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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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The Importance of Continuing Addiction Treatment During COVID-19

by Tracey Cohen, M.D. | Mar 26, 2020

Addiction and isolation can be a dangerous combination.

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The Alarming Rise of Drug Deaths in Franklin County, Ohio

by Carol Fite Lynn | Feb 6, 2020

Last year Ohio witnessed the first decline in drug-related fatalities since 2009. Fatal drug overdoses decreased more than 22% across the state. Unfortunately, Franklin County did not experience the same decline. The county totaled 476 drug deaths in 2018 – the largest death toll in the state and a 10% increase from the year prior. Deadly surges continue to occur:

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Community Partnership Expands Addiction Recovery Options in Mansfield, Pennsylvania

by Carol Fite Lynn | Feb 3, 2020

Addiction is affecting people across the country. Rural areas in particular are struggling with the increase of substance use disorder cases because access to treatment options is typically scarce.

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