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Everything You Need to Know About Substance Use Detox

Everything You Need to Know About Substance Use Detox

Substance use detoxification, commonly referred to as detox, is a crucial first step in the journey toward recovery from addiction. It involves the process of clearing toxins from the body, managing withdrawal symptoms, and preparing individuals for further treatment....

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10 Loving Ways to Support Someone in Addiction Recovery

10 Loving Ways to Support Someone in Addiction Recovery

Supporting someone in addiction recovery is a profound act of love and compassion. The journey to recovery is often fraught with challenges, and having a supportive network can make a significant difference in an individual's ability to achieve and maintain sobriety....

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February: The Perfect Month to Seek Treatment for Addiction

February: The Perfect Month to Seek Treatment for Addiction

February is often associated with Valentine's Day, the Waste Management Open, Barrett Jackson, and the Super Bowl, but it's also an ideal month to take a significant step towards a healthier and happier life by seeking treatment for addiction. While the decision to...

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Valentine’s Day: Celebrating Love and Sobriety

Valentine’s Day: Celebrating Love and Sobriety

Valentine's Day is a time when love is in the air, and people express their affection for one another through gifts, romantic gestures, and heartfelt words. For many, it's a day filled with joy and connection. But what if you're an ex-addict in recovery? How do you...

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Top Self-Help, Addiction, and Sobriety Books for 2024

Top Self-Help, Addiction, and Sobriety Books for 2024

Books have always been a source of wisdom, comfort, and inspiration for individuals seeking personal growth and recovery. As we usher in 2024, there is a wealth of new publications in the realms of self-help, addiction, and sobriety, each offering unique perspectives...

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Dry January: A Launchpad to a Lifelong Sober Journey

Dry January: A Launchpad to a Lifelong Sober Journey

For many people, January marks a fresh start, a time to leave behind the excesses of the holiday season and embrace healthier habits. It's also the perfect opportunity to undertake Dry January, a month-long commitment to abstain from alcohol. Beyond being a trendy...

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Your Sobriety Story, Their Beacon: Heal by Helping Others

Your Sobriety Story, Their Beacon: Heal by Helping Others

In the landscape of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, a profound transformation occurs when one turns the focus outward, engaging in acts of service and fostering a culture of recovery. This altruistic shift is not merely a noble endeavor; it's a therapeutic...

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Inspire and Empower: Sharing Your Sobriety Success Story

Inspire and Empower: Sharing Your Sobriety Success Story

Embarking on the road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is a profound journey, often marked by personal struggle, resilience, and transformation. It's a path that can lead not only to personal liberation but also to the empowerment of others. For recovering...

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Holiday Blues: Depression and Anxiety Around the Holidays

Holiday Blues: Depression and Anxiety Around the Holidays

The holiday season, portrayed in vibrant colors and joyful tunes, is often associated with happiness, togetherness, and celebration. Yet, beneath the surface of festive decor and holiday cheer, many individuals face a starkly different reality. The holidays, for...

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Top Reasons Holidays Are the Best Time for Rehab

Top Reasons Holidays Are the Best Time for Rehab

The holiday season, with its festive spirit and family gatherings, might seem like the least opportune time to consider entering a rehabilitation program for substance abuse or addiction. Yet, counterintuitive as it may sound, this period could be the most beneficial...

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Harnessing Breath for Stress Relief and Relapse Prevention

Harnessing Breath for Stress Relief and Relapse Prevention

In the journey of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, one of the most powerful yet often underestimated tools lies within us – our breath. Breathing is not just a basic bodily function; it's a profound mechanism that, when harnessed correctly, can alleviate...

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Ego in Addiction Recovery

Ego in Addiction Recovery

Recovering from drug addiction is not easy. People who don’t go through it themselves often wonder why addicts find it so difficult to control their urge and impulse to use drugs. For an outsider, walking away from an addiction and choosing to follow a more straight...

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Celebrities Who Have Struggled With Addiction

Celebrities Who Have Struggled With Addiction

Addiction, no matter what the addiction is to, is a powerful thing. It can take hold of your life and consume it in an instant. No one wakes up and says “today I will be an addict.” That’s because addictions make everything else in life seem trivial. Many things take...

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National Prevention Week – May 7–13, 2023

National Prevention Week – May 7–13, 2023

It’s almost time to celebrate all the prevention initiatives that take place all year long, each and every day, and the possibilities they open up with National Prevention Week! Created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to help...

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Pros and Cons of weight-loss drugs Wegovy and Ozempic

Pros and Cons of weight-loss drugs Wegovy and Ozempic

Wegovy and Ozempic are medications used to treat obesity and type 2 diabetes, respectively. They are both in the class of drugs known as GLP-1 receptor agonists, which work by stimulating the release of insulin and reducing appetite. Neither Wegovy nor Ozempic are...

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Tianeptine Addiction: The Dangers of Gas Station Heroin

Tianeptine Addiction: The Dangers of Gas Station Heroin

A drug called tianeptine has gained popularity in some parts of the United States recently being called, "gas station heroin." Tianeptine is an antidepressant medication used in some parts of Europe and Latin America where it is regulated. However, it is not approved...

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Sex Addiction: The Struggle is Real

Sex Addiction: The Struggle is Real

Sex addiction, also known as compulsive sexual behavior or hypersexual disorder, is an obsessive relationship to sexual thoughts, urges, or behaviors that an individual is unable to control, and that negatively affect their health, job, relationships, and other parts...

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The Role of Ego in Addiction & How Ego Drives Addiction

The Role of Ego in Addiction & How Ego Drives Addiction

Ego. We hear the world thrown around all the time but what is it really? Ego is a psychology term that is used to reference identity or the conscious sense of oneself. It helps us differentiate ourselves as unique beings and individuals with our own lives made up of...

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Sober New Years Guide 2023

Sober New Years Guide 2023

We are about to put a wrap on 2022 and welcome a New Year! If only challenges could stay behind us as we step into 2023 … With so many people making new year's resolutions to get sober or stay sober, New Year's champagne flowing and parties popping off can present a...

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Herbs for Treatment of Depression

Herbs for Treatment of Depression

Herbs for Depression and Techniques That Help Depression Feeling tired, like you don’t want to get out of bed in the morning almost like you are shutting down in a sense? … You are not alone. Depression among other mood disorders are affecting millions of people...

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St. Patty’s 2022 Shenanigans

St. Patty’s 2022 Shenanigans

St. Patrick’s Day is here and for many it marks a day of celebration with all sorts of green alcohol flowing. Like most holidays, this may be problematic for those of us trying to  stay in the sober lane! Here are a few tips to help you get through the day (and night)...

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VALENTINES DAY: Codependency & Addiction 

VALENTINES DAY: Codependency & Addiction 

Whether you are single or in a relationship this Valentine’s Day, being informed about codependent relationships is a must! Codependent relationships are dysfunctional. Typically one person  acts as a caretaker, while the other person takes advantage. A partner can...

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Tips for Dating in Recovery

Tips for Dating in Recovery

The thought of dating can be an exciting idea, but if you are in recovery, this could be fun or terrifying. However, since meeting someone or liking someone is something you cannot avoid, it is best to realize that just because you are in recovery, it doesn’t mean...

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Staying Sober in College

Staying Sober in College

It’s no secret that college is where the life of the party is at. Day drinking, college sports games, frat/sorority parties, etc. are all huge staples in the college experience, but do they have to be? People like to normalize the binge drinking that happens in...

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How To Maintain Long-term Sobriety

How To Maintain Long-term Sobriety

It isn't easy to achieve long-term sobriety or give up on your addictive behavior. And once you do, it is equally challenging to be strong enough to retain it forever. Sometimes, life can throw in situations lucrative enough to break your sobriety, flipping you in a...

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How To Avoid Situations That Might Compromise Your Sobriety

How To Avoid Situations That Might Compromise Your Sobriety

Sobriety is a lifelong struggle for most, and it requires a lot of strength to avoid relapse. One thing you can do to prevent relapse is to identify situations in your life that might compromise your sobriety, and then figure out what you can do to avoid relapse in...

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Dealing With Coronavirus-Related Anxiety

Dealing With Coronavirus-Related Anxiety

The outbreak of Coronavirus has caused a lot of fear, panic, and insecurity all over the world. Because of this pandemic, most of the world has been mandated to quarantine themselves inside their homes. The isolation coupled with the unsure future of the world and its...

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How To Live a Successful Sober Life

How To Live a Successful Sober Life

So, you have completed your treatment program! You probably feel better than you have for as long as you can remember. You feel excited to finally begin your new life in sobriety. But this may also stir up feelings of nervousness and anxiety. You may be wondering...

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Stress/Anxiety: The Recovery Killer

Stress/Anxiety: The Recovery Killer

Addiction recovery is an extremely sensitive process; progress can be undone in a matter of minutes. If a person relapses, they can feel like all the work they’ve put into their recovery has been foiled. Though this isn’t true, it’s understandable that recovering...

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Areas of Life That Benefit from Sobriety

Areas of Life That Benefit from Sobriety

Sobriety transforms everything in a person's life. We learn over and over that this kind of life is the greatest life we could ever live. Nonetheless, this life is not always appealing to people that are stuck in addiction. The sober life may sound frightening,...

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What Withdrawal Looks Like

What Withdrawal Looks Like

An individual who becomes dependent on a drug or alcohol may experience withdrawal syndromes. It may also result in relapse if not addressed properly and immediately. As a person continues to abuse any substance and then reduce its consumption immediately, it can...

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Importance of TeleMedicine

Importance of TeleMedicine

In this day-and-age, it can be borderline irritating to have to sit down, call your doctor’s office and schedule an appointment to be seen. Even with great insurance, it can be difficult to see your doctor right away. Not to mention getting prescriptions can be even...

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Dating Tips During Recovery

Dating Tips During Recovery

Your journey into recovery is a very sensitive process. To ensure long-term sobriety, you have to go through medical detox, possibly attend a rehabilitation center, and regularly attend therapy sessions. Medical detox is done so your body can be cleansed of the toxins...

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Timeline of Addiction Recovery

Timeline of Addiction Recovery

Addiction is one of the most serious problems we face in society; it ruins the ability for a person to live normally. It is right and rational to seek help from medical professionals in overcoming it. There are a lot of things that will hinder a person to achieve an...

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Finding Purpose in Addiction: Testimonial

Finding Purpose in Addiction: Testimonial

Guest Blog by Nathaniel, an SRC® Humanitarian Scholarship Recipient  Finding purpose in a world where nothing is inherently meaningful and the truth seems to have little value is difficult in the best of times. But finding purpose all alone while coping with trauma or...

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Importance of Legal Care During Rehab

Importance of Legal Care During Rehab

Everyone knows that the road to sobriety is a difficult one. Without having lived through it, however, it can be difficult to fully appreciate the trouble that addiction can cause. Legal entanglements are part of most everyone’s experience with long-term addiction....

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Celebrity Soberversaries (Sober Anniversaries)

Celebrity Soberversaries (Sober Anniversaries)

The same way we celebrate accomplishments, we should celebrate sober anniversaries or soberversaries. Celebrating important milestones in life makes us feel recognized, accomplished, and appreciated, giving all the more reason to celebrate sober birthdays: not only do...

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Relapses Can be Hard to Comprehend for Some

Relapses Can be Hard to Comprehend for Some

Relapses are common with more than 40% of addicted individuals who are in recovery. This can occur for many different reasons, including injury, the death of a loved one, loss of a job or even depression. When someone relapses, it’s often difficult for others to...

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Avoiding a Drug Addiction After an Injury

Avoiding a Drug Addiction After an Injury

Being in an accident or having major surgery done can leave you in a lot of pain. There are many people who end up becoming addicted to prescription pain medications after an injury because they don’t take them as prescribed. It’s important to take the necessary steps...

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Retired Athletes and Substance Abuse

Retired Athletes and Substance Abuse

Retired athletes are especially susceptible to substance abuse. If you’re a current or former athlete, you know how much the love of the game can consume your life. This increases tenfold for serious and professional athletes who train almost daily. It can become...

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Substance Abuse and Addiction in the Elderly

Substance Abuse and Addiction in the Elderly

Unfortunately, the elderly are one of the most neglected population. Aging can be tough on not only the person who is getting older, but their families as well. Older people can suffer from not only declining physical health, but poor mental health as well as the...

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Celebrity Rehab Therapy

Celebrity Rehab Therapy

It seems these days like there’s a different celebrity announcing that they are going to rehab. Or, if they’re anything like Amy Winehouse, perhaps writing a song about how they aren’t going to rehab (no, no, no!). While it may seem to be all fun and games to joke...

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How to Move on After a Relapse

How to Move on After a Relapse

Getting clean and sober after years of drug addiction can seem like the highlight of someone’s life. The downfall to recovery is that there are some people who start to feel as though they are invincible to the drugs and assume that there is no way they will ever...

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The Power of Journaling During Recovery

The Power of Journaling During Recovery

Addiction is a very individual disease and different people have different methods of coping. Some people choose to relieve stress and emotion through art, others prefer therapy, and some take advantage of a very powerful tool known as journaling. Journaling differs...

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Why Enabling Does More Harm Than Good

Why Enabling Does More Harm Than Good

Battling a drug addiction is never easy to do, but when friends and family accept the addiction, it can make beating the addiction even more difficult. Roughly 22 million people suffered from an addiction to drugs and alcohol in 2005 in America and the numbers have...

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Keep Your Job While in Treatment – Use FMLA

Keep Your Job While in Treatment – Use FMLA

There are many people in active addiction who are able to hold down a good job, even though they are addicted to drugs. There often reaches a point when addicts realize that they can’t keep juggling their responsibilities and their addiction. When this happens, many...

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Hole Digging

Hole Digging

When I first got sober, almost twelve years ago, I was told at AA that I had to find a sponsor. This was not negotiable. I was in a tender state of mind. Barely able to speak at AA meetings - let alone stop crying long enough to do so. I felt overwhelmed and...

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Relapse Rates and the Importance of Rehab

Relapse Rates and the Importance of Rehab

There is no way around the simple truth that, nationally, most people who enter rehab will not remain sober, assuming that they’re able to complete their treatment programs. While this may be seen as a deterrent to some people living with addiction, there are still...

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Top Four Benefits of Guided Meditation in Recovery

Top Four Benefits of Guided Meditation in Recovery

In the present age, drug rehabilitation and the sobriety process are no longer confined to the conventional techniques of medication and traditional therapies. There are many new approaches that are getting integrated into the process, making it more effective and...

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Stress Management Tips for Recovering Addicts

Stress Management Tips for Recovering Addicts

Due to our fast-paced lives, most of us hardly ever get time to relax and take a moment for ourselves. Did you know that the stress of your daily routine can build up and take a toll on your health? According to the World Health Organization, stress is a major problem...

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Are You in the Pink Cloud?

Are You in the Pink Cloud?

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, the pink cloud refers to a phenomenon commonly experienced by people in the early stages of recovery. The term describes a euphoric feeling on the journey to recovery, when the person experiences a high not caused by the drug they...

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Great Tips for Staying Sober

Great Tips for Staying Sober

For many people, staying sober is harder than beating drug and alcohol addiction in the first place. Enjoying your sobriety is essential to staying sober. The great news is that anyone can choose to enjoy their sobriety, and make it a safe, fun experience. When you...

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What to Do When You Need A Fix

What to Do When You Need A Fix

The meat and bread of addiction is the urge to use drugs or alcohol. Unless you have endured the trauma and difficulty of quitting drugs or alcohol, it is impossible to fully understand the power of the cravings for drugs. Rehabilitation clinics, like Scottsdale...

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Eating Disorder Recovery

Eating Disorder Recovery

Overcoming any sort of disorder is hard. The road to recovery can be a long, challenging and nerve-wracking one. An eating disorder may sound easy-to-overcome, but it is far from that. It is equally severe and takes substantial time, effort and care to beat. Eating...

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Avoiding Alcohol During the Holidays

Avoiding Alcohol During the Holidays

If you are wondering how to stay sober during the holidays, you are not alone. Every year, a lot of people go through the same ordeal during the holiday season. Sure, with all the celebration and parties going around, it is hard to stay away from the booze. But at the...

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What to Do and What to Avoid During Addiction Treatment

What to Do and What to Avoid During Addiction Treatment

The addiction recovery process is full of misconceptions. These misconceptions often lead drug addicts to develop a certain outlook on whether drug rehab treatment would even be effective for them. Education is the first step toward debunking myths, and people need to...

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The Great Pretender

The Great Pretender

A suburban mother’s journey through trauma, addiction, and recovery “And all the while I feel like I'm standing in the middle of a crowded room, screaming at the top of my lungs, and no one even looks up.” I remember watching Titanic as a kid, empathizing with Rose...

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For the Blue: Substance Abuse Recovery For Law Enforcement

For the Blue: Substance Abuse Recovery For Law Enforcement

There isn't a profession in the country that's deserving of more respect than the one undertaken by law enforcement officers on a daily basis. Week after week, day after day, hour after hour, they put their lives on the line in order to keep the health and property of...

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Managing Triggers During and After Drug Abuse Treatment

Managing Triggers During and After Drug Abuse Treatment

A common misconception held among people with drug abuse problems is that they will undergo drug rehab and attain sobriety for life. The truth of the matter is that the success rate of those that have undergone treatment is as low as 5 to 10%. The reason for this lies...

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Building Healthy Relationships: Life after Recovery

Building Healthy Relationships: Life after Recovery

One of the biggest challenges many recovering addicts face is trying to rebuild relationships with the people closest to them. At Scottsdale Recovery Center, we encourage our clients and their families to enroll in our family guidance and counseling program. The...

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