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Treating Pain Without Medication

Many people who develop opioid addiction begin with the use of prescribed pain-relieving medications. A vast majority of patients taking prescribed opioids will not have any problems, but for some, prescription opioid use can spiral into abuse and addiction. Those who have entered into a life of sobriety may find it helpful to seek non-pharmacologicalRead More

The Science of Self-Talk

The stories we construct about our lives and what we tell ourselves are extremely important. Researchers examining the benefits of positive self-talk have found that it can minimize feelings of stress, anxiety, and defensiveness. Conversely, if we are telling ourselves negative things, our interpretation of reality will be sullied by a negative mindset and weRead More

The Importance of Honesty in Recovery

There are only three requirements that we need to effectively engage in our recovery: honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness. Honesty in recovery does not only mean that we should be honest with others, but also that we should be honest with ourselves. Our time in active addiction was often full of lies, deceit, and self-deception. IfRead More

Breaking Down Emotional Walls

The more we live in a state of active addiction, the more we put up psychological walls around us. We build walls as a means of keeping others from getting a view of who we are at the core of our being. Our psychological walls keep us from having to face the truth of ourRead More

How Often Should I Go to Meetings?

The question of how frequently one should attend meetings comes up often. There is no specific number of meetings that one should attend but based on the collective experience of men and women in recovery as well as research into the subject, there are a several basic suggestions. As 12-step recovery has received the mostRead More

What is Amphetamine Withdrawal?

Many illicit substances can cause physical or psychological disturbances when one stops taking them. Amphetamines, in particular, seem to carry a high risk of psychological symptoms during withdrawal. Prolonged amphetamine use causes changes to the brain and behavior that may make it difficult to maintain sobriety. The Australian Government Department of Health explains, “The mostRead More

Treating Depression without Medication

Medications are often the first line of defense in treating depression. We should certainly seek medical help if we are facing major depressive symptoms and follow our doctor’s advice. If, however, our symptoms are mild, we may be able to implement non-pharmacological techniques ease our symptoms. Physical activity and exercise is one of the mostRead More

Being Optimistic May Improve Your Health

In the early stages of recovery, it can be difficult to maintain a positive outlook on life. We are often dealing with a litany of strong emotions, and anxiety and depression are common. By doing our best to maintain a sense of optimism, however, we can improve both our mental and physical health, making forRead More

Choosing a Long-Term Recovery Program

The best way to ensure our safety against the possibility of relapse is to engage in a long-term recovery program after treatment. There are a variety of recovery programs to choose from, and it may be difficult to decide which one would be best. In early sobriety, we should feel free to explore all possibleRead More