• Don’t Be SAD: 6 Healthy Ways to Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder

    General

    Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that occurs most often during the late fall and early winter months and lasts until spring or summer. For people in recovery from an addiction, this condition poses a serious challenge. Feelings of depression are a major trigger for relapse,…

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  • 8 Ways to Cope With the Chaos of Family Holiday Events

    General

    You love your family, but that doesn’t mean they don’t make you crazy from time to time. This can be especially true during family holiday gatherings. If you’re newly sober, you’re not going to be able to use alcohol or drugs to dull negative emotions or take the sting out…

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  • How to Improve Your Diet in Recovery—and Why You Should

    General

    Good self-care is absolutely central to successful recovery.1 One of the most important ways to take good care of yourself is to eat a healthy diet. But changing your diet can be a challenge if your addiction led to unhealthy eating habits. These can be hard to break. Taking it…

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  • Single During the Holidays? Don’t Panic

    General

    Being single during the holidays can be tough if it makes you feel like the odd person out. It can be the bane of your existence at holiday gatherings if your family is waiting with bated breath for you to bring home that special someone. But you don’t have to…

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  • How Legalizing Marijuana Is Affecting Addiction Rates Across the Country

    Addiction

    Marijuana is the second-most commonly used psychoactive substance in the U.S., second only to alcohol. Marijuana use has been on the rise since the 1970s, but marijuana addiction rates appear to be holding steady, even in the face of legalization. The Prevalence of Marijuana Use in the U.S. According to…

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  • Life Skills to Strengthen Your Recovery

    Recovery

    Addiction takes a toll on your body, mind and spirit. Mastering recovery depends on repairing the damage and doing everything you can to move forward in healthy ways. The first step of recovery is getting a handle on the various aspects of your life that are essential to well-being and…

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  • Binge Drinking vs. Alcoholism: Is there a Difference?

    Addiction

    For many people, there may not appear to be much of a difference between binge drinking and alcoholism. It’s common to picture a person with alcoholism as a person who consumes excessive amounts of alcohol every day. However, the two conditions aren’t the same. Not all who suffer from alcoholism…

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  • When It Happens to Your Family: How to Support Your Child Through Addiction Treatment and Recovery

    Addiction

    When your child has an addiction, nothing can describe the melting pot of emotions you feel. Fear, frustration, anger and hopelessness may dominate your waking hours, taking a toll on your quality of life and well-being. The National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence calls addiction a family disease, because…

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