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Practicing Recovery
When it comes to substance use disorders, compassion is often the missing ingredient in the recovery process. Some people see addiction as a moral failing, and those struggling with addiction are often seen as weak or flawed. This attitude can be very damaging and can hinder recovery. However, compassion can help break down the barriers...
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It’s normal to feel guilty after doing something wrong, but what about feeling guilty for simply being who you are? Toxic shame is a type of guilt that goes beyond typical feelings of regret or remorse. Instead, it’s a deeply-rooted belief that you are inherently bad or defective as a person. This type of guilt...
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When it comes to recovering from addiction, journaling is an often overlooked tool that can be highly beneficial to mental health. Journaling allows you to track your progress in recovery, document your thoughts and feelings, and set goals for yourself. This blog post will discuss the benefits of journaling for mental health and how to...
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It is no secret that sleep is essential to our overall health and well-being. But what many people don’t realize is how important sleep is in addiction recovery. In fact, a good night’s sleep can be the key to success in your recovery. Sleep hygiene is all about putting yourself in the best position to sleep...
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Nutrition and addiction recovery are strongly correlated, and addressing any gaps in nutrition is vital to the recovery process. Alcohol and drug addiction can be extremely harmful to an individual’s health. For example, those suffering from substance use disorders are more likely to consume alcohol or drugs regularly and less likely to maintain other health...
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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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