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What Is the Relationship Between Compulsions and Addiction?

What Is the Relationship Between Compulsions and Addiction?

If you are concerned about your own substance use issue or that of your loved one, understanding more about what causes it and what symptoms might co-occur can help you take steps forward. This is especially important for people who experience or observe compulsions that might accompany addiction. Compulsion and addiction have an intertwined relationship … Read more

What Are the Benefits of a Nutritious Diet During Recovery?

What Are the Benefits of a Nutritious Diet During Recovery?

Eating disorders often accompany an addictive lifestyle. Alcoholism, in particular, may disrupt your dietary habits. Chronic substance abuse tends to take a toll on your body’s nutrient intake, and diet plays a critical role in early and long-term recovery. This is why when entering into treatment and recovery, you should also expect to have a … Read more

Pets Help You Succeed in Recovery

Pets Help You Succeed in Recovery

Emotional vulnerability and loneliness are two major challenges people face in addiction treatment and recovery. Pets can alleviate some of the stress associated with these challenges. By the time you began detox treatment, you may have already distanced yourself from old contacts who also led an addictive lifestyle. You have entered a new recovering community … Read more

Can Depression Be Seasonal?

Can Depression Be Seasonal?

Do you ever feel depressed starting in autumn and experience these blue moods through the winter months? Maybe you find yourself in depressed moods that show up in predictable cyclical patterns. Seasonal changes or cyclical biological shifts can affect your mental health. For example, the less sunny months of a year tend to be related … Read more

Anxiety, Self-Care, and Recovery

Anxiety, Self-Care, and Recovery

Anxiety is the most common type of mental health issue around the world. During the COVID-19 pandemic, uncertainty and anxiety have affected everyone. For people in recovery from addiction, it is crucial to observe your state of mind and stop anxiety in its tracks before it causes your recovery journey to backslide. When you feel … Read more

How Creativity Helps Your Recovery

How Creativity Helps Your Recovery

Do you think of yourself as a creative person? The fact is that every one of us was born with the innate gift of creativity. Creativity encompasses our ability to think, perform, make, or produce something that never existed before by way of imagination, original ideas, or materials. Some are encouraged to continue with it, … Read more

Recovery and Stress Management

Recovery and Stress Management

Nearly everyone feels stressed from time to time, including young children. Stress is necessary for our survival instinct: stress hormones trigger the body’s “fight or flight” response, leading to rising heartbeats, quickened breaths, and tightening muscles. However, too much stress can be dangerous. In today’s fast-paced world, most people agree that stress can negatively affect … Read more

Maintaining Motivation During Recovery

Maintaining Motivation During Recovery

For people who are going through addiction recovery, motivation is an irreplaceable engine. In fact, many recovery centers interview new clients about the sources of their motivation for starting treatment. Therapists and counselors probe into this area because motivation is critically important for recovery. During treatment and recovery, your level of motivation may not always … Read more