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Mental Health

How Decriminalization Reform Is Changing the Treatment of Substance Use

Since the early 1970s during the Nixon administration, Americans have been living under a set of political policies known as “The War on Drugs.” Richard Nixon and his administration wanted to address the widespread substance use and testing of the 1960s and do something drastic that would satisfy their supporters.  Although temporary satisfaction was gained, …

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Practicing Mindfulness at Home

Practicing mindfulness can be a crucial part of managing one’s sobriety and emotional state. Being able to distance oneself from immediate, impulsive reactions while being cognizant of one’s body, feelings, and thoughts provides a powerful foundation. This foundation can bolster one’s ability to create and employ any number of coping strategies for maintaining recovery.  When …

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Overcoming Social Anxiety as an Alumnus

Graduating from an addiction recovery program and reingratiating oneself into the “real world” is worthy of celebration. However, joining new communities or engaging in social events outside of the recovery sphere can be difficult, especially for those who experience social anxiety.  While social anxiety can feel debilitating, there are ways for those in recovery to …

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Tackling Urges and Maintaining a Sober Focus

Urges are an unfortunate inevitability throughout any stage of addiction recovery. Often, they are prevalent during the beginning of one’s sober journey in detox or residential programs. However, it is still common to experience them even after graduating from a treatment program. Balancing one’s recovery and personal life can also cause urges as well.  Being …

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Give More, Feel Better: The Power of Gift Giving

While addiction recovery is a very personal journey, there can be great benefits from embracing the presence of others. Working on one’s coping strategies and establishing a new, sober lifestyle is complicated. Using the power of gift-giving can help further one’s goals by providing a way to deepen relationships, redefine holidays, or begin to ingratiate …

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Working Through Traumatic Anniversaries

Traumatic experiences stick with a person for a long time, even after any immediate danger has passed. These experiences can be closely tied to the time of day or year in which they happened. Feelings of one’s anxiety, depression, or overall emotional state surrounding the traumatic experience can resurface as the anniversary of one’s trauma …

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Early Identification of Regressive, Self-Destructive Behaviors

The successful implementation of new life skills, coping strategies, and a change in one’s mindset are all hallmarks of profound progress in one’s recovery journey. Continuing to employ these strategies and lifestyle choices is essential for staving off cravings and managing stressors while also developing one’s sober identity.  However, while developing these strategies is paramount, …

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