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Recognizing Signs of Anxiety

Anxiety is a common co-occurring disorder found in individuals with a substance use disorder. The physical signs of addiction often mask signs of anxiety or other mental issues driving a person to continue using drugs or alcohol. It is important that people receiving help for addiction also receive treatment for underlying mental disorders. What is…

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Helpful Stress Management Techniques

Stress often plays a key role in causing individuals to turn to drugs and alcohol. They need something to help them deal with overwhelming situations. Many people with addiction problems lack the necessary coping skills needed to navigate daily life. Learning different stress management techniques while in recovery can help you when you leave the…

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Sober Activities for Those in Recovery

Living Free of Substance Abuse Many adjusting to a new lifestyle in recovery wonder how they will ever have fun without drugs and alcohol. Addiction once wound itself so deeply into so many social situations. Now, enjoying life sober can seem like a foreign concept. It can be difficult to remember a time when going…

Man wonders to himself Am I an Alcoholic?

Am I An Alcoholic?

You’re wondering if you struggle with a drinking problem. When you compare yourself to your friends, you feel fine. But when you’re alone, you wonder, “Am I an alcoholic?” Here’s how you can find out. Am I an Alcoholic When I Hide What I Drink? Everyone knows the parent at the soccer game whose water…

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Am I an Alcoholic: How Can You Tell?

“Am I an alcoholic?” It’s an important question to ask because alcohol use puts you at risk in many ways. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that on average more than 22,000 people die each year from alcoholic liver diseases. Another almost 40,000 die of alcohol-induced deaths, not counting accidents. Those numbers should…

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CBT vs DBT: What You Need to Know

CBT vs. DBT, what’s the difference? These abbreviations are standard in addiction treatment but may be difficult to understand, especially for family members such as parents. They may not have much experience with substance use disorder, so they are not familiar with the terminology. CBT and DBT are two treatments that you will likely see…

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How to Manage a Sober New Year’s

‘Tis the season for celebrating and for some that will mean a sober New Year’s. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the number of people that die in alcohol-related car crashes rises exponentially with each New Year’s celebration. During the holiday season, 40 percent of deadly crashes involve drunk drivers. In addition, AAA…