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5 Steps to Facing Life After Rehab

5 Steps to Facing Life After Rehab Life after rehab seems uncertain when all you are focusing on is getting sober and healing from addiction. However, if you want to be successful in recovery, avoid relapse and have a life you can enjoy, you need to think about it. How successful are drug rehabs that don’t address this issue? They are only aimed at getting you clean, not helping you learn how to stay sober. If you are preparing for a stint in rehab or if you are already out and feeling lost, here are some steps you can take to start rebuilding your life.

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Are You Safe From Relapse If You Have Long-Term Sobriety?

When you first get sober, the thought of staying away from a drink or a drug for a whole day seems difficult or impossible. After a while, you get the hang of how to get through life one day at a time without picking up a drink or a drug. Before you know it, days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months and months turn into years.

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The First 5 Things to Do After Rehab

Getting into treatment for addiction isn’t easy, but getting out can be even tougher. There are 86,400 seconds in a day, and each one presents challenges when your body and brain are aching for a fix.

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Posted in Helpful Articles, Mental Health

Survive the Holidays With Mindfulness

Holidays can be stressful. Mindfulness can help. Here’s the proof.

In a review of 39 studies drawing upon mindfulness as clinical interventions, researchers concluded that mindfulness techniques can help people struggling with such issues as anxiety and depression — often two unwelcome guests during the holiday season.

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10 Personality Types to Avoid in Early Addiction Recovery

Relationships are the lifeblood of recovery. Good ones can nourish your self-esteem and bolster your resolve in the darkest moments. But toxic relationships — the ones that bring you down even when you’re feeling your best —don’t just rub you the wrong way. They can put you at high risk of relapse.

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Don’t Feel Like Journaling But Still Want to Heal?

Journaling seems to be one of those buzz words that ranks high on the list of beneficial things to do in recovery.  Maybe you really don’t feel like journaling, but you still want to heal. If that’s the case, is this therapeutic action completely off the table for you? Are there new and different ways to journal that aren’t such a pain?

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How You Can Help a Family Member in Recovery

When you love an addict or alcoholic, you probably have spent a long time hoping and praying that your loved one would get sober. Now he or she finally has made that choice, and for the families of addicts and alcoholics, early recovery is a time of learning new ways of relating. Your family may have lived through many difficult experiences. You may have put up with legal issues, financial problems and loss of trust and communication. You may have felt that the person you have known for years isn’t even there anymore.

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Three Ways to Love Yourself in Recovery

We’re told we need to love ourselves. We are told we need to have a healthy sense of self-esteem. But after years of addiction, rebelling against God and making havoc of our lives and relationships, it’s hard to feel anything other than a deep sense of self-hatred and shame.

However, this kind of outlook doesn’t allow us to heal or to truly embrace the promises of recovery. Self-hatred fueled our addiction and kept us mired in a life that wasn’t going anywhere. Recovery allows us to move from a place of self-loathing to self-love. While we may not feel the love, there are a few steps we can take. Learning to love yourself after addiction starts with intentional practices.

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Coping with Relapse

Relapse means using again after being sober for a period of time. If you are in recovery from addiction, relapse is a fear you face every day. Each day is a new opportunity to live a successfully sober life, but it is also a chance to slide backward. As an addict in recovery you have to be aware of the possibility of relapse after rehab, but know that you can come back from it. Relapse happens to many people and it doesn’t have to mean failure. Use it as a learning experience and come away stronger than ever in your recovery.

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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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