woman writing down a list of boundaries while in recovery

What Does it Mean to Have Good Boundaries in Recovery?

Relationships can suffer in addiction. Recovery is a space where people learn how to negotiate and navigate the challenges they face. Healing relationships take a lot of work and do not happen overnight. Good boundaries is one place to start, to break away from dysfunctional family and friends that may have toxic implications for your…

man having difficulty with self forgiveness to heal during therapy at Oceanfront Recovery

Why is Self Forgiveness Healing?

There are many emotions that run through a person’s head and body while they are in rehab and recovery. Early on, one of the key components is looking at forgiveness. It is important to learn how to forgive yourself before you can really start to seek forgiveness of others. This may be one of the…

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Learn 3 Ways to Release the Grip of Shame On Your Recovery Journey

Guilt and shame go hand-in-hand. When we take time to look at them, we see how closely aligned they are in a person’s heart and mind through life experience. Shame is all about thinking the person is bad because they drink, do drugs, or behave a certain way. Unfortunately, shame can get in the way…

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What Are Ways to Master Recovery from Mental Health and Addiction?

Recovery from mental health and addiction is almost a misnomer. The reality is people are not able to fully recover from addiction, they simply live with the reality that they can no longer use drugs or drink. Mastery over both addiction and mental health issues means recognizing the challenges of coping with triggers, cravings, and…

man shaking hands with therapist after successful session and learning about CBD oil in recovery

Should I Avoid CBD Oil in Recovery?

CBD oil, or cannabidiol, is all the rage right now. It is becoming more widely accepted in practice throughout the country and used as a substitute in many things, for various ailments. There are some studies that look at the benefits of CBD oil and its effectiveness for various things but questions remain about how…

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Why Glia Plays an Important Role in Addiction Recovery

Our bodies are amazing things that do more than we realize. When we think about what is on the cutting edge of addiction recovery, it is likely something that will help treat substance abuse with the drop of a hat. The challenge is people who are addicted do not have the luxury of a one-size-fits-all…

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Medical Records Are Important to Addiction Recovery

Paperwork is essential in addiction recovery. It helps trace your journey and let people know about your experiences so providers can best support your recovery. People who work in the industry love to help others but they have to maintain good records for the people they help. This will help you in your recovery if…

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The Challenge of Getting Past Reward-Based Behavior in Recovery

Humans are hard-wired for pleasure seeking things like sex, food, drugs, and other means of achieving a good time. Many people also fall into the category of wanting ‘rewarding’ experiences as well. Rewards are not as important but they must be attractive enough to capture a person’s attention.  When you start to move past reward-based…

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How Can People Deal with Negative Friends and Family in Recovery?

A difficult area of life for people who walk away from addiction can be interpersonal relationships. Often people find their discomfort around people drives them into substance use. When people are sober they need to learn how to deal with humans without crutches of substances. This can be difficult in the beginning and lead to…

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What’s Considered Risky Behavior in Recovery?

Risky behavior in recovery is a formula for relapse. It is easy to forget that there are triggers and things which can trip you up if you are not careful. Recovery is not a game, it is serious business. It is easy to forget, but addiction can rear its ugly head in many ways if…