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Do You Hold Any of These Common Misconceptions About Therapy?

Therapy is central to any addiction treatment plan. Not only can therapy help change behaviors and thinking patterns related to addiction but it can help treat the underlying causes of addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about half of adults and 60 percent of adolescents with substance use issues also have a co-occurring mental health issue. These typically include depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, ADHD, psychotic disorders, and others. The relationship between addiction...

6 Ways to Care for Yourself When a Loved One is Addicted

Having a loved one who struggles with a substance use disorder can be incredibly stressful. You may worry about them a lot, fearing they’ll get hurt, arrested, or worse. You may worry your loved one’s substance use will lead to unemployment or homelessness. In some cases, you may worry that your loved one will become violent or bring violent people into your life. You may worry they will lie to you or steal from you....

4 Ways Addiction Recovery is Challenging for Teens

Although many people assume teens are too young to develop substance use disorders, it’s actually not that uncommon. The 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that about seven percent of teens--more than 1.7 million individuals--between the ages of 12 and 17 met the criteria for a substance use disorder. Even if a teen doesn’t technically have a substance use disorder, frequent substance use can have serious consequences, including delayed cognitive development, riskier...

What is Recovery Capital and How Can it Help You Stay Sober?

Simply put, recovery capital is everything in your life that helps you enter recovery and stay there. In the financial world, capital is everything that helps you make money, such as stocks, businesses, real estate, equipment, and so on. The more capital you have, the easier it is to make money. Similarly, the more recovery capital you have, the easier it is to stay sober and progress in your recovery from addiction.  Recovery capital can include...

Why Do Only Some People Develop PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a condition that sometimes develops after a traumatic experience. Although it’s normal to feel anxious or re-experience a traumatic event in the days or weeks following the event, these symptoms typically go away on their own in a relatively short time. However, people who develop PTSD continue to experience symptoms including nightmares or flashbacks about the event, avoiding things related to the event, negative changes in feelings and beliefs,...

How to Get Rumination Under Control

The concept of rumination in psychology is based on the process in which cows regurgitate and rechew their food. When humans ruminate, we remember some past experience or something we’re worried about and we go over it again and again in our heads, endlessly rechewing it. Rumination makes us feel like we’re solving a problem but in fact we’re just digging ourselves into a rut. Rumination can actually impair your problem-solving abilities and lead to...

Why Comparing Yourself to Others Slows Your Recovery from Addiction

One of the keys to a successful recovery from addiction is to have a strong sober network. These are the other sober people you rely on. They are often friends from treatment or members of your 12-step group, but you might make sober friends just about anywhere. When you have a strong sober network, you have more resources to draw on in tough times. Just knowing that support is there and being able to talk...

7 Common Recovery Mistakes

Success in recovery is just as much about avoiding big mistakes as it is about doing the right things. You can have a solid recovery plan and follow it most of the time but one or two big mistakes can lead to relapse and other setbacks. The good news is that many people have been through recovery before you and by listening to them, you can avoid the most common mistakes.  Isolating yourself Isolating yourself is the...

5 Healthy Ways to Manage Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issues in the US. More than 19 percent of American adults had an anxiety disorder in the past year and more than 30 percent of Americans will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. [https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/any-anxiety-disorder.shtml] An anxiety disorder significantly increases your risk of developing a substance use disorder. About 20 percent of people with anxiety disorders develop a substance use disorder at some point...

Why Emotional Intelligence Is Crucial for Addiction Recovery

There’s a lot more to addiction recovery than just abstinence. In fact, people who try to stop using drugs and alcohol through sheer willpower are often miserable and don’t stay sober for very long. A really solid recovery is based on changing the way you think, living a healthier lifestyle, and building a strong social support network. Improving your emotional intelligence is the foundation of all of these. The following are the main characteristics of...