Category: Lifestyle

Articles about how lifestyles and lifestyle changes can shape your recovery.

Breaking the Cycle: Overcoming the Worst Relapse Triggers

There is always a risk of relapse after alcohol or drug addiction treatment. According to NIDA, about 40 to 60% of people relapse within the first year of recovery. That's because substance use alters the structure and function of the brain, and these effects persist well beyond when sobriety is first obtained. But the good […]

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The Mind Body Connection: Using Fitness for a Sober Lifestyle

The mind-body connection is like a two-way street between your brain and body. Your emotions, thoughts, and behavior can affect your physical well-being and vice versa. For example, when you are anxious or stressed, you're likely to turn to drugs and alcohol to feel good. But in the long run, substance abuse can cause a spectrum of short- and long-term health issues. […]

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How Pain Management Can Lead to Opioid Addiction

Pain management is one of the most significant healthcare crises in the US, with nearly 50% of Americans visiting physicians with a primary complaint of pain each year. It can be acute and short-lived or chronic when it lasts for months or years. Pain can affect a person's quality of life and make it hard to work.   […]

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Stress, Burnout, and the Path to Substance Abuse

Stress is a normal part of life and can serve a useful purpose. It can motivate you to run the last mile of a marathon or get that promotion at work. But if you don’t get a hold of your level of stress and it becomes long-term, it can seriously affect your family life, job, […]

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Digital Detox: Combating the Addictive Nature of Screen Time

At present, there are 5.3 billion internet users and 5.25 billion smartphone owners worldwide. These are just two examples of the widespread adoption of digital technology, which has become an integral part of our daily lives. While the internet and smartphones have brought about many benefits, they also have a dark side: digital dependency. Technology is well-integrated into modern […]

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The Role of Sleep in Healing from Substance Abuse

Decades of studies have confirmed that sleep is necessary for healthy functioning and even survival. It helps us think clearly, be alert, and sustain attention. It also helps us consolidate memories, regulate emotions, and improve overall health. However, substances like drugs and alcohol have disruptive effects on the natural sleep cycle. They make it hard […]

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The Rising Concern of Microtransaction Addiction in Modern Gaming

The modern gaming industry has gone through a dramatic transformation over the past few decades, evolving from a niche hobby into an entertainment juggernaut. With the advent of powerful gaming consoles, PC gaming, and the proliferation of smartphones, gaming has become an integral part of global culture. Video games today are not just about entertainment; […]

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Harnessing the Power of Mindfulness in Addiction Recovery

Addiction thrives in the shadows of unconscious behaviors and automatic responses. Mindfulness exposes these patterns, allowing you to better understand your cravings, triggers, and emotional undercurrents that drive addictive behaviors. That’s why mindfulness is considered critical in addiction recovery. This article explores the profound impact of mindfulness on addiction recovery and how you can harness […]

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The Road to Recovery: Everyday Habits to Stay on Track

Research shows that about 40-60% of people relapse within 30 days of completing a rehab program, and up to 85% relapse within the first year. These statistics highlight the challenging nature of addiction recovery. But the good news is that relapse is a normal part of the recovery process, and there are several effective things […]

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Dethroning the Dragon: Changing our Relationship with Addiction

Many people perceive addiction as a mere habit or choice. They mistakenly think that those who abuse substances lack willpower or moral principles. This misunderstanding often leads to blame and stigma, reinforcing the idea that those struggling with addiction lack the strength to control their actions.  However, addiction is far from a simple matter of […]

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