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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…

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Support Group Meetings Vital to Your Recovery

If the idea of sitting among a group of fellow recovering addicts sharing their stories makes you uncomfortable, you are not alone. You may not like the idea of participating in a support group. However, it may be important to your recovery. Of course, there is no single treatment or recovery practice that works for…

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Different Recovery Programs

Different Recovery Programs vs. Treatment Different recovery programs offer alternatives means of recovery in addition to treatment if you’re suffering from alcohol addiction or substance use disorder. Recovery programs are more in the mode of self-help program. However, addiction treatment programs refer to professional assistance with substance abuse or alcohol abuse. The Ranch is open…

How Addiction Affects Families: The Far-Reaching Effects of Substance Use Disorder

It’s difficult to list exactly how addiction affects families. The repercussions spread outward like the rings from a pebble dropped in a pond. But experts have known for years that children who grow up in homes where drugs and alcohol are used often develop addictions, too. Sadly, even if these children do manage to skirt a…

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Common Relapse Triggers

Triggers are often internal or emotional reactions to external situations or environments. Triggers can occur at any time without warning. For this reason, they often catch people off guard. This can be devastating for someone who is trying to end addiction but falls prey to common relapse triggers that they may not be aware of.…