Dealing with a toxic family member is never a walk in the park, but dealing with a toxic family member 24/7 will inevitably eat away at your energy and self esteem. While you can easily cut ties with a toxic friend at any time, a unique family situation, like choosing to self-quarantine, may not provide you with many opportunities to physically distance yourself. If you’re stuck at home with a toxic family member during your Covid-19 self-quarantine, you don’t need to [...]
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Studies show that social isolation’s effects on mental health are extensive. Amid the recent novel Coronavirus outbreak, many United States citizens haven’t been able to gather and support each other with hugs and hand-holds. Instead, many of us (millions of us, to be exact) are stuck at home alone, trying to find normality in anxiety. And after a long time of loneliness and social isolation, our brains and bodies physically can’t tolerate it anymore. If you’ve felt lower than usual, [...]
After undergoing treatment for addiction, sobriety comes with a sense of relief. Recovery is a long and complex process. It requires diligence and commitment to staying sober. Outside of rehabilitation, the support of friends and family plays a huge role in keeping loved ones accountable. Recovering from addiction is often a slow and deliberate process. There are many things that can help simplify trying to stay sober. The first year of recovery can often be the most vulnerable. Introducing new romantic [...]
Drug and alcohol rehabilitation can be a long and complicated journey. Understanding what to expect during recovery and rehabilitation is an important part of maintaining sobriety. Rehabilitation teaches many different strategies for recovery. One element of recovery that can play a vital role in a healthy lifestyle outside of treatment is nutrition. Here are some of the ways that nutrition can contribute to the recovery process. Strengthening Your Body After Withdrawal Drug and alcohol withdrawal can have many different effects on [...]
Treating addiction can be a long process. It often starts by removing the substances that you are addicted to, but removing the substances is not all there is to recovery. Changing addictive thought patterns and enrolling in a rehabilitation center are essential steps to successful recovery. In order to start changing negative thoughts, people struggling with addiction must learn how to replace destructive behavior with positive behavior. Creating healthy boundaries can help those struggling with substance abuse move forward into a [...]
Those suffering from addiction do not usually intend to become addicted to drugs or alcohol. Sadly, substance abuse can make us do things we normally wouldn't do. Addiction can occur quickly, and when it does it is difficult to recover from. For people suffering from substance abuse, honesty about addiction can be hard to swallow. Here are some key reasons as to why honesty is important to recovery. Dishonesty Can be A Trigger Dishonesty can serve as a way to keep an [...]
Recovering from a substance abuse problem is a lifelong journey. Recovery is a long process and those committed the pursuit of recovery encounter day-to-day obstacles. Returning to society after rehab can introduce many temptations that can make recovery more difficult. Normal social encounters present temptations that may compromise sobriety. Attending parties where alcohol is present can sometimes be hard to navigate. Here are a few tips that those in recovery can use to have fun at parties while staying sober: 1. [...]
According to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdose-related deaths stemming from the misuse and abuse of opioids have been on the rise in America since 1999. In a separate study published by USA Today, fentanyl, along with other synthetic opioids, claimed the lives of over 32,000 people in America in 2018. Developed in 1959 and introduced in the United States in the 1960s, fentanyl is a Schedule II drug that is often prescribed to individuals [...]
Making the decision to go to rehab is a life changing decision. There are both physical and emotional aspects of addiction. Professional rehabilitation can help people dealing with substance abuse overcome the hurdles and obstacles that come with it. Overcoming these hurdles is an essential part of healing and recovery. Here are some of the obstacles that accompany substance abuse and the ways that rehabilitation can help overcome them: Prolonged Denial Trying to become sober on your own can increase denial [...]
While moderate drinking isn’t always considered harmful, prolonged alcohol abuse can cause damage to your body and your brain. Prolonged drinking can deplete vital nutrients, impair motor functions, and cause memory loss. Seeking treatment for alcohol dependence is an important part in preventing the long term effects of prolonged alcohol abuse. Little Known Facts About Alcoholism 1. Those with a family history of alcoholism are more likely to develop a dependence. Genetic factors can sometimes contribute to the likelihood of developing [...]