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The Harm of Sugar Addiction in Recovery

The Harm of Sugar Addiction in Recovery

People who are recovering from substance use disorder (SUD) often have a tendency to replace the cravings for drugs and alcohol with the urge to consume other mood-boosting foods, including fast food and sugary products. Many even find themselves using sugar as a replacement addiction. Similarities Between Substance Addiction and Sugar Addiction  From a scientific … Read more

How Does Experiential Therapy Work?

How Does Experiential Therapy Work?

Have you heard of experiential therapy? This therapeutic modality is based on the premise that our perception shapes our behavior. What we experience in terms of thoughts, emotions, and even sensations may contribute to our mind-body connection and general well-being. We know that substance use affects not just the body, but the mind and behaviors. … Read more

Choosing Self-Care Methods That Work

Self-care helps you maintain recovery progress.

Have you ever thought of addiction as a form of self-harm? The opposite of self-harm is self-care. The neglect of self-care may begin slowly but it can develop into self-destruction. In today’s busy and frantic world, everyone needs a self-care plan. Recovering individuals especially need self-care methods that counteract their engagement in self-harm through substance … Read more

Is There Hope for People With Chronic Depression?

Is There Hope for People With Chronic Depression?

Chronic depression can be crippling. You may find yourself asking, “Is there hope of getting better?” The answer is yes. Although major depression is a complex mental illness, it can be managed and treated. It is critical that you reach out for help and work collaboratively with health professionals. What Is Chronic Depression? Depressive episodes … Read more

How Is Dual Diagnosis Treated?

How Is Dual Diagnosis Treated?

When someone has both a substance use disorder (SUD) and a mental health disorder, they have what is known as a dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders. Treating one condition without caring for the other may not produce lasting recovery because the interactions of both conditions can sabotage progress. Treatment for dual diagnoses must be integrated … Read more

How Do Pets Help Recovery?

How Do Pets Help Recovery?

Many people keep pets because they enjoy the companionship of animals. Pets offer many health benefits to people who are recovering from substance addiction. Especially for those who have recently entered sobriety, pets can provide much-needed social contact that helps them overcome loneliness and manage stress. The Importance of Social Contact Substance use disorder (SUD) … Read more

Why You Should Consider Regular Exercise as Medicine for Recovery

Why You Should Consider Regular Exercise as Medicine for Recovery

Many people know that regular exercise is good. During recovery from substance use disorder (SUD), the benefits of physical exercise can be even greater. In fact, many recovery experts encourage thinking of exercise as a free mood-boosting pill. What Exercise Does to the Recovering Body Physical activity helps one’s brain release certain feel-good chemicals. These … Read more

Therapies That Address the Mind-Body Connection

Therapies That Address the Mind-Body Connection

More and more addiction treatment centers are giving attention to the integration of mind, body, and spirit to achieve maximal healing for their clients. Through research, treatment professionals have realized that treating one of these aspects without considering the others does not effectively prevent relapses. Whole-body wellness includes physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. When … Read more