You Deserve Freedom

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Rob Cline
closeup of large plastic looking bright orange number four on an unfinished wooden table - emotions
Emotions have a way of sneaking up on a person. One moment, you are feeling perfectly fine, but then a stray memory makes you feel sad. Or you are working steadily on a project, but then a series of small setbacks add up to mounting feelings of frustration. Or you are feeling down in the...
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young couple sitting on couch at home - man is sad and anxious, while woman is consoling him and very concerned about him - your loved one
How Can You Help Your Loved One? When someone in your life is struggling with drugs or alcohol, it is only natural to want to help. It is also natural to wonder just how you can help. After all, a person with a substance use disorder is often unpredictable, unwilling to listen, and unable to...
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closeup of tray of colorful coffee pods - therapeutic
In the first entry in this miniseries about the different kinds of therapy, we explored cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and family systems therapy. Finding the Right Therapeutic Approach Our point, as you may recall, is that “therapy” is a generic word that can be applied to quite a...
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round white tablets on blueish background - codeine
Codeine Misuse Can Lead to Bigger Problems When you think about the opioid epidemic in the United States, the odds are pretty good that codeine does not immediately jump to mind. Instead, you may think of codeine as a mild cough suppressant and source of pain relief. That is entirely understandable. Codeine has been around...
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point of view of someone pushing a shopping cart through the grocery store - varieties of therapy
Variety Packs You are probably familiar with variety packs. You find them in the grocery store, and they tend to have small individually packaged portions of something. Ten little cereal boxes with two boxes of five different kinds of cereal, for example. Or a big bag of candy that has mini versions of several of...
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empty chairs setup in a circle - smart recovery
“Top Five Answers Are on the Board” If you found yourself on a quiz show and the topic was “names of substance use disorder recovery programs” (we admit this would be an odd category), how many could you name? There’s an excellent chance you could name one—and a pretty good chance you could name two....
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pretty woman in a sweater looking worried sitting on steps - benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepine Addiction There are so many different stressors in our lives. So many, in fact, that it might seem impossible to even begin to list them. But here’s a stab at such a list—woefully incomplete though it is: We have stress in our family lives. Our partners, kids, parents, in-laws, and on and on are...
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young woman covered in paint, smiling and showing her hands to the camera - experiential art therapy
There is a famous moment in William Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy Hamlet, Prince of Denmark in which Hamlet asks a group of actors to put on a play that bears a strong resemblance to some misdeeds he believes his uncle and mother have committed. The goal, as Hamlet puts it, is to “catch the conscience...
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two Caucasian young men playing a game of pick up basketball outside - exercise routine
It Is Easy to Make Exercise Excuses Sometimes it can seem as if there are only two levels of exercise: intense and none. And let’s face it, given those choices, a whole lot of us are going to go with the second option. Of course, we all know that it is a good idea to...
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tired or stressed man at a casino - substitute addiction
You have regained your sobriety and started your recovery journey. You have established some good routines—going to recovery meetings, keeping a gratitude journal, getting outside to enjoy the fresh air and beauty to be found in the natural world—and you are feeling pretty good about your ability to manage cravings and maintain your sobriety over...
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