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The Recovering Addict–Stages of Healing

The Recovering Addict--Stages of Healing The recovering addict has already accomplished a great deal by the time they leave rehab and has grown through a great many challenges. Recovery can be seen to start long before withdrawal and detox. Even in active addiction, we transform little by little, deciding that substance use is a problem, [...]

By | January 25th, 2018|Blog, Recovery|Comments Off on The Recovering Addict–Stages of Healing

Resisting Treatment? You Can Break Through to Recovery

Resisting Treatment? You Can Break Through to Recovery Are you resisting treatment for your addiction, or do you have an addicted loved one who is? It's a difficult spot to be in. On the one hand, treatment seems such an obvious need, but on the other, it appears that it just won't get done. A [...]

By | January 25th, 2018|Blog, Rehab|Comments Off on Resisting Treatment? You Can Break Through to Recovery

Reversing Addiction’s Damage—Recovery and the Brain

Reversing Addiction’s Damage—Recovery and the Brain Recovery and the brain can often be a tricky subject. Many people who are overcoming addictions worry about any damage their brains might have suffered as a result of drinking or using substances. The brain has to heal from active addiction, and this involves reversing the damage of prolonged [...]

By | January 24th, 2018|Blog, Healthy recovery|Comments Off on Reversing Addiction’s Damage—Recovery and the Brain

Holistic Rehab–Had Enough? Maybe It’s Time for a New Approach

Holistic Rehab--Had Enough? Maybe It's Time for a New Approach Holistic rehab isn't for everybody. For that matter, any one approach isn't for everybody either. However, it hasn't been too long since people with addictions had much of an option. Fortunately, that has changed in recent years, and we now have a diverse array of [...]

By | January 22nd, 2018|Alternative Addiction Treatments, Blog|Comments Off on Holistic Rehab–Had Enough? Maybe It’s Time for a New Approach

The Meaning of Sobriety–How It Works and What Changes It Brings

The Meaning of Sobriety--How It Works and What Changes It Brings The meaning of sobriety can be a very personal one, of course. Everyone's journey through the pain of addiction and recovery is a deeply private one. But, then, too, there are many common experiences as well. For example, sobriety brings everyone more serenity and [...]

By | January 21st, 2018|Blog, Overcoming Addiction|Comments Off on The Meaning of Sobriety–How It Works and What Changes It Brings

Healing from Addiction–the Challenges and the Victories

Healing from Addiction—the Challenges and the Victories Healing from addiction is a multi-layered process, and it is an ongoing process for quite some time. Some even say we will always be in recovery if we have had an active addiction. The beauty of recovery is that it occurs in stages and in each stage, you [...]

By | January 20th, 2018|Blog, Overcoming Addiction|Comments Off on Healing from Addiction–the Challenges and the Victories

Preventing Relapse–Identifying Stages, Signals and Cues

Preventing Relapse--Identifying Stages, Signals and Cues Preventing relapse is one's core priority in any recovery effort. It is the foundation and other benefits and pursuits of recovery depend upon this simple foundation. Treatment and skill building help prepare you for the tough times of sobriety. You can prepare well at the outset of your efforts, [...]

By | January 19th, 2018|Blog, Relapse Prevention|Comments Off on Preventing Relapse–Identifying Stages, Signals and Cues

Progress in Overcoming Addiction–It’s a Process

  Progress in Overcoming Addiction—It’s a Process Progress in overcoming addiction is often hard to see. For you, that is. Typically, others can see the progress we are making much more clearly. That’s because they’re not inside your nervous system trying to navigate all the changes you’re going through. You can look like the picture [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|Blog, Recovery|Comments Off on Progress in Overcoming Addiction–It’s a Process

Healing the Family After Addiction

  Healing the Family After Addiction Healing the family damage of addiction can feel overwhelming to everyone. Each loved one will have suffered from active addiction with their own particular struggles and emotional pain. And, no two family members will have had the same reactions although they shared many situations and events. Each Family Member [...]

By | January 14th, 2018|Blog, Rebuilding Families and Addiction Recovery|Comments Off on Healing the Family After Addiction

Inside a Substance Disorder—the Mechanics of the Illness

Inside a Substance Disorder—the Mechanics of the Illness A Substance Disorder is an illness—what we commonly call substance abuse or addiction. It is diagnosable by a standard list of symptoms medically, and its ‘remission’, or recovery from it, is diagnosed by the absence of those symptoms. A Substance Disorder (or more accurately, a Substance Use [...]

By | January 13th, 2018|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on Inside a Substance Disorder—the Mechanics of the Illness