Speaking up to Break the Stigma of Addiction and Mental Health

Speaking up to Break the Stigma of Addiction and Mental Health

Although mental health and addiction are a popular topic of public conversation today, there are still many people who treat those who suffer from these conditions differently. Despite the fact that addiction is accepted as a disease by the medical community, much of society still rejects this idea. Instead, many view addiction as a choice. After all, I chose to say yes when I was offered heroin for the first time, and I chose to do it a second time, right?
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9 Things to Do Instead of Drinking When Times Get Tough

9 Things to Do Instead of Drinking When Times Get Tough

In the United States, about 15 million people struggle with alcoholism. You may feel like you're alone in your recovery journey, but you're not. Healthy habits are key to your recovery. Read on for nine things to do instead of drinking when things get difficult in your life.
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Finding Peace: 5 Benefits of Using Meditation During Addiction Recovery

Finding Peace: 5 Benefits of Using Meditation During Addiction Recovery

One of the major aspects of having a successful recovery is learning how to properly manage stress. In the past, during stressful moments you may have turned towards substances to try to escape these overwhelming feelings, which of course wasn’t a permanent solution. As you learned that substance abuse only leads to self-destructive behavior and short term relief you made the first step of deciding to walk down the path to sobriety.
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Good Mental Health Tips and Tricks While Maintaining Sobriety

Good Mental Health Tips and Tricks While Maintaining Sobriety

Are you able to maintain good mental health while staying sober? It can be challenging and the threats of depression and anxiety are real and persistent. What tips and tricks can you use help? How can you fight back and fight for positive mental health? If you or a loved one is looking for a guide on how to maintain good mental health while maintaining your sobriety, this read is for you.
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The Many Mental Health Benefits of Not Drinking Alcohol

The Many Mental Health Benefits of Not Drinking Alcohol

One thing is certain; alcohol abuse is associated with mental health issues. But there is hope! By abstaining, your brain has a chance to heal and renew. Curious about the positive changes to your mental health once you quit drinking? Keep reading to discover many of the benefits of not drinking alcohol.
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How Group Support Systems Help Maintain Sobriety

How Group Support Systems Help Maintain Sobriety

While in treatment, people in recovery from addiction often have several support systems to help maintain sobriety. Once someone has completed a treatment program and returns to “the real world,” it can be challenging to receive the same level of support. Life in recovery can sometimes be isolating or lonely, but it doesn’t have to be.
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10 Group Activities For Recovering Addicts

10 Group Activities For Recovering Addicts

Part of the process is trying to resist cravings while finding other habits to occupy your mind and time with. For example, you should let yourself inspired by the following sober group activities and try them with your friends.
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Alcohol and Mental Health: 4 Co-Occurring Disorders You May Encounter

Alcohol and Mental Health: 4 Co-Occurring Disorders You May Encounter

Alcohol and Mental Health: 4 Co-Occurring Disorders You May Encounter

4 Co-Occurring Disorders You May Encounter

Dealing with alcoholism is already tough as it is, but it becomes a whole different game when co-occurring disorders become involved. Here are 4 co-occurring disorders you or a loved one may encounter on their road to recovery.

Alcohol addiction often accompanies additional underlying mental and anxiety disorders or co-occurring disorders.

A 1990 survey reported 53% of people with substance addiction had a co-occurring disorder.

It's not uncommon to seek treatment for alcohol and mental health simultaneously.

However, co-occurring disorders often go undiagnosed and so can be difficult to manage.

Alcohol and mental health affect each other, as many people with undiagnosed disorders self-medicate with alcohol and other substances to manage their symptoms.

Here's how to tell if you or a loved one has a co-occurring disorder and how to get help.

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