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What Is It Like to Live in Recovery?

Each year, millions of people who struggle with drug addictions get professional help and receive addiction rehabilitation treatment. For many people, the idea of rehabilitation can be intimidating, as it can involve an intense detoxification process, multiple therapy sessions and many educational programs. Additionally, life after rehabilitation can also be scary, as many people don’t know what to expect with recovery. But rehabilitation and recovery don’t have to be frightening as long as the person knows what to expect. It’s therefore essential for someone beginning the rehabilitation and recovery processes to understand what occurs throughout the various stages of both processes. (more…)

By |January 29th, 2017|Recovery

Why There Is More to Recovery than Sobriety

Many people see recovery as simply deciding to stop using a substance and committing to long-term sobriety. This is far from the truth, however. Recovering from substance abuse and addiction actually involves many different components, and sobriety is just one part of recovery. While sobriety during recovery is an integral part of successful recovery, there’s much more to it. And when a person focuses only on sobriety in his own personal recovery process, he sets himself up for frustration and discouragement. Instead of looking at recovery as simply abstaining from a certain substance, a person should try to think of recovery as a multifaceted process that consists of several different elements.
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By |August 18th, 2016|Recovery

Can Recovery Bring Greater Things?

Recovering from substance abuse or addiction is a challenging and long-term process that requires commitment and perseverance to work. SAMHSA’s 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that about 23.1 million people ages 12 and over needed substance abuse or addiction treatment but that only 2.5 million of them, or one percent of this population, actually received any type of specialty treatment. Although most people who struggle with substance abuse or addiction don’t get the help that they need, those that do find that recovery consists of much more than just ending the abuse of or addiction to a substance. While recovery is a complex process, it is also rewarding, and can bring a lot of great things into a person’s life that she may not have been able to experience before her recovery began.
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By |June 17th, 2016|Recovery
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    Reflections on National Recovery Month— and Why Celebrating Recovery Matters

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Reflections on National Recovery Month— and Why Celebrating Recovery Matters

When a grassroots initiative grows into something with a spirit and momentum of its own, one begins to suspect that this movement might have an especially inherent value, and perhaps–in the case of National Recovery Month–one that was never fully envisioned when it first began more than 20 years ago.

Over two decades ago, a form of Recovery Celebration Month was established, backed by both the government and private treatment organizations. The idea was to celebrate patients’ progress through addiction and mental health treatment and also to award specific rehabilitation staff members whose dedication and attitudes toward their work had shone through. (more…)

Why Recovery Is Better than Drug Abuse

Each year, millions of Americans deal with drug abuse. Most of these people struggle with their drug abuse alone, never seeking out professional help. But for those who do get help from a professional treatment center, life begins again in many ways. The recovery process is long and challenging, but it is also rewarding. And compared to drug abuse, recovery provides a person much more potential to live a successful and fulfilling life. For these reasons, a person struggling with drug abuse should seriously consider receiving professional drug treatment so that she can begin a new life in recovery. (more…)

By |October 1st, 2015|Drug Abuse, Recovery

What Kind of Housing Should I Choose in Recovery?

A lot of people who struggle with addiction never seek out professional help. SAMHSA’s 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that out of the 23.1 million people who needed treatment for a substance use problem, only one percent, or 2.5 million people, actually received any type of treatment at a specialty facility. Getting treatment for an addiction is an essential part of the recovery process, but it is not the only component of recovery. Another important part is finding support during rehabilitation and throughout the long-term recovery process. For many people, this support can be found in their living environment. Recovering addicts can benefit from housing that provides encouraging and supportive people to help them maintain their sobriety long-term.
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By |September 4th, 2015|Recovery

Five Ways to Find Balance in Your Recovery Lifestyle

Recovering from substance abuse or addiction is a complex and long process. Although some people believe that recovery means simply ending the substance abuse or addiction, the reality is that it includes a lot of steps, time and commitment. Going through the recovery process can be challenging but figuring out how to balance work, recovery maintenance and personal enjoyments can make a person more likely to succeed in this process long-term. A person who wants to find balance in his recovery lifestyle should follow the five steps listed below. (more…)

By |June 15th, 2015|Recovery

Dealing with the Speed Bumps of Recovery

Recovering from addiction is a slow and complicated process. Although many people think that addiction recovery simply involves ending the abuse of an addictive substance, the reality is that recovery involves several components and each takes time and patience to work through. Ultimately, a person recovering from an addiction will be in recovery for the rest of her life. Since it’s a long-term process, it’s natural for a person going through it to experience frustrations and setbacks. It’s helpful to know how to handle these speed bumps on the road to recovery so that they don’t lead to more serious problems.
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By |February 9th, 2015|Recovery

How to Have a Relationship after Addiction Recovery

When a person completes an addiction rehabilitation program, he will likely realize that many aspects of his life have changed. He might need to find a new job, new hobbies, and new locations to spend his time. The biggest change he might face in life after rehabilitation, though, is in his relationships with loved ones. Because addictions can make a person treat his loved ones poorly, many people in recovery are unsure of how to restore damaged relationships. It’s therefore important to approach post-rehabilitation relationships with extreme care.
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By |January 15th, 2015|Recovery

Maintaining Recovery in an Alcohol Saturated Culture

When people decide to get help with alcohol addiction, they are making an important step toward regaining control of their lives. But, addiction rehab is only the first stage of recovery, as after it ends users must return to everyday life and remain alcohol-free. This task alone is challenging, but it can be even more difficult when people live in societies that encourage drinking, and societies that have alcohol almost everywhere. In this case, recovering alcoholics must learn specific ways to manage their addictions, despite being surrounded by alcohol consumption.
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By |November 25th, 2014|Alcohol Abuse, Recovery