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How Do I Care for a Spouse in Recovery?

How Do I Care for a Spouse in Recovery?

Substance addiction tends to rock family relationships. When a spouse is addicted to drugs or alcohol, your marriage may enter a phase of turmoil. Luckily, because substance addiction is a treatable disease, there is always hope. If you support a spouse through recovery, expect a significant learning curve, but know that healing is possible. What … Read more

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 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

4 Benefits of Person-First Language

4 Benefits of Person-First Language

Putting the person first when describing someone with a disability or disease can positively influence the images and impressions we form about them. When it comes to our use of language in combatting addiction-related stigma, person-first language is critical in fostering an environment of dignity, mutual respect, positivity, and hope. Read on to discover four … Read more

What Should Parents Know about Drug Policies in the U.S.?

What Should Parents Know about Drug Policies in the U.S.?

Many parents are concerned about the risk of their children developing substance use disorder (SUD) given the widespread access to substances in communities and the legalization of some drugs in the U.S. While people might think legalization is simply a yes or no dichotomy, there are several forms this kind of legalization can take, each … Read more

Life Skills and Self-Management During Recovery

Life Skills and Self-Management During Recovery

The secret to sustainable recovery is rebuilding a healthy and balanced lifestyle. There are many coping skills and self-management tactics to help you make your lifestyle stress-free, orderly, and balanced. Recovering individuals who commit to this learning experience may benefit from various life skills in many ways. Daily Skills to Care for Yourself As you … Read more