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Alcoholism

On this page you will find a listing of all Willingway blog articles in the alcoholism category.

Understanding-the-Benefits-of-Transitional-Living-After-Treatment - diverse group of women outdoors hugging
To help continue a solid road to recovery, your counselor’s continuum of care plan may include transitioning you from inpatient rehabilitation to an extended stay or sober living program. While your initial treatment helped you achieve a chemically-free baseline, there are still aspects of behavior, environmental influences, and perhaps even more complex medical issues that...
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Is-Addiction-Hereditary - grandmother and granddaughter close up
A common question about substance abuse is whether it’s hereditary. Yes, there can be a genetic predisposition to substance abuse. In fact, the American Psychological Association (APA) states that “at least half of a person’s susceptibility to drug or alcohol addiction can be linked to genetic factors.” However, understanding the other half of that equation...
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Establishing-a-Sober-Network - group of young friends with arms around each other
While many people overcome their fears to triumph over drug and alcohol addiction, recovery can also be a frightening experience. Choosing a sober life requires perseverance. Your decisions to stay the course are authentic, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be moments when you feel isolated. Creating a network of resources can help you avoid...
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Signs-Your-Teen-Has-a-Substance-Abuse-Problem - pretty young lady in hoodie grafitti wall background
Although it may be hard to admit, your adolescent son or daughter, or another teenage loved one, may have a substance abuse problem. It’s important to know the difference between indicators of drug or alcohol use and typical teen behavior. Early detection and intervention are two critical tools to helping young people before addiction patterns...
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The-Strength-of-Long-Term-Treatment - Blake Arnold
An Interview with WW Counselor & Alum Blake Arnold If you’ve come through Willingway in the last 6 years, you’re likely to remember Louie’s House alumni Blake Arnold, CAC I, whether he served you breakfast, shared his recovery experience with you on the detox unit, or helped get you into treatment during his time in...
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Handling-Insomnia-While-in-Recovery - tired woman in bed upset
If you’re experiencing sleeplessness after substance abuse treatment, you’re not alone. Many Americans have sleep deficits. Unfortunately, because you’re in recovery, you have a greater chance of suffering from insomnia than most people, at least temporarily. Sleep deprivation can be serious, so it’s important to develop a bedtime ritual, adapt good sleep hygiene, and embrace...
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Who Needs to Know You've Been in Rehab? - silhouette of girl on green grey background
When you’ve completed rehabilitation for substance abuse disorder, it’s a major life event. Does this mean that everyone needs to know about it? That’s totally up to you. There are many reasons why you may need to reveal this transition, and yet other situations don’t require any explanation. You’ll have to evaluate each circumstance and...
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Why Being in Nature Is Good for You - young man in forest with hoodie and backpack
At the end of the day, all you may need is a good forest bath to help you stay well. A topic that made national news not too long ago, the concept of forest bathing is just one of many back-to-nature practices that provide therapeutic benefits. And there’s no time like the present to connect...
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How Does a 12-Step Program Help You? - group of young people with arms around each other
There’s a strong correlation between 12-Step programs and addiction recovery. Probably the most famous is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), “an international fellowship of men and women who have a drinking problem.” Founder Bill W. developed a book in 1939, now known as the Big Book, which outlined a 12-Step process for someone recovering from alcoholism to...
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Man meditating outdoors - Ways to Prevent Relapse
There’s not a tried and true method for preventing relapse: just a series of reminders that help you focus on wellness. Too often, people don’t understand that the work someone puts into recovery only begins with specialized treatment. Afterward, each day requires you to use techniques learned in rehabilitation to stay focused on your value,...
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