addiction recovery

6 Reasons You Aren’t Sleeping Even After Detox

    Sleep is an important part of the healing process.   If you are having a hard time sleeping after detox don’t be discouraged. It can take time for your sleep process to regulate again. You are still in physical pain after detox: A common symptom of detoxing from drugs and alcohol is physical...
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Am I Depressed Or Do I Have Bipolar II?

Bipolar I and Bipolar II are characterized by alternating episodes of mania and depression. Both mania and depression must last for weeks at a time in order to qualify as bipolar. Depression can last a long time in bipolar and demonstrate many of the same symptoms as clinical depression, which is a separate disorder. Symptoms...
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How Do I Support Someone In Treatment For Behavioral Health and Chemical Dependency?

Treatment is a sensitive time of growth and healing. When a loved one goes to treatment, it is important to reduce feelings of isolation and remind them that even treatment, they are still treasured members of your life. Make Time To Spend Time Together If the treatment center has visiting hours, schedule time to visit...
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Clean Start Act for Addiction Recovery

If it were possible to conduct a flash survey which asked one question of people working a program of addiction recovery, “who in this room has a criminal record?” More times than not, a significant number of those asked would answer “yes.” You may be thinking that it would be a rhetorical question, along the...
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Transcendental Meditation for PTSD

Tran·scen·den·tal Med·i·ta·tion ™ noun a technique for detaching oneself from anxiety and promoting harmony and self-realization by meditation, repetition of a mantra, and other yogic practices, promulgated by an international organization founded by the Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ( c. 1911–2008). In circles of recovery around the globe, the practice of prayer and meditation...
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Recognizing Everyone In Recovery

Tomorrow marks the beginning of National Recovery Month. It is an important time for everyone working a program of addiction recovery. Every September, events are held all over the country to acknowledge the millions of people working to better their existence. Everyone one who has lived in active addiction is fully aware that recovery is...
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Sleep Tips to Quiet Your Mind and Strengthen Your Recovery

“There are few opportunities for quiet reflection, so is there any surprise that the first moment there are no distractions (once your head hits the pillow on your bed) you would start having your inner dialogue?” noted a sleep doctor to Reddit users. It’s a valid point – and it likely resonates even more for...
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California Gov. Pardons Robert Downey Jr.

Addiction brings people to the depths of despair, stripping individuals of their humanity – causing them to do things that put their life and the lives of others at risk. It’s rare to find a recovering addict or alcoholic who does not have a criminal record, the result of past indiscretions. Many people find recovery...
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Mental Illness Awareness Week – It’s Time To Get Involved

Mental Illness Awareness Week – October 5 – 11, 2014 Yes, it’s true…once again it’s time to get involved. It is time to realize that 1 in 4 American Adults and 1 in 5 children will experience mental illness this year. Think about it this way, if you are an adult sitting in a room...
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Reality Of Addiction: One Man’s Effort To Tear Down The Stigma

Storytelling is the essential human activity. The harder the situation, the more essential it is.  Tim O’Brien Journal writing as a tool of recovery Last summer we wrote about a new way to share one’s story concerning their struggle with addiction and how their story can change someone else’ story of addiction and recovery. Sharing...
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