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How Do We Become Self-Destructive?

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For many of us living with addiction and mental health issues, we experience a disturbing trend that is unfortunately very common – the overwhelming desire to self-destruct. Our thoughts revolve around how we can harm ourselves. We suffer from low self-esteem and a tainted self-image. Our self-perception is based on self-hatred, self-judgment, and self-rejection. How… 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 »

3 Unhealthy Habits that are Common in Addiction Recovery

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Quitting drugs and alcohol is possibly the best thing you can do for your health. Accidental death, which includes overdose, is one of the leading causes of mortality in younger people and chronic substance use can lead to serious health problems later in life. However, many people let other bad habits creep in during recovery.… Read On »

Why is Self-Love Critical for Recovery?

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Those of us living with addiction and mental health issues are no strangers to insecurity and low self-esteem. We lack the confidence and sense of self to prioritize our health and well-being. We reject ourselves so much that we compound our own mental and emotional pain. This can make us resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms… Read On »

Don’t Let Impostor Syndrome Sabotage Your Recovery

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Impostor syndrome is the persistent feeling that you don’t really deserve your success. People experiencing impostor syndrome typically feel like their success is a matter of luck or that they have somehow deceived others into believing they are smarter or more capable than they actually are. As a result, they are constantly afraid of being… Read On »

Can You Travel for Healing?

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Before we recover, some of us attempt to escape addiction with a “geographical cure.” In other words, we move or travel as a way to “outsmart” addiction – a plan which is doomed to failure. But once we recover, can travel help us to grow and heal? Many people associate travel with leisure, with going… Read On »

4 Ways to Fight Fatigue Early in Addiction Recovery

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  It’s common to feel fatigued early in addiction recovery. Exactly why you feel fatigued depends on your specific circumstances, though all of them relate to brain health. For example, if you’re recovering from a cocaine addiction, your brain is trying to function without the powerful stimulant it has come to rely on. If you’re… Read On »

4 Ways to Manage Your Expectations in Addiction Recovery

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  There are several reasons it’s good to manage your expectations going into addiction recovery. You obviously have to have some expectation that your life will improve, otherwise, it’s hard to stay motivated. However, expecting too much too soon can be discouraging. No one has the exact same experience of recovery, but there are inevitably… Read On »

Why You Should Manage Your Expectations in Addiction Recovery

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  It’s often said that you should go into treatment with no expectations about recovery. This is a bit tricky. After all, why go to the trouble of detox, treatment, and maintaining abstinence if you had no expectation your life would get better? Clearly, you have to expect some kind of improvement just to keep… Read On »

Changing Our Emotional Response to Relapse

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  How we respond to the challenges that arise in our recovery, such as relapse, can make all the difference in whether we stay on track with our sobriety goals or continue to fall off the wagon. Our emotions play a huge role in our behaviors. When we’re shaming ourselves for relapsing, for example, we’re… Read On »