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Does Prayer Really Help Reduce Cravings?

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  Prayer and spiritual awakenings have always been integral to the 12-step approach. Step 11 is: “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” Of course, other steps involving turning your… Read On »

What’s Wrong with Self-medicating?

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It’s often said that someone with unhealthy substance use patterns is self-medicating. At least half–and possibly many more–of people with substance use disorders also have a co-occurring mental health issue. These typically include anxiety disorders, major depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive/compulsive disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, or autism spectrum disorders. Often, someone… Read On »

Coping with Suicidal Thoughts

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  If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). When living with addiction and mental health issues, our suicidal thoughts are some of the most painful and debilitating symptoms we commonly experience. Our toxic, self-destructive thought patterns convince us that we’re not good enough, that our… Read On »

How Does Learning to Tolerate Discomfort Improve Your Recovery?

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Learning to tolerate discomfort is a skill that will frequently be useful in addiction recovery. Learning to tolerate discomfort, or “distress tolerance,” is a specific skill taught as part of dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT. DBT is a specific form of cognitive behavioral therapy developed to help people with borderline personality disorder, but which has… Read On »

Why Does Forgiveness Matter in Addiction Recovery?

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Quite a lot has been said about forgiveness in addiction recovery. This may seem to make little sense. After all, what do anger, blame, and resentment have to do with drinking too much or using other substances? A lot, actually. Often, addiction is exacerbated by something else, such as trauma, abuse, or neglect. For some… Read On »

7 Tips for Breaking Bad Habits in Recovery

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A successful recovery from addiction requires making a lot of changes. Recovery isn’t just about abstinence, but rather making healthy lifestyle changes, including spending time with positive people, eating healthy, getting regular exercise, sleeping enough, and sticking to a recovery plan. It also means letting go of the unhealthy habits that are holding you back.… Read On »

Sharing as Inspiration

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When we’re doing the work to recover, we can be deeply afraid of sharing our stories for fear of being judged or rejected. We have been met with so much criticism and judgment in the past, it can take us some time to get used to the idea of being received with openheartedness and understanding.… Read On »

What Are the Advantages of 12-step Programs?

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12-step programs such as AA have been around a long time and helped a lot of people get sober. However, in the years since AA started, there have been many advances in the field of addiction recovery. We now have many evidence-based treatments to help people get sober and stay sober. Some of these include… Read On »

Is There a Place for Spirituality in Modern Addiction Treatment?

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80 years ago, the treatment options for addiction were pretty limited. People with alcohol use disorders might have been committed to psychiatric institutions or else were left to die from their condition. AA was a big improvement, using introspection, fellowship, and spiritual awakening to help people quit drinking. In the years since, faith has played… Read On »

How Can Telemedicine Help Treat Addiction?

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Telemedicine, or telehealth, is the relatively new practice of consulting with a doctor or therapist remotely, typically through a secure internet connection. Typically, a doctor or therapist will talk to patients through video conferencing on a computer, smartphone, or tablet. This can work especially well for therapy related to addiction or a mental health issue.… Read On »