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Rejuvenating a Relationship

Rejuvenating a Relationship In a long term relationship, it takes a lot of two sided effort to make it last.  Any relationship will have its own fair share of ups and downs, but sometimes it’s the plateaus that are the hardest.  Sometimes in a relationship we reach a point of complacency. Sure, there isn’t any […]

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Be Happy: Finding Joy on a Budget

Finding Joy on a Budget Money is not necessary to be happy.  Although the thought, “if only I had more money for xyz, I could be happy” may cross our minds, it is not entirely true.  Some of the wealthiest people in the world, who appear to have everything are unsatisfied with their life. Mental […]

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Elderly and Substance Abuse

Elderly and Substance Abuse When thinking about who struggles with addiction, many overlook the possibility of substance abuse within the aging population.  Addiction knows no age limits. No one is too young or too old to start. On the other hand, no one is too young or too old to stop.  Each person starts or […]

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What is Harm Reduction?

History The idea of Harm Reduction started in the early 90’s.  Harm reduction programs such as needle exchanges is what really caught the public’s attention.  In a needle exchange program, users could bring their used needles in exchange for new ones. The idea behind needle exchange and harm reduction is to meet the addiction on […]

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Caregiver Fatigue

Caregiver Fatigue Whether you are a parent caring for young children, a child caring for elderly parents, a sibling caring for a disabled sibling, or a friend caring for a friend in recovery, chances are you will experience caregiver fatigue at some point in time, if not already.  Caregiver fatigue or burnout is when a […]

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Recovery and Eating Healthy

Recovery and Eating Healthy Recovery means much more than quitting drugs, drinking, or smoking.  Recovery means healing mentally, emotionally, and physically from the damage of substance abuse.  Healing is a process that takes much more than just abstinence from a substance. The stoppage of using leaves a void that needs to be filled with positivity […]

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Discovering Your Self Worth

Discovering Your Self Worth Many think that self-esteem and self worth are the same thing and use the terms interchangeably.  Self-esteem is the confidence that one has in themself, their personal perception of themself. Self worth exists whether or not you recognize it.  Everyone has self worth, it is intrinsic, and when you come to […]

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Recovery Pride

Recovery Pride There are some who are in recovery who wear their recovery badge on their sleeve with pride.  Others, are embarrassed to be in recovery for various reasons. Some might feel ashamed to be in recovery because of the stigma associated with addiction, others might feel shame when associating with friends or family who […]

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Recovery: Beware of the Holidays

Recovery: Beware of the Holidays There are holidays year round, but especially in the late fall and winter months, there tends to be extra celebrating and cheer.  Relapse is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the holiday season; though, the holiday season can be a major challenge for those in […]

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Cravings

Cravings are not limited to food cravings and pregnant women.  Anyone can have cravings and it is possible to have cravings for past addictive substances.  Having a craving doesn’t diminish someone’s progress, nor does it signify weakness. Cravings are common and temporary.  Many in recovery will struggle with cravings, but it doesn’t need to last […]

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