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Comorbidity in Older Adults

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Dr. John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP | Chief Clinical Officer He was 66 when the accident happened. A successful trial attorney, Jack was in good overall health and he loved spending most of his non-working time with his family, especially his 10-year-old grandson, Alex.  Jack had always been a social drinker but never really had… Read On »

The 4 Easiest Ways to Be a Little Healthier in Recovery

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  Making healthy lifestyle changes is an important part of a successful recovery from a substance use disorder. The big changes, like adopting a regular exercise habit, creating a strong sober network, and eating a healthy diet take persistent effort to accomplish. However, they largely consist of many small changes, some of which are easy… Read On »

5 Products With Hidden Alcohol

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    When recovering from addiction, it’s important to beware of challenges in any form. Stress is a major challenge for most people, as are people, places, and things associated with drugs or alcohol. It’s especially important to watch out for alcohol hidden in surprising places. People recovering from addiction, especially from alcohol use disorder,… Read On »

Being Sober on St. Patrick’s Day

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  While some may say that a sober person cannot go anywhere alcohol is served, we believe that recovery offers the freedom to go anywhere. With the St. Patrick’s Day coming up, you might be invited to celebrations. Although St. Patrick’s Day is often a fun celebration, there is also a lot of drinking involved… Read On »

Sacrificing Relationships for Our Recovery

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  Of all the things we have to give up in order to recover, we can find that the relationships we have to sacrifice are the hardest to come to terms with. Our relationships mean so much to us. They provide us with companionship and emotional support. They provide us with a sense of security,… Read On »

The Sacrifices We Make for Sobriety

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  In the depths of addiction, many of us settle for low standards and unstable relationships that can actually exacerbate our suffering. The discomfort of addiction becomes comfortable. As the illness consumes us, we may even develop other addictions, such as gambling or sex, in an effort to fill the void. We become complacent in… Read On »

Changing Our Mentality for a Healthier Lifestyle

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When we are working to recover, there are some changes we need to make to our lifestyles and our behaviors to help us stay on track with our sobriety. Unfortunately, our daily lives before recovery were centered around substances and the wide variety behaviors that accompany addiction. Our thoughts and our focus revolved around how… Read On »

Separating Ourselves from Toxicity

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Relationships with people who bring toxicity and turmoil into our lives can disturb our peace and disrupt our recovery efforts. People who are toxic rob us of our energy, our joy, and our feelings of stability and calm. They can add to our sadness, confusion and overwhelm, contributing to our depression, anxiety and other mental health… Read On »

Healing from Shame in Recovery

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If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Our work to recover includes healing not only from our dependence on addictive substances and behaviors but also from the many emotional issues that formed our dependence in the first place. The obsession to use often perpetuated unhealthy… Read On »

5 Constructive Ways to Express Anger

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Anger is often closely tied to addiction. It is a normal response to the hurt caused by trauma, abuse, or neglect. However, many people don’t deal with their anger in a healthy way. They either lose control and become aggressive or even violent, or they repress their anger, which can lead to depression and anxiety.… Read On »