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Reconnecting With Parents After Treatment

Family relationships can be challenging. Sure, you did not pick your parents, and they may frustrate you. Still, they can be a source of love, support, and affection. However, when you are dealing with addiction or other difficulties in life, it can be easy to become estranged from family members. Reconnecting with parents can bringRead More

Why Did I Develop an Addiction?

Many people who are facing addiction wonder why they became addicted in the first place. There are many ways you can develop an addiction, but there are also many ways you can break the cycle. No two addictions are ever the same, so it’s important to approach your condition from a standpoint unique to you.Read More

Discussing Trauma in Addiction Treatment

Addiction has been cast under a shadow of stigma that places the weight of responsibility on the individual. As the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states, stigma about substance use disorder (SUD) stems from flawed beliefs that addiction is a moral failing. Stigma can be detrimental to your well-being as it leads to feelingsRead More

How Complex PTSD Leads to Addiction

Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (or complex PTSD) has been gaining much attention lately from studies to social media. This form of trauma is not always obvious and can take years to diagnose. Like other forms of trauma, complex PTSD leads to addiction, depression, and other debilitating conditions. What Is Complex PTSD? Many traumatic events canRead More

Building a Supportive Network at The Guest House as an Alumni

If you’re in recovery, building a supportive network after treatment is crucial. Being around people who support your journey and are focused on what is best for you can be the difference between sobriety and addiction. There are many places to find a support network. However, at The Guest House, we have already completed theRead More

Should I Create a New Relapse Prevention Plan as an Alumni?

Just as the seasons of your life change, so should your relapse prevention plan. At the beginning of treatment, your triggers looked different than they do now. As you’ve changed during recovery, so have your triggers or your capabilities for dealing with them. Over time, it’s a good idea to customize your action plans toRead More

Facing the Aftermath of Trauma

Trauma can come in many different forms, from physical and emotional abuse to natural disasters and man-caused incidents like car accidents. Moreover, traumatic events can happen once, multiple times, or occur as a set of chronic events throughout your life. When people in the general public and media talk about trauma, they often refer toRead More

How Adventure Therapy in Nature Benefits Addiction Recovery

Nature benefits addiction recovery in expansive and exciting ways. Spending time in nature, in general, can be one of the most powerful therapeutic modalities. When adventure therapy is added to this atmosphere, it can have a wide range of benefits for long-term success. Nature Benefits for Physical and Mental Wellness Nature as a therapeutic practiceRead More

Protecting Your Sobriety During the Holidays

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and this can be an extremely difficult time for those in recovery. In order to protect your sobriety during the holidays, it’s important to have an action plan in place. The Holidays and Your Sobriety While the holidays are meant to be filled with fun and joy, this timeRead More

5 Ways to Combat Boredom in Recovery

During early recovery, it is easy to get bored easily. After all, you spent a lot of time involved with your addiction. Now all of that time needs to be used differently. The good news is that early recovery is a time when you can get creative and learn new healthy ways to have funRead More