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Addiction Treatment and the Great Outdoors

Addiction Treatment and The Great Outdoors: Finding Healing in Nature Most of us know from experience that getting into the great outdoors can lift our mood and help us feel better physically and mentally. Research proves that our instincts are right and that getting outside is good for us. For people with addiction issues, both …

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Why Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Help Addiction Recovery?

One of the standard therapies used for addiction recovery and mental health treatment is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). There are many versions and forms of CBT, but they share the principle that thoughts and core beliefs affect feelings and actions and that paying attention to our thoughts can help us change unwanted feelings and behaviors. The …

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How Does Addiction Affect ADHD

How Does Addiction Affect ADHD?

Many people think of ADHD as a problem for little kids. But ADHD affects over 8% of all adults, with half of them developing severe impairment. Also, ADHD has a connection that may surprise you: an increased risk of addiction. People with ADHD are three times more likely than their peers to have addictions.   …

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Addiction, Mental Health and Your Brain

There’s often more to addiction treatment than just treating addiction. Addiction frequently co-occurs with one or more mental health conditions, and treating them together in a coordinated and integrated way, leads to the best outcomes. Sometimes multiple conditions arise independently, but they’re often connected. There are different ways that substance use disorders and other disorders …

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Removing Barriers: Stigmas Keep Us from Getting Treatment

Removing Barriers: Stigmas Keep Us from Getting Treatment

Stigma involves negative stereotypes, labels and discrimination against a group of people. Although people can be stigmatized for many reasons and in a variety of settings, health-related stigma can be especially problematic. An article in BMC Medicine notes that it affects all quality care elements: diagnosis, treatment and outcomes. The authors note that stigma about …

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What is Stigma and Why Does it Impact Addiction Recovery

Stigma: Why it Impacts Addiction Recovery

What do we mean by “stigma” in addiction recovery? The Society for the Study of Addiction defines stigma as “a sociocultural process in which social groups are devalued, rejected and excluded on the basis of a socially discredited health condition.”  They note that it can be seen in at least three levels in addiction recovery: …

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Getting Sober After a Setback

Getting Sober After a Setback | Addiction Recovery

The path to sobriety is often a rocky one, full of hills to climb and curves to navigate. It is completely normal to experience a setback or even relapse on the lifetime journey to maintain your recovery from addiction. Life is full of circumstances that can make alcohol and drug abuse recovery challenging. The passing …

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Coping with Loneliness During Quarantine

COVID-19 has brought us together to face a common challenge. One of the issues we are all trying to figure out is coping with loneliness during the quarantine. The effects and stresses mount quickly. These include loneliness, worries about health, and anxiety about finances. Unfortunately, some people are coping with isolation during quarantine in the …

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Staying Sober During Coronavirus

In an instant, COVID-19 brought us countless new worries about our health, our families, our jobs, and our safety. If you are someone who is prone to substance abuse or even just filled with anxiety, you may have trouble staying sober during coronavirus. The public health response to the pandemic has forced us into an …

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