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How to Deal with Grief in Recovery

The death of a loved one is difficult under any circumstances. Losing someone close can leave you feeling overwhelmed, lost, depressed, guilty, or even sick. If you are in recovery, this is a dangerous time. Extreme sadness, pain, and loneliness are potent relapse triggers. If you have recently lost someone, it’s crucial to take stepsRead More

What is DBT?

DBT stands for Dialectical Behavior Therapy. It is a specific kind of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. DBT was originally developed in the 1970s to treat borderline personality disorder but has since been shown effective in treating other conditions, including depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse. DBT focuses on teaching for main skills, working with aRead More

Don’t Compare Yourself to Others in Recovery

It’s natural to want reassurance that we’re on the right track. As social creatures, we usually look for that reassurance by comparing what we’re doing to what the people around us are doing. In some situations, this makes sense, like if everyone is running scared in one direction, we might want to do the same.Read More

Treatment is for Anyone Who Wants to Quit

People who drink a lot or use drugs are sometimes unsure if they have a serious problem that requires treatment or if they have it more or less under control. People who drink a bit too much are particularly unclear about whether their drinking is a problem. Most people drink at least occasionally. You canRead More

How Will I Treat My Anxiety Without Xanax?

Xanax is a fast acting drug that calms you down in about an hour, which makes it an effective drug for occasional panic and anxiety attacks. Unfortunately, Xanax is also extremely addictive and physical dependence can form in as little as two weeks of regular use. You form a tolerance quickly and need a higherRead More

The Importance of Non-judgment in Recovery

Non-judgment is an important skill to learn in recovery. This applies to everything–to your circumstances, to other people, and especially to yourself. First, we tend to make judgments automatically, so automatically we don’t even realize we’re doing it. An automatic judgment feels like objective reality. If something happens we don’t like, we automatically say it’sRead More

Equine Therapy: Horses Can Drag You Away

Equine therapy–therapy that involves caring for horses–has become common for treating a variety of issues, including addiction. There are various levels of involvement in equine therapy. It could entail coming to stables regularly to spend time with horses, or it could entail working full time on a ranch that specializes in treatment. Whatever form equineRead More

Addiction Treatment for Couples

In couples, if one person has addiction problems, it’s common for the other person to have addiction problems as well. This is especially true for women–that is, a woman struggling with addiction is more likely than a man to have a partner who is also struggling with addiction. This can be a problem for someoneRead More

Can Yoga Help with Addiction Recovery?

Everyone knows exercise is good for recovery. Many would even say it’s essential. It lowers stress and raises your heart rate. It helps reduce pain and body fat. It’s good for your brain, especially the prefrontal cortex, which helps you control yourself, and the hippocampus, which helps you learn. What about yoga? Is there anythingRead More

How Pets Can Help in Recovery

Pets can make life better in a number of ways, especially if you are in recovery. Pets are a lot of responsibility; you have to feed them every day, you have to make sure they get enough exercise, and they need toys and somewhere to sleep. You have to take them to the vet bothRead More