Finding Peace After Addiction

Finding Peace After Addiction

When you free yourself from the burden of substance use, you make room for the greatest pleasures that life can offer. Finding peace after addiction is a journey, but it’s well worth the effort. If you believe that you can’t live substance-free, then consider the fact that drugs and alcohol might be the source of your problems rather than the solution to them. One brief anecdote perfectly illustrates this crucial lesson… The Cobra Effect When the British controlled colonial India, the governor faced an emergency in Delhi. The territory was overrun by cobras, and the snakes were posing a fatal […]

How Addiction Affects Your Immune System

How Addiction Affects Your Immune System

People often think about how addiction impacts our brains, emotions and cognitive abilities. Though we all know that substance use has physical consequences, it’s tempting to think about addiction as solely a disease affecting the mind. However, once you truly understand how addiction affects your immune system, you begin to grasp how deeply substance use disorder impacts your body. A compromised immune system invites a host of disastrous medical conditions. A person struggling with an addiction isn’t just more likely to catch a cold; they’re potentially vulnerable to life-threatening chronic conditions. Before we address how substances impede our bodies from […]

How to Observe Mental Illness Awareness Week

Mental Illness Awareness Week in 2019 is October 6th to October 12th. The U.S. Congress established Mental Illness Awareness Week in 1990. Every year, it takes place on the first full week of October and highlights the efforts of mental health advocacy groups like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). It’s not just NAMI that brings awareness to mental health issues in October; every year, the World Health Organization designates October 10th as World Mental Health Day. October is also National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. It’s appropriate that mental health and substance use awareness campaigns share this overlap. The […]

A Guide to Self-Discovery Through Addiction Recovery

Addiction Recovery

Substances mask our problems. They also numb us to some of life’s greatest joys. When people with a history of substance misuse remove the barrier of drugs or alcohol, they begin the journey of experiencing richer, fuller lives. Through addiction recovery, you learn so many things about yourself, including how strong you are, interests you never knew you had and what it feels like to be truly present. Like recovery itself, self-discovery is a process. After the first few days or weeks of treatment, you will experience thoughts and emotions that seem foreign. You benefit from knowing what to expect […]

When Getting Sober Reveals Another Illness

Health in Addiction Recovery

While getting sober is often touted as the solution to all your problems, it’s not a magic bullet. As you grow accustomed to repairing relationships and waking up hangover-free, you may think that nothing could ever go wrong. In spite of the numerous benefits of recovery, everyone will eventually experience some sort of difficulty with their physical and emotional health. As your body recovers from prolonged drug and alcohol misuse, it’s not uncommon to start noticing some issues. Below, we explain what to be on the lookout for, as well as what to do when you uncover maladies associated with […]

Sleep Awareness Week: The Role of Sleep in Recovery

Sleep Awareness Week

Sleep Awareness Week, created by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), begins this weekend and it’s the perfect time to talk about how proper sleep can play a powerful role in your recovery. This year’s theme is “Begin with Sleep,” and the campaign is designed to highlight the “importance of good sleep health for individuals to best achieve their personal, family, and professional goals,” according to the NSF. There are countless benefits of a good night’s sleep. For those in recovery, regular, restorative sleep can help you feel more present, focused, energetic and emotionally balanced. It can also ensure that you […]

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 […]

The Role of Spirituality in Addiction Treatment

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In the treatment community, we often define addiction as an emotional, physical and spiritual problem. While countless studies can back the emotional and physical aspects of the disease of addiction, as well as the evidence-based therapeutic modalities that are used to treat them, spirituality is often overlooked–at least within the scientific community. Unlike other therapeutic approaches, spirituality is not easily quantified, but many addiction treatment professionals believe it is an extremely important tool throughout the continuum of care. Of course, effective addiction treatment that delivers positive, measurable outcomes comprises evidence-based methods, but more holistic practices like spirituality should not be […]