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Resources for Family
Hobbies, Recreational therapy
Whether You’re Talking Social Prescribing, Recreational Therapy, or Having a Hobby, Activity Can Help An article in The Guardian, a British news publication, caught our eye recently. Under the headline and subhead “Young people to be prescribed surfing and dancing by NHS to help anxiety: Study to assess if ‘social prescribing’ such as surfing or...
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adverse childhood experience
Some Kids are Dealt a Bad Hand—and the ACEs can Lead to Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders Do you like to play cards? No matter what your favorite might be—poker, cribbage, bridge, spades, go fish, kings in the corner, solitaire, or what have you—it is generally the case that the four aces are an...
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Recovery support
Struggling with a substance use disorder can feel quite lonely. As your drug or alcohol use continues and worsens, you may well find yourself cut off from more and more people.  That might be because you are trying to hide your problem from others. It might be because your drug or alcohol use has led...
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Parent reading to child - books on addiction
When you are struggling with drugs or alcohol, you are not the only person who is affected by your situation. The list of those who might be impacted by your substance use disorder is potentially long, but in this blog entry, we want to focus on a specific kind of person: the children in your...
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swimming - mindfulness - drug treatment - addiction - rehab - therapy - mental health
There is a reasonable chance that when you hear someone mention mindfulness, you imagine a person sitting quietly with their eyes closed while they breathe in and out and don’t seem to do much else. And it is certainly the case that mindfulness practice often can be fairly described in those terms. The heart of...
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collegiate recovery program addiction recovery, Full Continuum of Care, plan, sober, treatment, therapy, rehab, to do
Aside from getting sober, imagine you have decided you would like to write a novel. For our purposes here, let’s say you have decided to pen a mystery novel—a murder, a private detective, a twisty plot, an exciting climax, and justice served in the end. Now imagine that today is the day you have decided...
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friend, asking questions, nosy, support, help, treatment
It perhaps goes without saying that humans tend to be pretty curious. In many ways, that is a wonderful thing. If we were not driven to discover new things, we probably would be living very different lives. Curiosity, after all, leads to innovation and invention, and those things move us all forward in many different...
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sleep, rest, sleeping, good sleep, better sleep, rehab, recovery
The folks who make and sell mattresses invest a lot of money into letting us know that their products will transform the quality of our sleep. Maybe you can adjust the firmness of the mattress—and even have separate settings for each sleeper. Maybe you can press a button to raise your head or your feet...
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budgeting, budget, fast food, mcdonalds, drink
Budgeting goes way back. When you think of Popeye the Sailor Man—and surely you do—you most likely think of spinach. You know his old line: I’m strong to the finish ’cause I eats me spinach. But spinach is not the only food on offer in the Popeye cartoons. Indeed, a fellow named Wimpy is frequently...
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woman, gardening, green, plants, growing, rehab, recovery, sober
An addiction to gardening is not all bad when you consider all the other choices in life. That quote, attributed around the internet to either Cora Lea Bell or Cora Lee Bell, might just resonate with you if you are a person in recovery from a substance use disorder. While we never make light of...
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