Nutrition and Exercise for Recovery

Sobriety effects all aspects of your life – and health. While your official rehab treatment helps to treat the mental and emotional effects of addiction, your physical health has probably taken a hit. Healthy eating and frequent exercise are key ingredients to an active life, and can even help you recover from addiction. Healthy Eating Drugs and alcohol have severe effects on the body and inhibit your nutritional intake. Further addiction and withdrawal can rob your body of the nutrition it needs to run efficiently. By changing your diet, you…

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Life After Treatment: 8 Tips for Success

You made the choice and you did the work. You entered a treatment facility for your addiction and put in the work to heal. It wasn’t easy and you’re proud of yourself completing your program. Your official rehab treatment has ended, but managing a sober lifestyle is not a passive experience. Life after treatment requires a dedicated effort to maintain what you’ve worked so hard to build. Old surroundings, familiar circumstances, more freedom and looming temptation can hurt your chances of sustainable recovery. As you prepare to enter back into…

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5 Ways Sober Living Environments Will Increase Long-Term Recovery

The transition between the life of an addict, to life in treatment, to a new sober life outside of treatment can be jarring. So much has happened in a short period of time. Your whole life has changed – for the better. Once you leave your formal treatment center, the familiarity of home life can threaten your newfound sobriety. This is why many consider a Sober Living Environment (also known as a Halfway House) to aid in their transition from treatment to home life. Sober Living Environments are group facilities…

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Creating a Sleep Routine in Recovery

A good nights sleep can be hard to come by for those in addiction recovery. A research study performed at the University of Michigan found that children who had difficulty sleeping between the ages of three and five were twice as likely to develop chemical abuse as teenagers than those who were restful sleepers. It seems that addiction and insomnia can go hand in hand. Both can feel like debilitating conditions, but with the right tools and resources they can be challenges not curses. To overcome a challenge one can…

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Managing Sugar Cravings in Recovery

There are many inside jokes in recovery. One being, “I put the plug in the jug and the refrigerator door popped open.” It’s common for people in recovery to stop one addiction and then start another; a common one is eating sugar. Constantly reaching for candy, cookies, frozen yogurt and any other food loaded with sweetness is routine. Physiologically the consumption of sugar stimulates the release of dopamine in the brain, which creates the feelings of pleasure. Alcohol, heroin, morphine and sugar all stimulate the secretion of dopamine. Hence the common…

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Yoga and Addiction Recovery

To the blind eye it may seem that yoga is simply a bunch of stretching and napping, but if you move a little deeper you’ll see that there is more to what meets the eye. Yoga is gaining popularity in the addiction recovery community for its emotional, physical and spiritual benefits. Its combination of mindful movements, meditation and breath work create the awareness needed to change harmful patterns. These tools work in the following ways: Mindful Movement Essentially, recovery is about establishing new patterns-yoga teaches the body to do just…

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The Time and Place to Say “I’m Sober”

Whether or not you share with people that you’re sober from drug and alcohol addiction is a personal choice. Some people believe that their recovery is a part of their identity and choose to wear their story on their sleeve. These people candidly joke, “I don’t drink. I am allergic to alcohol. I break out in hand cuffs.” Most of these people like to share about the redemption they received going to rehab. Other people simply say, “Oh, I just don’t like alcohol.” If you would like to go the route…

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Addicts and Social Media Anxiety

Many people who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions also struggle with social anxiety. Making the waves of social media “Like’s,” “hearts” and notification challenging for an addict to surf. A big question our world has been asking over the past few years is if social media is a helpful or harmful ocean. The answers vary, but for those with addictive tendencies it seems to be a little bit of both. A study at Rutgers University in New Jersey and the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. found that women…

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Addiction

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has been used to treat those struggling with addictions, self-harm and borderline personality disorder. Many clients in addiction rehabs battle all three. One common denominator in them is the struggle in handling intense emotions. Someone with borderline personality disorder may become angry and in the effort to calm themselves use drugs and alcohol to distract themselves. What DBT does is assist one in developing the skills necessary to ride the high’s and low’s of the human experience. DBT works by helping people increase their emotional and…

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