6 Aftercare Options for Long-Term Recovery Support

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While the rehab experience can be transformative for someone with a substance use disorder, recovery must continue after discharge or the risk is high for a return to use. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that 40 to 60 percent of people with a substance use disorder experience a recurrence of use after treatment. These figures are similar … Read More

How to Answer “Why Aren’t You Drinking?”

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Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are all close at hand. Since these holidays usually involve parties where drinking is a factor, you may find yourself in awkward situations where you formerly used alcohol as a social lubricant. To lessen the potential threat to your sobriety, it helps to be prepared. Here are some tips for those new to addiction recovery to … Read More

How to Observe National Recovery Month

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National Recovery Month is observed each September in the U.S. and has arrived once again. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, this is an annual opportunity to honor those who are in recovery from mental health and addiction issues. This is a movement that also seeks to raise awareness about the dangers of substance misuse and … Read More

How Does Rehab Affect People Emotionally?

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There is a conception about recovery that it is merely the act of getting rid of dangerous substances, but the process involves so much more. Some people use alcohol or drugs as a means of masking unpleasant feelings. Whether users are aware of this or not, substance misuse deadens normal emotional responses. These emotional responses can re-awaken in addiction recovery. … Read More

Handling the Early Stages of Recovery as a Family

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Early recovery can be a challenge, and one of the driving factors behind both short and long-term success in recovery is having the right support in place. While there is no set period that defines "early recovery," some consider this period to be the first 90 days up to one year of sobriety.  This is a time to begin a … Read More

Exploring Homelessness and Addiction in Florida

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Thousands of people continue to live in the Sunshine State without a home. Homelessness is a pervasive issue in Florida, and it is now also one that is closely tied to our nation’s growing addiction epidemic. One of the dilemmas is that being homeless can be both a cause and an effect of substance abuse. Fortunately, there are addiction recovery … Read More

Why a Continuum of Care Is Needed in Florida Addiction Recovery

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There is a common misconception around addiction that the problem is entirely physical. In other words, if you could just go somewhere to get through the discomfort of detox, you would be able to pick back up with your life as if that terrible chapter had never taken place. Anyone who gives this a try will quickly learn that a … Read More

Medical Marijuana Use: What Florida Addicts Should Know

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For people in addiction recovery, the risk of relapse is ever-present. The further away from substance abuse a person gets, the easier it is to resist. However, with medical marijuana now more widely available in the state of Florida, not to mention the prevalence of addicts with conditions for which marijuana is approved, the question of whether Florida residents battling … Read More

Identifying the Stages of Relapse in Florida Addiction Recovery

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Relapse doe not happen in a blink. Addiction recovery is a lifelong process of ups and downs, and the slip back into bad habits could take weeks or longer to form. Before you know it, shadows from the past could creep up and threaten your reality, even in sunny Florida. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine says relapse is gradual … Read More

4 Stages Of Recovery From Addiction

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Addiction is a complicated disease that is classified as both a mental illness and chronic disease. For some, addiction happens quickly, but for others, it develops over time. When you’re dealing with drug or alcohol addiction, it’s easy to feel alone. However, there are approximately 23.5 million Americans addicted to drug or alcohol, while only 11% of those people attend … Read More