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Practicing Recovery
By Windhaven House Alum, Melissa P. The holidays are typically viewed as a joyful and rewarding period. But for people in recovery, they are anything but typical. Instead, the holiday season tends to be one of the more difficult times of the year. And as a former treatment center “frequent flier,” I am no stranger...
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It is no surprise that men and women will have different needs in recovery. Likewise, specific issues and treatment requirements are essential to achieving and maintaining long-term recovery for women who suffer from substance use disorders. By joining other women, you’ll uncover similar stories while learning to interact with others and building and maintaining healthy...
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Often, we walk through our day-to-day patterns of life unaware of our thoughts, feelings, or actions. Most of the time our routines become second nature and we often neglect taking in the present moment. Have you ever become easily frustrated and unsure how you got there? Beginning your day by setting your intention can help...
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The topic of immunity has been popping everywhere in the last year during the pandemic, including in the field of substance use treatment. How alcohol use affects the body’s ability to protect itself from disease and infection has always been an important conversation, though. Today, we’ll talk about how sobriety relates to immunity and discuss...
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Individuals recovering from a substance use disorder usually have a common goal: to achieve long-term sobriety. Sticking to a sober lifestyle is a lifelong process that requires both individual commitment and adequate support. The first step for some individuals who wish to live a sober lifestyle is typically enrolling in a rehabilitation program. After that, many...
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There are several reasons people may resist going to treatment, including the fear that life will be dull and boring without drugs and alcohol. Fun is a cornerstone of happiness and having fun in recovery is essential to long-term success. Though it might not come naturally to you at first, eventually, you’ll begin finding pleasure and...
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Four Simple Steps for a Healthier You in Recovery
Healthy lifestyle changes are integral to a successful recovery from a substance use disorder. Consistent effort is needed to achieve significant changes such as taking regular exercise, creating a strong sober network, and eating a healthy diet. However, these lifestyle changes primarily consist of several modest changes, some of which are easy to implement right...
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On Valentine’s Day, we think of love. Visions of glittering cards and red roses frequently come to mind. These thoughts can be an unpleasant experience for those without significant others. Today, let’s talk about loving yourself — the most important person you should be loving.  People with Addiction and Mental Health Issues Know About Insecurity...
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Staying Sober in Good and Bad Times
It is not easy to achieve sobriety, and it is even easier to rest on your laurels and allow yourself to be swept away in resentment, anxiety, or trying situations. A sober lifestyle does not free you from challenges. Peace and serenity are something that you must consciously work at every day. Despite obstacles, you...
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Getting in Touch with Your Emotions, Windhaven House Dallas, Texas
Many people tend to suppress their emotions. They think that if they can separate themselves as best as possible from what they feel, then a difficult situation will not negatively impact them. This approach, however, can be harmful. To recognize, accept, and express your feelings, you need to be able to understand them. Recognize Your...
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