6 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Opioid Addiction

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The number of prescription opioids sold to doctors’ offices, pharmacies and hospitals nearly quadrupled between 1999 and 2010, and in 2010, 1 in 20 Americans ages 12 and older reported using prescription painkillers for nonmedical reasons, according to the CDC. The United States is grappling with an opioid crisis that was declared a national public health emergency, and many people are understandably worried about the risk of addiction these prescription painkillers pose. Prescription opioids are effective in relieving pain, but they’re also highly addictive. However, there are a few steps you can take to avoid the risk of developing an […]

Study: Exercise Can Help Prevent Relapses into Cocaine Addiction

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Running on a treadmill for one hour, five days a week may be key to preventing cocaine relapses, according to researchers from the University of Buffalo. “Cocaine addiction is often characterized by cycles of recovery and relapse, with stress and negative emotions, often caused by withdrawal itself, among the major causes of relapse,” Thanos, senior research scientist in the UB Research Institute on Addictions and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, said in a statement. According to the mice study, this type of aerobic exercise can help cause “memory clearance” that […]

Relearning to Trust Yourself During Recovery

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Learning to trust yourself and others is an important part of recovery. Self-trust has been described as “having an internal GPS system, so you know where to go next, you trust your decisions (big and small) and you’re willing to take risks.” Keeping this definition in mind, you can clearly understand why self-trust is so important. Re-establishing self-trust will help you make and keep promises to yourselves and others and give you the confidence needed to survive and thrive as you endure the hard work of recovery. Taking Steps to Rebuild Self-Trust Relearning to trust in you won’t happen overnight; […]

Boundaries and Self-Care

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A big part of self-care is setting boundaries. This is because laying out your boundaries allows you to prioritize your own wellbeing. It helps you to define and let others know what you need (physically and emotionally), how you expect to be treated and to recognize your right to have feelings, beliefs and personal time. It forces you to put you and your recovery first and to take a giant leap in self-worth. Creating healthy boundaries can be a powerful tool for lasting sobriety. Setting and enforcing limits can increase your self-respect and self-esteem and help to create a supportive network […]

Genetics can increase or decrease your risk of opioid addiction

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We know genetics can increase a person’s risk of developing cancer, diabetes, heart disease and a number of other conditions, and the same goes for opioid addiction. Over the last decade, a growing body of research has focused on minute differences in a person’s DNA, called single-nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs, which can indicate your risk of addiction. Some people have an opioid receptor gene that protects them specifically from opioid dependence, and substance dependence in general. There are also gene variations for three dopamine receptors in the brain–the molecules that signal pleasure–that are linked to a heightened risk of opioid […]

How the Family System Informs Individualized Treatment

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Addiction is a family disease, and in fact, research shows that long-term recovery success rates increase when the entire family is involved in the addiction recovery process. Addiction places family members under a great deal of stress and, as a result, the family system becomes fragile and dysfunctional. By addressing the family system while exploring your own journey, you can heal the family dynamics and work on issues like codependency and enabling, which often drive individuals to substance abuse in the first place. Here’s a look at a few ways dealing with family issues will help your recovery: You’ll learn […]

Gratitude in Early Addiction Recovery

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What are you grateful for today? There’s so many possible answers: To be alive, to be sober, to have your family talking to you, to see the sun shining, to feel the grass on your feet, to have the chance at a better life. Having an “attitude of gratitude” can be a pretty powerful tool in early recovery and beyond. While it will likely take some work – it requires adjusting your mindset and thought patterns – learning to be grateful can have some big benefits as you begin the road to recovery. Gratitude can help you to… Stay motivated […]

5 Ways Meditation Can Boost Addiction Recovery

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Genuine recovery requires you to address the underlying emotional causes of addiction, which is aided by evidence-based clinical therapies and alternative approaches, like meditation. Meditation and addiction couldn’t be more different. One is about checking in and being present in the moment, while the other is about checking out and finding an escape. Meditation can help you improve mindfulness and teach you how to regulate your emotions, two skills essential to permanent recovery, as well as a host of other benefits. 1. It restores balance. The earliest stages of recovery can be wrought with intense emotions and mood swings. But […]