Avoiding Holiday Relapses while in Recovery

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Avoiding Holiday Relapses while in Recovery The holidays are upon us and going through recovery during this time of the year can be rough. Cocktail parties and holiday celebrations involving other drinks can be difficult to navigate while in recovery. Although the holidays are a fun time of year, many individuals experience stress and turn to their drink or drug of choice to cope. Family time is often a trigger of stress as well and everyone knows that the holidays include more time with family. On the flip side,...

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Father Speaks Up about Daughter’s Fatal Heroin Overdose

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Father Speaks Up about Daughter’s Fatal Heroin Overdose A recent article posted by Fox13 Salt Lake City discussed how one father’s honest obituary concerning his daughter’s heroin overdose has prompted other parents of addicted children to continue to be “as supportive as possible” in helping recovery happen. Tom Parks, of Manchester, New Hampshire, candidly wrote on Facebook about his daughter’s fight against her heroin addiction. He said, “I’m not looking for sympathy but I want people to know...

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Kids and recovery

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Kids and recovery Kids have a unique way of sensing when something is not right. Most can feel others emotions and even gear their own emotions around what those nearby them are feeling – especially their parents. Some parents in recovery feel it is best to hide their recovery from their kids. Parents don’t want to cause their children to worry or be anxious about “adult problems.” But, hiding emotions from kids can cause confusion since kids will still pick up on emotions and moods during recovery. It is...

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The Power of Music in Recovery

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The Power of Music in Recovery Often, during recovery, patients are taught to take up a new hobby to fill their time and keep them focused on a path of success. Recovering addicts may need to fill their previous habits with new ones, and hobbies can do that. Some begin to write in their journals, some exercise more, some people paint or draw, and others find numerous ways to enjoy the outdoors. Another such hobby, that is proving to be successful among many in recovery, is playing or listening to music. Some...

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Loving your Spouse through Recovery

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Loving your Spouse through Recovery One of the lowest points in a marriage may come when a spouse is battling an addiction of any kind. Challenges arise throughout the process of addiction recovery, from the feelings of hopelessness of a spouse while their partner is actively involved in their addiction, to the optimism (as well as anger) that can arise when a spouse begins recovery. With the persistent threat of relapse lingering, the emotional roller coaster in marriage during recovery can continue for many...

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Tough Love and Recovery

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Tough Love and Recovery Usually when people love each other it means that they show affection and are really nice to each other – but there are times when this is not the case. Sometimes loving someone can mean treating that person in a harsh or stern manner to help that person change in a positive way. This version of love is often referred to as “tough love.” When it comes to recovery from drug or alcohol addictions, tough love may be necessary to help those loved ones out of cycles of abuse and addiction....

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