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Month: October 2021

What Defines “Trauma” for Different People?

Trauma is a complex and difficult experience that can uniquely affect each individual. However, not only can a person’s responses to traumatic events vary, what each individual experiences as a traumatic event can also be vastly different. Trauma can take many different forms with varying severity and consequences. Despite the different definitions that trauma can …

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Can I Feel Connected Even When Alone?

Addiction is a very isolating experience, both physically and emotionally. One’s thoughts can become polluted with images of addictive substances, scheduling when one can engage with them next, or expectantly looking forward to them as a coping strategy.  Others may find that they will physically isolate themselves in an effort to prevent others from seeing …

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When Does Stress Become Anxiety?

Stress is commonplace throughout everyday life. One’s workplace and coworkers, financial concerns, relationships, and even access to self-care, proper rest, and diet all dictate one’s stress levels.  However, while stress is an unfortunate inevitability throughout daily life, stress that transforms into anxiety can present a number of new concerns. Determining the difference between stress and …

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What Should I Look For in a Community?

Recovery communities play an active and important role throughout one’s recovery journey. Whether an individual is battling substance abuse or overcoming mental health disorders, one’s community plays an integral role in the development of effective techniques and new values and goals.  Finding the right community can shape one’s entire journey inside and outside of the …

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What Does It Mean to Be in Control?

Control is the cornerstone of recovery and plays an integral role in developing a new, sober lifestyle. However, it is also a term that carries many different meanings. Establishing control over one’s new lifestyle means first understanding what control means to each person. Unpacking these various definitions can help each individual create a dedicated plan …

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Why Is Anger Management So Important?

Anger can be a prevalent and debilitating feeling throughout recovery. From withdrawal symptoms during detox to the constant stress of battling stressors and urges, anger can be a common emotion. However, learning to manage this anger is paramount to maintaining one’s sobriety. The effects of anger can not only be an inherent stressor on its …

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The Relationship Between Bipolar Disorder and Substance Use Disorder

Bipolar disorder (BD) is a mental health disorder characterized by dramatic shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels that affect a person’s ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. This mood disorder is faced by millions of Americans every year. Research estimates that 4.4% of the adult population will experience it at some point in their lives, …

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The Long-Term Effects of Opiate Abuse

The opioid epidemic is one of the worst substance-related problems in American history, second only to alcohol. The CDC estimates that nearly 500,000 people have died from an opiate overdose from 1999-2019. That is almost 25,000 people per year.  Unlike alcohol or other drugs, opioid use originally stemmed from the medical community, rather than bars or …

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