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Posted in Addiction Research

How to Use Spirituality for Addiction Recovery

Religion has taken a hit in modern times. Fewer people associate with a particular religion or attend services, but that doesn’t mean that we have turned away from a higher power. Many of us have simply shifted from being religious to being spiritual. The beauty of spirituality is that it means whatever you want it to mean. And, it can help if you are in recovery from addiction. If you have never considered yourself religious or spiritual and aren’t sure how to incorporate this into your recovery, here are some ideas to get you started:

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Gardening Helps Women in Addiction Recovery Grow Strong

In Vernon Hills, Illinois, outside of Chicago, women in treatment for addiction are gardening to support their recovery. It’s a simple idea, but one that has a lasting impact and that helps these former addicts feel a sense of purpose, to get exercise and to resist the urges to use again. It’s an idea that could spread and be used in other addiction communities to help all types of former addicts find a way through the difficulties of early recovery.

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Posted in Mental Health

Is Abstinence Required for Problem Gamblers?

gamblingProblem gamblers are people who develop dysfunctional, addictive patterns of behavior centered on one or more forms of gambling. Doctors use a diagnosis called gambling disorder to identify individuals affected by this problem. In a study published in 2014 in the journal International Gambling Studies, researchers from Canada’s University of Calgary investigated whether dysfunctional gamblers can still participate in certain gambling activities without triggering addiction-related behavior. The answer to this question may help determine if people with serious gambling problems need to avoid all forms of gambling and maintain strict abstinence in order to avoid an addiction relapse.

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Posted in Addiction Treatment

Here’s How to Give Loved Ones the Gift of a Sober You

“Mom got drunk and Dad got drunk at our Christmas party.”

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Posted in Articles

Working Your Way Back to God

Addicts seeking recovery often choose Christian rehab centers because they know that getting well and living free of the bondage of addiction is about more than quitting the abuse of a substance or a destructive behavior. It is about coming to know God, understanding His grace, feeling His presence and experiencing His healing power—the same power that will keep us sober and help us to live lives that honor Him.

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Mandatory Smoking Abstinence Improves Substance Treatment Outcomes

Cigarette use is quite common among people who have diagnosable problems with alcohol, drug or medication intake. Unfortunately, many people continue to smoke after entering substance treatment and continue to experience the potentially fatal health complications associated with cigarette intake. In a study published in December 2014 in The American Journal on Addictions, researchers from two U.S. institutions looked at the outcomes of smokers who are forced to quit as part of the terms of their substance treatment. These researchers concluded that mandatory smoking abstinence during treatment increases the likelihood that program graduates will maintain substance abstinence and avoid experiencing a relapse.

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Stop Enabling and Start Helping the Addict in Your Life

Being an enabler of an addict means supporting the addiction rather than the addict. You might think that you’re helping the person you love, but you’re really just helping him remain an addict and avoid making positive changes. Chief enablers in families are the ones who are doing the most damage, even when they mean to be helpful and loving. Learn to recognize your enabling behaviors so you can stop doing more damage and start really supporting the addict in your life.

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Supporting a Loved One After Rehab

A graduate student who finds herself leaning on Adderall in the morning and pot and booze at night finally enters treatment to learn healthy coping skills.

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Posted in Early Recovery

Addiction Recovery and Geographical Cures: Escapism Isn’t the Solution

Considering a geographical move isn’t an uncommon strategy for those of us who are in recovery for addiction problems. Many of us experience the urge to pull up roots and start over in a new neighborhood, a new city, a new state or maybe even a new country. We feel sure that all we need is a fresh beginning and everything will be all right.

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Posted in Mental Health

Pros and Cons of Organization

Most people see organization as a good thing. However, new studies suggest there might be a downside to zealous compartmentalization. So how organized should you be? It may be helpful to take a look at the pros and cons of organization.

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