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How Often Should I Update My Relapse Prevention Plan?

As you know, a relapse is never out of the question, no matter how long you have been in recovery. This is why a relapse prevention plan is an important tool to have in your recovery toolbox. It can be easy to get into the mindset that everything is fine and you’re going to stayRead More

The Benefits of a Digital Detox

In today’s day and age, most people are very connected to their phones and social media. If this describes you, you may wonder where the line is between regular consumption and an actual social media addiction. A digital detox can help you rediscover life’s joys away from your phone and rebuild your relationship with yourself.Read More

What Is the Difference Between a Lapse and a Relapse?

It is easy to get caught up in the world around you and forget to manage your triggers. Also, it can be difficult to juggle all of life’s responsibilities. Maybe you even find yourself questioning your commitment to your recovery. Recovering from substance use disorder (SUD) is a process, and lapses and relapses can sometimesRead More

4 Common Cross Addictions as an Alumnus

Addiction is one of the hardest things to overcome in life. When you have learned how to live without your substance of choice, you may have been tempted to replace it with another substance. This is the definition of cross addiction. You may not even recognize what is happening. Perhaps you will make excuses orRead More

Negative News Cycles: Handling Triggers

Handling triggers when it comes to negative news can seem like an impossible task, especially for those in recovery. Some people may even be re-traumatized by frightening images, fear, and anxious feelings. However, protecting your mental health and recovery is possible when you learn how to handle negative news triggers in an empowering way. ARead 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

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

The Connection Between Addiction and Anxiety

Addiction and anxiety often go hand-in-hand. While it’s common for addiction to occur alongside any mental health disorder, anxiety is one of the most common. Understanding the factors that lead to this connection can help you find long-term success in recovery. Co-Occurring Disorders According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), “nearlyRead More

The Complicated Understanding of Hallucinogen Addiction

Addiction, as a whole, is very complex and is unique for every client. However, certain types of addictions, such as alcohol addiction, are certainly more common than others. While not often thought of as dangerous drugs or drugs one may fall into addictive habits with, the use and/or abuse of hallucinogens can certainly inform addiction.Read More

Does Sex Addiction Mask Unhealed Emotional Wounds?

Sex addiction is a risky cycle that can put you in dangerous situations. It’s hard to combat this cycle when you feel like you’re continuously stuck. In order to begin the process of healing, it may be helpful to look at unhealed emotional wounds. Tracing your way back to the root cause can help youRead More