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Importance of Self-Care in Addiction Recovery

Recovery is hard work Whether you completed 30/60/90+ days in a treatment setting, or got sober through meetings, recovery is hard work. You’re changing your behaviors, thoughts, and perspective on things. Maybe you’re meeting with a sponsor weekly, maybe attending…

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Creating a Life in Recovery

I read a blog a couple of years ago and two lines have stuck with me throughout: “You don't recover from an addiction by stopping using. You recover by creating a new life where it is easier to not use.…

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Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome Timeline

As touched on briefly in the blog “The Bipolar/Substance Abuse Issue,” Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) is something to be aware of, particularly in early recovery. Terrence Gorski has a great website and lots of research dedicated to this topic (https://terrygorski.com/).…

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The Disease Model: How Addiction is Defined in America

In 2011, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) released a new definition of addiction: "Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one's behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and…

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