How to Be Teachable in Addiction Treatment

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How teachable you are often indicates your happiness and success in life. To feel truly happy and fulfilled in life, you have to continually take stock of yourself and keep growing. It’s so important to be teachable, especially in the treatment setting, because it’s ultimately a sign of how receptive you are to learning new things and your commitment to sobriety. How can you tell if you’re already teachable? You’re aware of your strengths and weaknesses. You ask for help. You learn from criticism. You enjoy trying new things. You’re comfortable with change. You’re curious. You know that you don’t […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Do You Need to Hit Rock Bottom Before Entering Treatment?

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We often hear about the concept of “hitting rock bottom” within the recovery community. While some people are motivated to finally seek treatment for addiction once they’ve reached the end of their rope, “rock bottom” is a dangerous misconception. In its most basic sense, hitting rock bottom means that before you can recover from addiction, you have to reach the lowest point of your life due to substance abuse. It’s often associated with the loss of relationships with friends and family, a job, housing and good health. But thinking about addiction and addiction treatment in such an extreme way carries […]

Alcoholics Anonymous: What Newcomers Should Know About Steps 1-3

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12-Step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are excellent supplements to substance abuse treatment because they offer safety and support, which are especially valuable during the fragile stage of early recovery. Many people new to the 12-Step program are often skeptical, and it can take some time for a newcomer to become a willing, engaged participant. Here’s what newcomers–and those who want a refresher course–should know about Steps 1-3: 1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol–that our lives had become unmanageable. If you continue your addiction, do you think it will continue to create more problems […]

6 Ways to Let Go & Get Out of a Recovery Rut

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In recovery, “letting go” doesn’t mean you have to stop caring. It means you have to let go of the things that don’t positively serve you and your recovery. When people take this 12-Step principle to heart and find true happiness and fulfillment, they’re more likely to hold onto sobriety. Those who can’t find happiness in sobriety are more likely to relapse. Ruts in recovery are inevitable, and sometimes they can be tough to get out of. These tips will help you get back in touch with yourself, your recovery and push through. 1. Be kind. In life and especially […]

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 […]