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The Recovery Benefits of a Family Program

When addiction strikes, it hurts more than the person who struggles with the disease. Substance use disorders cause physical, emotional, and mental pain that radiates out to families and friends. Arguably, it is the people closest to those suffering from addiction who feel the most severe impacts of the disease. Often, those people are family …

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3 Reasons Why Parents Should Consider Going to Al-Anon

There are three simple, common-sense reasons parents should consider going to Al-Anon or Nar-Anon when a child is experiencing a substance use disorder: Education, healthy boundaries and self-care.Attending Al-Anon actually improves your child’s chances of seeking treatment and remaining in recovery. Substance use disorders are medical conditions impacting the entire family. When one family seeks …

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Letting Go of the Past: How to Heal Guilt in Sobriety

Guilt in sobriety threatens to derail recovery when mishandled. Often, it’s shame, guilt’s evil twin, which takes recovering folks down. And guilt can morph into shame if you aren’t careful.According to Brené Brown, a renowned shame and vulnerability researcher, the difference between guilt and shame is simple in theory.“Shame is a focus on self, guilt …

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Building Confidence in Addiction and Mental Health Treatment

Treatment Helps Inspire Recovery Living with a substance use or a mental health disorder often undermines confidence. Addiction or mental health challenges can seem to define you entirely. After all, it seems to touch every area of your life, and you may feel the effects of stigmatization from other people. Perhaps that stigma has made you hesitant …

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How Mindfulness Practice Improves Addiction Treatment Recovery

How Mindfulness Practice Improves Addiction Treatment Recovery

Mindfulness practice is an excellent tool for someone in addiction treatment. Let go of any new-age preconceptions you may have about mindfulness practice. Instead, imagine for a minute you are faced with one of life’s many stresses. Not hard to do, right? Or, maybe you have a day when you feel like all of life’s stresses …

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Art Therapy is a Powerful Addiction Recovery Tool

Art Therapy: A powerful addiction recovery tool

Art therapy is a powerful tool in addiction recovery. Many addiction treatment centers, including The Ranch Pennsylvania, use trained art therapists to help patients express difficult emotions.For someone in recovery from a substance use disorder, they may carry a lot of shame around past actions which hurt family members and friends. Because these feelings are …

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Recovery Maintenance Why Addiction Aftercare Matters

Recovery Maintenance: Why Addiction Aftercare Matters

Addiction aftercare is crucial for long term addiction recovery. Aftercare is the term used for the period after leaving an inpatient addiction recovery center.  If you’re new to addiction recovery, the idea of 10 years, five years, or even one year sober may seem like a long shot. It’s not a long shot. Once you create …

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Why Overcoming Addiction Isn’t a Straight Path

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert FrostWhile it is safe to assume that Robert Frost was not speaking of overcoming addiction when he wrote this, recovery is more like walking through the woods on a rocky …

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5 Key Components to Look for in Mental Health Programs

5 Key Components to Look for in Mental Health Programs

You or a loved one are faced with the decision to seek help for a mental health diagnosis, mental health disorder or uncertainty in knowing that something does not feel right. Accepting that you or a loved one needs help is a step in the right direction in changing your current trajectory.Finding the right mental …

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Common Relapse Triggers

Common Relapse TriggersThings like cravings and triggers can remain for weeks, months, or even years after your last use, which is why relapsing is common. A relapse happens when you develop a substance abuse disorder after achieving a period of sobriety and abstinence. Overall, up to 60% of people with a substance abuse disorder relapse. …

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