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How Can I Stop Fixing People and Help Myself in Recovery? 

When someone is compulsively trying to fix someone, it can have a devastating impact on the entire family. In recovery, this behavior might grow stronger with a desire to help people who seem to need lots of help. It is not anyone else’s job to fix them but the person themselves. There are some practical…

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How Long Does it Take for Addiction to Occur?

Addiction differs for every person, regardless of how long they used drugs or what type. Each person who becomes addicted has a unique story to tell. Once addiction takes hold, your life is changed forever and it will never be the same. For addiction to occur, it takes a period of time but it may…

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Curb Your Inner Critic with These 3 Helpful Hints

Everybody has a critic deep inside them. It just comes out more for some than others. It can take away the joy and anticipation of feeling like you are doing great work in your recovery when you feel like a still-small-voice in your head will not stop saying negative things. A critical inner voice can…

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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…

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What Does it Mean to Accept Yourself As You Are?

It can feel really hard to accept ourselves as we are when we think or feel we have done so many things wrong when we were addicted to drugs or alcohol. Recovery is not about bashing ourselves over perceived wrongs. It is more about accepting our lives as they are now, in the present. Even…

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Why These Habits May Transform Your Recovery Journey

The journey of recovery is a long, winding road. It has ups, downs, twists, and turns. It has all the drama of a Hollywood movie and none of the glamour. The challenge for people in recovery is that it looks a lot like everyday life, just packaged in lots of things like emotional, physical, and…

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What Should I Leave at Home When I Go to Treatment?

Some people are thinking about going to rehab or treatment for addiction. While this is a good thing in and of itself, the treatment program may bring up anxieties, fears, and other worries about what to expect. There are best care practices that can help a person focus on treatment, all depending on the policies…

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Try These 3 Tips to Keep Drama from Dragging Down Your Recovery

Some people seem to attract drama or dramatic people in their lives. It is not because people always attract those types into their life, but maybe they are attracted to helping others who bring drama into their life accidentally, however it happens, it can really be dragging you down in recovery. Now is the time…

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Healing Your Body Inside Out with Food

People who abuse drugs tend to lose sight of self-care. The only thing that matters is taking the drugs after a while. Nutrition for people with addiction is not yet the norm in most treatment programs, due to their short duration. Most people in recovery don’t link nutrition with health. The key is to unlearn…

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What Are the Main Causes of Stress?

People universally do not like stress. Their bodies do not like stress, even if it is a normal part of life. Over time, society has moved toward a space where it is expected we deal with huge amounts of stress every day, which is causing our bodies and brains to react in a fight-or-flight response,…