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The Challenges of the First Year Sober

If you have relied on alcohol or drugs for any length of time to escape from reality or to relieve bad feelings, learning to live sober can be very challenging. The intense symptoms of withdrawal from substance use disorder are only the beginning. Although you may wish you could just get through detox and then live happily ever after, …

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The Dangers of Alcohol Withdrawal

When you have reached a point where your life revolves around drinking, you probably know you have a problem. You aren’t even sure if you are drinking because you want to drink anymore or if you are drinking because you have to drink. You know you should stop, but you aren’t sure if you can. …

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3 Things You Shouldn't Do If Your Loved One Relapses

3 Things You Shouldn’t Do If Your Loved One Relapses

When you love someone recovering from alcohol or drug addiction, you may feel a huge sense of relief when they agree to go into treatment and get sober. You want to believe that all the bad times are behind you. However, if your loved one ends up relapsing, it can be devastating for you. Relapses are not …

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Benefits of Participating in a Family Program

The Benefits of Participating in a Family Program

The effects of addiction go beyond the person with the disease. It spreads out and affects everyone in their lives, particularly their family. A person under the influence of drugs or alcohol often acts out in destructive ways that seem unforgivable. Family members lose trust and faith in the idea that the person they raised or grew up …

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4 Steps to Reducing Your Anxiety

Anxiety is about more than just worry. It’s an emotional burden and psychiatric disorder that can paralyze a person in frustration, irritability, or inaction. There’s a physical element to anxiety as well. Anxiety triggers the release of stress hormones, like cortisol, which have an impact on the way your body functions. Fortunately, you can take …

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10 Things Horses Teach Us About Our Relationships and Recovery

By Danielle Sukenik, LMFT, EAGALA Certified, Equine Therapist at The RanchSome imagine equine-assisted psychotherapy is about galloping through the woods with the wind in their hair; however, it is actually a therapeutic process that is very different from a recreational trail ride or a visit to a dude ranch. Working with horses in addiction recovery …

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Addiction Treatment: Taking the First Step

Realizing that you need addiction treatment can be an altogether terrifying and confusing reality, although it doesn’t have to be. Our men’s and women’s inpatient and outpatient treatment services, along with group therapy, family, and alumni programs are ready to provide all needed support on your journey. However, to receive the best these support programs have …

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6 Ways Yoga Helps With Depression and Addiction

It is clear that yoga is shedding its old reputation as an esoteric practice exclusively for the spiritually devout. It is also not just for those who consider themselves flexible or interested in eastern spirituality. At The Ranch TN, we use yoga to help you in the recovery process. Yoga is typically not appropriate for …

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The Co-occurrence of Addiction and Mental Illness: Meeting the Challenge

Addiction to drugs or alcohol is a difficult problem for anyone to overcome. But imagine how hard it would be to successfully conquer a substance abuse problem if you were also struggling with a mental health issue. Addiction and mental illness complicate treatment and recovery. A person trying to beat addiction requires all of the …

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