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June 25, 2021

Sober Sex and Being Present in the Moment

Sex is many things to many people. You can find pleasure, guilt, or comfort in being intimate. Societal taboos around sex can inhibit you from talking with others about likes,…

climate change Mental Health
June 21, 2021

Helping Those With Mental Health and Addiction Disorders Process Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most talked-about topics in political, social media, and media circles. The stress of weather events that cause excessive damage and the rise of morbidity…

glow-up Addiction
June 17, 2021

The Effects of Substances and a Sobriety Glow Up

Glow-ups are proof you can improve your looks or life. You are achieving the after-look takes time and dedication—the key to looking good and feeling good lies in how you…

therapists Mental Health
June 15, 2021

The Effects of COVID-19 on Therapists

When the COVID-19 pandemic led to stay-at-home regulations, many people lost ways to socialize and maintain economic stability. The world turned upside down as people tried to navigate the changing…

life after treatment Treatment
June 11, 2021

Pink Clouds: Life After Addiction Treatment

Life can seem limitless when you come out of detox or addiction treatment. You feel hopeful, sound, and ready to take on the world. You are pink clouding. What is…

nutrition Health
June 7, 2021

Nutrition as a Part of the Recovery Process

For many, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we see and think about food. Plant-based diets became popular during COVID-19. As people moved towards a plant-based diet, those with a…

addiction Addiction
June 3, 2021

Think Sobriety Sucks? Addiction Is Worse

Sobriety can suck. Recovery can suck, but addiction is worse. Once you go through addiction treatment, you can understand why people say recovery sucks, but accepting the reality of sobriety…

gaining weight Addiction
June 1, 2021

Why Those With Substance Use Disorders Gain Weight

Gaining weight can be a side effect of early addiction treatment. During the beginning stage of substance addiction treatment, clients start to shed the toxins and the consequences of substances….

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May 26, 2021

Strategies for Counselors Transitioning Back to In-Person Care

COVID-19 required non-essential businesses to shut down, including psychological and addiction services. As vaccination rollouts ensure more people received vaccination against COVID-19 and states relax their quarantine regulations, you may ask…

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May 21, 2021

What to Do When Drinking Is “Part of the Job”

Drinking alcohol is ingrained in many workplace cultures. Whether in the creative, tech, or business industry, a common idea that encompasses all these workplaces is that drinking is integral to…

burnout HealthMental Health
May 17, 2021

Rethinking the “Self-Care” Solution to Burnout

There are many holistic, self-care-oriented tips and techniques that can be helpful to manage stress and maintain mental health. However, these self-care strategies may not be sufficient enough when seeking…

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May 13, 2021

Complications Musicians May Face in Recovery

At first glance, many people may only see the seemingly all glamorous lifestyle of the rich and famous without realizing the consequences that can arise with it. Popular culture can…

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May 11, 2021

Helping SUD Clients Cope with Social Anxiety as COVID-19 Restrictions Ease

The COVID-19 vaccination rate continues to increase. As more people are vaccinated, the push to re-open businesses and relax social restrictions is also growing. The decrease in social regulations and…

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May 8, 2021

The Importance of Adaptability in Addiction Recovery

Deciding to enter into treatment requires individuals to undergo a tremendous amount of change. Transitioning into a sober lifestyle means changing many aspects of a person’s way of life, thinking,…

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May 5, 2021

A New Look at the “California Dream” and What it Means for Your Recovery

California has been the dreamland of many people who hope to gain wealth, stardom, or simply start over. It is equally a state of mind as it is a state:…

Addiction
May 3, 2021

The Portrayal of Addiction in the Media

Whether it be romanticized, watered down, or exaggerated, T.V. shows and movies that depict addiction are more for entertainment than educating the actual realities of the disease. Because of this,…

woman-sitting-in-chair Mental Health
April 30, 2021

Identifying Signs of a Co-Occurring Disorder

Despite popular portrayals of addiction in movies and television shows, addiction does not exist in a vacuum. Numerous factors go into the development of addiction that also work to sustain…

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April 27, 2021

Seeing the “Whole Person” in Treatment for Addiction

When a person is living with addiction, it affects many aspects of their life. Therefore, when they seek care, treatment should address the whole person’s needs to be successful. Incorporating…

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April 22, 2021

Self-Care for the Addiction Professional

Treatment counselors and addiction professionals experience multiple, unique stressors in varying aspects of their jobs. They help clients who are dealing with complicated issues and are responsible for assisting clients…

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April 19, 2021

Spring Into Action by Planting Deeper Roots in Recovery

Many have heard the term “spring cleaning” before. But did you know that spring is not only the time for cleaning but a time to create activities focused on recovery?…

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April 17, 2021

Clarity and Balance While Setting Boundaries in Recovery

There comes a moment in life where we all want balance, but that can get obstructed when addiction takes control. When you or a loved one desires clarity and balance…

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April 15, 2021

Helping Clients Develop a Sense of Belonging While in Recovery

A sense of community, a feeling of support and understanding, and a genuine connection with others are all human desires and needs. However, when many clients seek addiction treatment, many…

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April 13, 2021

Stay Strong in April: Focus on Your Health

Focusing on your health and learning to stay strong while going through addiction recovery may seem overwhelming. It takes a push to set new goals and challenges to focus on…

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April 11, 2021

Should Cigarette Smoking be Addressed in Treatment for Addiction?

Integrating tobacco dependence treatment across substance abuse programs can improve overall health services for those wishing to recover. Addressing an individual’s smoking while in treatment provides various benefits that can…

Mental HealthTreatment
March 25, 2021

5 Ways an Addiction Treatment Professional Can Ease Their Stress and Anxiety

Although you may be the ones typically handing out advice on managing stress, this past year may have caused you to feel overwhelmed by the endurance required to succeed at…

AddictionRecovery
March 24, 2021

Facing Alcoholism in a Drinking Culture

From excessive drinking among the ancient Greeks and Romans to modern-day frat parties and beer festivals, drinking has long been a part of human culture. It has been a way…

AddictionRecovery
March 19, 2021

The Importance of Normalizing “It’s Okay Not to Be Okay”

Throughout our lives, we may have frequently heard sayings such as “suck it up,” “don’t cry,” “be a man,” or “snap out of it” that tend to minimize an individual’s…

AddictionRecovery
March 18, 2021

The Instant Gratification Trap

In today’s society, and with the advent of new technologies, we are used to being gratified instantly. We can communicate with others whenever we want, shop online, have it shipped…

AddictionRecovery
March 12, 2021

Spring: An Opportune Time to Start Your Recovery

As the snow begins to melt, the grasses begin to green, and the flowers start blooming; the season of spring brings about thoughts of life, rebirth, and renewal. As the…

AddictionMental Health
March 11, 2021

The Complex Connection Between Anxiety Disorders and Substance Use Disorders

Most everyone experiences a natural amount of anxiety in response to stressful or dangerous situations. But when anxiety becomes persistent, based on unfounded fears, and interferes with daily life, it…

Mental HealthRecovery
March 2, 2021

Having Fun in Sobriety

Now that you are sober, the idea of occupying your newfound free time with fun activities during and after treatment may feel challenging. You may be thinking to yourself, now…

AddictionTreatment
March 1, 2021

The Benefits of Collaborative Care in Addiction Treatment

Every individual is unique, and each case of addiction treatment is going to be equally as unique. Some people may have underlying medical issues, while others may have a co-occurring…

AddictionRecovery
February 26, 2021

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Withdrawal Symptoms: How Medical Detox Can Help

When you are struggling with a substance use disorder, the idea of quitting can be overwhelming. A medically supervised detox can help those who are unsure about facing withdrawal symptoms…

Mental HealthRecovery
February 24, 2021

Regular Exercise: A Powerful Countermeasure to Cravings

Although there is no stand-alone therapy or technique infallible for substance abuse treatment, many providers may find that using various strategies is most effective. In addition to psychotherapy, educational tools,…

AddictionTreatment
February 16, 2021

Maintaining Proper Nutrition After Detox

The effects of alcohol and drug abuse on our bodies can be long-lasting. Recovering from substance use disorder after a carefully monitored detox is a process that requires attention to…

Mental HealthRecovery
February 12, 2021

Principles of Trauma-Informed Substance Abuse Treatment

A trauma-informed care approach in the treatment of substance abuse considers the prevalence of trauma’s impact on an individual’s life, wellbeing, and the path to recovery. This approach helps substance…

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