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New Year: Realistic Resolutions

It is that time of year when you may be thinking of areas of your life you want to change. You may have goals like running a marathon, getting married, or learning a different language. How often do you follow through with achieving your New Year’s goals? At times, goals can become unrealistic expectations dueRead More

Caring for Your Mental Health During Collective Trauma

Everyone is impacted by stress to some degree in their daily lives. Some stress is healthy because it motivates you to challenge yourself and grow, like the stress of a first date or changing jobs. On the other hand, prolonged or chronic stress can have a devastating impact on your well-being. According to Medline Plus,Read More

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