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There are many types of 12-Step programs—some spiritual and others secular. If Christian faith is instrumental for your sobriety, you may be interested in Celebrate Recovery. While traditional 12-Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) refer to a higher power in their tenets and practices, Celebrate Recovery is a “Christ-centered program...
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We’ve all experienced cravings for one thing or another—a cup of coffee, a piece of chocolate, even a cigarette. With these substances, our bodies go through physiological changes when we regularly consume them. Each prompts a chemical reaction in the brain: take it away, and our systems begin to wonder where it went. Caffeine is...
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There are many tough conversations parents and guardians need to have with children. One involves drug and alcohol use and the perils of addiction. Maybe your 2nd grader heard something on the playground. Perhaps you’ve noticed your teen’s behaviors are more unusual. Maybe an offhand comment about a relative at a family gathering raised questions...
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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) often has many consequences for people during the dark and cold days of winter. For a long time, medical professionals didn’t think that SAD really affected anyone; and that people who complained of feeling blue, lethargic, and generally uninterested in life during certain times of the year didn’t have a problem....
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The-Familys-Role-in-Recovery - family puzzle
Addiction recovery success is often reinforced by an individual’s support network. For many people, the foundation of that network is family. Make no mistake: one person with a substance abuse problem affects the entire family. It’s a disease without boundaries. In order for true healing to happen, all members should go through some form of...
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Let’s be honest: if you need substance abuse treatment, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is. It’s always going to be a challenging, life-changing decision. During the holidays, we often associate an idyllic greeting card experience with resolving all of our problems. We extend a lot of “if onlys” wishes upon the wonder...
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Preventing-Relapse-During-the-Holidays - brunette woman on sofa by fire
At any time, someone may become so overwhelmed by certain emotions they revert to unhealthy habits. For someone previously addicted to drugs or alcohol, this tendency isn’t greater or worse—just different. Resiliency has a lot to do with how we react to negative circumstances. The definition of resilience is “the capacity to recover quickly from...
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Setting-Boundaries-with-an-Addicted-Loved-One - man doing timeout hand signal
It’s heartbreaking to stand by as someone you love struggles with addiction. It’s devastating to know there’s only so much you can do. Right now, it’s important to understand you have the right to take care of yourself first. Just as you’re advised to do when flying: apply your oxygen mask before assisting others with...
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Dating-an-Addict-in-Recovery-How-to-Make-Your-Relationship-Stronger - young couple with stocking caps
No matter how nonjudgmental of a person you may be, finding out that the person you’re dating is in recovery can be a tough truth to navigate. Depending on your background and how much you understand about the disease of addiction, reactions will vary. For some people, finding out that the person you’re dating once...
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