Dual diagnosis is a term used when a person has a mood disorder such as depression or anxiety alongside a problem with alcohol or drugs. So, going back to the analogy of having a headache, people suffering from dual diagnosis will use drugs to mask the symptoms of their mood disorders, which in turn causes more harm.
There’s no right or wrong way to achieve lasting sobriety. When it comes down to it, as long as you’re doing it in a healthy way, it’s really the results that matter. This is why there are so many different recovery resources available; although we have a tendency to gravitate toward addiction treatment programs as … Continue reading Why Your Sobriety Dates Are Important
Active drug addicts can be summed up in just a few words: ripping and running, neglecting responsibilities, lying, stealing, cheating, and virtually a giant tornado damaging everyone and everything around them. However, if these same drug addicts sober up and dedicate their lives to a program of recovery, their new lives can be explained in … Continue reading The Hardest Obstacles of Recovery
When it comes to addiction and cravings, there’s no easy way to overcome them. In short, anyone who develops an addiction will inevitably experience cravings at some point in the recovery process and likely even in more advanced stages of long-term recovery. However, even though cravings are an unavoidable, it’s often the case that those … Continue reading What are drug cravings & how can I deal with them?
Returning to everyday life after drug and alcohol rehab can be filled with triggers and temptations. Avoid these 3 things to ensure a healthy recovery.
Nutrition and Sobriety Healthy eating is a good goal for people in recovery. Us sober folks have beat up our bodies pretty bad. Good, balanced food gives the body energy and helps repair organ tissue and strengthens the immune system. Because of our past lifestyle, a well-balanced diet provides the nutritional building blocks we need … Continue reading Getting Started with a Plant-Based Diet? Don’t Worry
Recovery is hard, and it’s taxing on anyone’s mental health. One of the best ways to prepare your mind for what’s coming is to take some time to practice some sort of mindfulness exercise. Just a few minutes a day of meditation, prayer, or focus breathing can relieve stress and reduce the risks of a relapse.
The Celebrate Recovery versus Alcoholics Anonymous discussion When I originally wrote about Celebrate recovery, almost two years ago it was enjoyed by some, but not a "popular" article. What has blown my mind is the comment section. It has taken on a life of its own. So it only made sense, to pull it out, … Continue reading Is “Celebrate Recovery” A Good Alternative to 12-Step Programs?
Most everyone is familiar with the 12-Step program associated with Alcoholics Anonymous. This popular fellowship program has been around since the late 1930s assisting members worldwide in their quest to live a life without drugs and alcohol. What is less familiar, but just as significant in the addiction and recovery world, are the non 12-Step … Continue reading Non 12-Step Addiction Rehab Programs Explained
Addiction Treatment is Over - Now What? It takes a lot of guts to admit there is a substance abuse problem and begin the difficult path to getting sober and free again. Addiction treatment is a major step, but it’s not the whole process. In fact, the process will continue for the rest of … Continue reading Moving Forward: What Needs to Happen When the Addiction Treatment is Completed