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How to Avoid 5 of the Most Common Relapse Triggers

May 13, 2019

1: Stress Stress may be the number one cause of relapse. Many people in recovery turn back to their substance of choice when they are feeling overwhelmed with life issues. For many addicts, drinking and drugging was a maladaptive way of coping with various stressful experiences. Being Hungry, Angry, Tired or Lonely (HALT) can exacerbate…

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Final Exams in Recovery

May 6, 2019

Exam season is fast approaching. Exams at any time in someone’s life can raise stress and anxiety levels. For people in recovery, stress and anxiety are often triggers for using and drinking. We want to help you navigate the difficulties of a stressful exam period and provide tools to stop you reaching for a substance…

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How to Achieve an “Attitude of Gratitude” in Recovery

April 29, 2019

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” These wise words were from John F Kennedy and got us thinking about how to actually live in continued expressed gratitude. We therefore devised a little guide to help us all live…

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Moving Past Shame in Addiction Recovery: Choosing to Move Forward

April 28, 2019

Shame is defined as, “a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.” Shame is a powerful emotion that can cause people to feel worthless, defective, and damaged beyond repair – and for those in addiction recovery, shame can be quite a common feeling. One fundamental area of…

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An Attitude of Gratitude in Recovery

April 22, 2019

Practicing daily gratitude has benefits that can help you maintain your recovery. It helps to reduce stress and illness and improves sleep and social connection. When you are focused on what you are grateful for you start to appreciate what is good about your life, instead of what is bad. By being grateful, you can…

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Empathy in Recovery

April 15, 2019

According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, Empathy is “the ability to share someone else’s feelings or experiences by imagining what it would be like to be in that person’s situation”. This means you are able to identify and understand another individual’s feelings and motives without having to actually share their experience. An empathetic person is…

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In What Ways Can I Find Freedom Through Sobriety?

April 11, 2019

The journey to recovery is different for everyone. We’re all made up of unique thought processes, personalities, histories, relationships, painful experiences, accomplishments, health conditions and so much more – it’s only fitting that these elements that make up who we are will go onto influence the way we perceive ourselves and our recovery. As the…

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How Can You Get An Addict Into Rehab?

April 8, 2019

Have you ever seen a wounded wild animal? Perhaps you’ve seen something caught in a trap or in a fence, thrashing wildly to get free, but lashing out at anyone who comes near to try and help it? This analogy is easily relatable to the stories of many whose loved one is trapped in the…

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How Do I Overcome Insecurity?

How Do I Overcome Insecurity?

March 29, 2019

Being insecure is the feeling of believing that you are not good enough. This can cause you to question everything around you as being too good to be true. You can overcome insecurity by understanding the value of your worth and being confident that everything in your life will be fine. Insecurity can lead to…

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Gifts to Give Someone with Anxiety

Gifts to Give Someone with Anxiety

March 29, 2019

If you do not have anxiety, it may be hard to understand what your loved one is going through. Whether it is your loved one’s birthday, a special occasion, Christmas, Chanukah, anniversary, or any other holiday, this present you give them will show them how much you care about their struggles with anxiety and that…

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Learning From Amanda Bynes’s Struggles with Addiction and Mental Illness

Learning From Amanda Bynes’s Struggles with Addiction and Mental Illness

March 27, 2019

Amanda Bynes had a promising career as a child star with a lot of promise. What looked like bizarre behavior on Twitter and her series of arrests were just a cry for help for her mental health disorder. Bynes showed the world how with the use of the internet, we can see how mental illness…

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Is Social Media Anxiety Real?

Is Social Media Anxiety Real?

March 26, 2019

Most people who have social media accounts are able to check their notifications without feeling any form of anxiety. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America says that 20% of people with social media account cannot go more than three hours without checking them which can be a symptom of social media anxiety. It is…

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