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Prepare for Rehab with These 3 Trip Tips 

Anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed can happen to anyone preparing for rehab. Going on a trip makes it sound like a vacation, which is in a way. It is a vacation away from the life that once was, that was being built on shaky ground. In preparation for rehab, there are three things a…

smiling man embracing his new life after rehab without shame

Why Does Shame Happen After Rehab?

Shame is such a harmful emotion when it lingers around too long. It usually partners up with guilt to pummel you in recovery, just to remind you it is kicking butt and taking names. Active recovery requires looking at your baggage, including shame, and realizing there are ways to get rid of it that will…

man smiling peacefully at his home after addiction recovery

What Does it Mean to Find Peace After Addiction? 

 Recovery is not easy, but it is essential for people with addiction. It might mean medical detox, treatment for drugs or alcohol, or picking up some coping skills training. The time after rehab is the best time to focus on your needs and desires to stay clean and sober. Among them is the need to…

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Can Rehab Help You Expunge a Criminal Record?

 Addiction to substances can take over a person’s life. It can be serious enough to cause physical, emotional, and even legal troubles. Once a person with addiction craves the drug to the point of excluding other things from their lives, it can hurt them more than help. People with addiction and alcoholism will chase a…

recovered man enjoying a day at the park with his wife and children

What is Life in Recovery Really Like?

 Rehabilitation can be a difficult thing for people to admit they need in support of recovering from addiction. Asking for help is not easy for many people, especially those who struggle with substance abuse issues. Going to rehab can be intense because of past experiences that inform the current decision, or it is a new…

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The Journey of Recovery Means Arriving Every Day

The struggle of addiction recovery may seem like the rod going to nowhere. What people with addiction need to realize is that it is a road that winds around but provides lots of opportunity. More opportunity will come from recovery than staying on the road of being addicted. Arriving each and every day willing to…

woman posing with adult son encouraging their loved one to go to recovery

How Do I Encourage a Loved One to Go to Recovery?

Getting admitted to rehab is scary for most people. Many are afraid to think of being away from family and making a huge change in their life. Change is hard no matter what, but communicating how hard it makes it worse for some people. Loved ones don’t always want to listen to one another, especially…

man supporting adult son who left rehab early

How to Support a Loved One Who Leaves Rehab Early

The best-laid plans don’t always play out according to script. Addiction treatment bears this out as much as anything else in life. Even if you have done everything you could to help a spouse, child, or friend, now they are out of treatment early and you feel lost as to how to best handle the…

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What Are Some Basic Myths About Rehab?

Whether this is the first time looking at rehab or other options are on the table, it is natural to fear the unknown. The basic myths about rehab are out there but cold feet can hold a person back from making a decision that may change a person’s life. Millions of people make the decision…