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6 Facts You Might Not Know About Addiction

by Cris Carl | Mar 16, 2021

There are many misconceptions about addiction. Some of these myths are harmful and contribute to the stigma surrounding the condition. If someone you care about is struggling with the disease, it’s important to become as educated as possible about addiction to remove negative stereotypes and emphasize the importance of seeking addiction treatment. Here are six facts you might not know about addiction. 

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Outpatient Alcohol Rehab - The Basics Explained

by Tonya Bales | Mar 10, 2021

Nearly 15 million people suffer from alcohol use disorder, and some of these individuals will never break their addictions. Many will even die from it. 

Suffering from an alcohol addiction can leave you in a place of hopelessness and despair, but you don't have to stay feeling this way. Instead, you can seek help from an alcohol rehab. 

Alcohol treatment programs come in many forms and styles, including outpatient treatment. If you're eager to learn more about outpatient treatment, keep reading to learn some of the basic principles and features of outpatient rehab.

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Medicare and Addiction Treatment: What You Need to Know

by Tonya Bales | Feb 16, 2021

Uncertainty about insurance coverage for addiction treatment services can be a barrier that prevents people from seeking help. Insurers have made significant progress in recognizing the widespread issues surrounding substance use disorder and have begun to provide coverage to meet the need. Medicare has followed suit in making treatment for alcohol and substance use disorder available if certain conditions are met:

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Addiction Recovery is Not Linear. It's Important Not to Give Up

by Anna M. Gaddy | Feb 8, 2021

Recovery is not always a linear path. Sometimes it takes several tries and treatment programs to find the right one. If you or someone you know is living with addiction, it can sometimes feel like these turns are setbacks on the recovery journey – but that’s not necessarily the case. Remember, each person’s recovery is different. What works best for one person may not work for the next. Understanding the many ways people can recover is an important step to maintaining a treatment plan.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Taking Control of Your Life in Recovery from Addiction

The start of a new year is a time filled with feelings of possibility and hope for a fresh start. It can be the perfect opportunity to make a change in your life, no matter how small. However, when setting resolutions, consider starting with simple goals that are achievable. Staying focused on clear and realistic goals will help you avoid feeling frustrated or burned out early on.

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Mental Wellness Month: Tips for Taking Care of Your Mental Health

by Anna M. Gaddy | Dec 14, 2020

Mental health affects all aspects of our lives. It determines how we think, feel and behave and impacts our ability to manage stress, connect with others and recover from life’s challenges and setbacks. Many factors influence our mental wellness, such as relationships, financial issues or social isolation.

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How can friends and family support loved ones in recovery during COVID-19?

by James Meacham, M.D. | Nov 24, 2020

The coronavirus continues to cause tremendous stress around the globe. With worries about getting sick, the health of loved ones, job security and social distancing, many people are struggling at this time. In particular, increased isolation and disrupted routines are especially difficult for individuals in recovery. Isolation can lead to conditions like anxiety and depression, which are often co-occurring disorders with addiction. Maintaining contact with your loved one is a crucial part of supporting them on their recovery journey. A simple text or call can have a large impact, or get creative while social distancing. Do an activity you both enjoy virtually or have a safe hangout outdoors, distanced and wearing masks.

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Supporting a loved one in addiction recovery during the holiday season

by James Meacham, M.D. | Nov 20, 2020

The holidays can be a special time to be close to loved ones, but this year the COVID-19 pandemic is a source of increased anxiety. In addition to typical holiday stressors – like the need to find the perfect gift or tension among extended family members – families will be trying to navigate the holidays while staying safe from the virus.This holiday season may be an especially difficult time for individuals in addiction recovery as stress and loneliness caused by social distancing measures can lead to a return to negative coping habits. If your loved one is in recovery, your support and consideration during the holidays could greatly ease their anxiety and make it more enjoyable.Here are our tips for supporting a loved one in recovery during the holiday season:

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Thankfulness in Recovery – celebrating the small wins

by Anna M. Gaddy | Nov 17, 2020

It’s tradition to focus on what we’re thankful for during the holiday season, but in recovery striving to consistently incorporate gratitude in your life is essential. Addiction is a disease that thrives on negativity, so actively practicing gratitude is a great tool when trying to maintain recovery.

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Tips for Maintaining Recovery During Physical Distancing

by Phyllis Losikoff, M.D. | Aug 11, 2020

Individuals managing a substance or alcohol addiction face challenges every day when it comes to maintaining their recovery. Many of the principles of recovery depend on physical interactions with mentors, health care providers, friends, support groups and other networks. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to limit physical interactions in many places across the country, people struggling with addiction should seek alternatives to help maintain their addiction recovery.

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