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Avoiding Common Misconceptions About Depression

We live in a time of growing awareness about mental illness and about depression in particular. Thanks to public information campaigns and some famous people speaking out about their own struggles with depression, the condition doesn’t have the stigma it used to have. It wasn’t so long ago when people would go to great lengths to keep their depression a secret, even from family members. They certainly wouldn’t want to admit they sought help for...

Finding Gratitude For The Process Of Recovery

There are many advantages to cultivating gratitude in recovery. Studies have shown that frequent feelings of gratitude make people happier overall. There are a number of reasons for this. For one, gratitude makes you focus on what’s good about your life. There’s always room for improvement, but if you focus on the parts of your life that aren’t as good as you would like, you will always feel dissatisfied. Gratitude keeps your focus on what’s...

Why is Group Therapy So Common in Addiction Treatment?

Group therapy is a central element of most quality addiction treatment programs. Group therapy typically comprises between five and 15 members led by one or two facilitators. Group members share and discuss problems. Many people new to group therapy are understandably anxious about sharing personal problems with the group but most people group therapy effective and rewarding. [https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/group-therapy] The following are some of the reasons group therapy is a fixture in addiction treatment. Reduced feelings of...

What to Look for in an Addiction Treatment Program

As the opioid epidemic in the US continues to get worse, there is more need than ever for effective addiction treatment options. In 2017, more than 70,000 Americans died of drug overdose and each year more than 88,000 people die of alcohol-related causes. If you or someone you love is struggling with a substance use disorder, getting the right help can mean the difference between life and death. However there are around 14,000 addiction treatment...

Managing Stress in Addiction Recovery

Stress is one of the leading causes of cravings and relapse in people recovering from addiction. Feeling anxious or overwhelmed often makes you feel like you have to escape the situation or find some way to cope. In the past, that coping mechanism may have been drugs or alcohol, so under stress, you may think of using again. This urge may be especially strong if you’re feeling overwhelmed or hopeless, like it doesn’t matter anyway,...

Rebuilding Relationships Through Treatment in Addiction Recovery

Addiction is often harder on relationships than anything else in life. In fact, damage to relationships is one of the top reasons people finally seek treatment. Addiction makes you prioritize your preferred substance over everything else in your live, including the people closest to you. Addiction often leads to lies, deceit, manipulation, and broken promises. Even the people who care about you the most may be pushed past their limits. Fixing these relationships is often...

Using Patrick Hart Consultants To Stay Sober While Traveling: Support Network Communication

Traveling can present a number of challenges to someone recovering from addiction. Travel is often stressful, especially when things go wrong in an unfamiliar place. Travel takes you away from your normal routine and support network. Travel also presents many opportunities to drink, especially in airports and on flights. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, here are some tips to help you stay sober on your journey. Treatment and recovery offer every family the promise...

sick

It is a common statement within the recovery community. The supposed “point of surrender”, where an addict’s life has reached such great levels of unmanageability that continuing to live in active addiction was no longer effective or possible. Many find that they reach this point when they have reached the threshold tolerance of pain, discomfort, and / or cognitive dissonance. This can happen in one or more of these five areas: Physical, emotional, mental, spiritual...

learning

Breaking old habits is only half the battle in recovery. The habits that addicts in recovery seek to break are more accurately coping mechanisms. When these coping mechanisms are removed, it is absolutely integral to their continued sobriety that healthy and effective habits replace drugs and alcohol as seamlessly as possible. An addict who is new to recovery may find that they no longer have an outlet, healthy or unhealthy to cope with the aspects...

fitness

Many recovering addicts struggle with aspects of their lives due to prolonged substance abuse.  Maintaining healthy with regular exorcise accompanied by a heathy diet can benefit in an assortment of ways.  There have been many clinical trials and test that link personal fitness to recovery from addiction.  Treatment centers are becoming more and more aware of this and implementing accordingly.  There is a multitude of methods designed for maintaining fitness in recovery, some being less...