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How Art Can Help in Addiction Recovery

How Art Can Help in Addiction Recovery

Addiction is a deeply personal experience. During your recovery, you may find it difficult to communicate your story or verbalize how you feel. Unfortunately, many addiction programs focus on talking about what you’ve been through. When the words don’t come easily, art therapy for substance abuse can help bridge the gap between you and others, giving…

Specialized Treatment for Athletes

Specialized Treatment for Athletes: Why It’s Necessary

Becoming an athlete takes years of training, practice and endurance combined with a healthy lifestyle and innate talent. Professional sports players are some of the most popular celebrities. But there’s a dark side to the lifestyle of being a star athlete — substance abuse. Many of today’s top athletes have struggled with addiction to drugs or…

Science of Addiction

Most people don’t truly understand addiction. They see an unhealthy dependence on drugs or alcohol, and mistakenly think addicted individuals lack willpower or have some kind of moral failing. Most don’t understand why an addict can’t just stop using. The truth is addiction is a complex brain disease. This means quitting takes more than just…

Exercises to help addiction recovery

5 Benefits of Physical Activity in Recovery

Various experts assert that exercise should be a part of substance use treatment. While physical exercise cannot be the only treatment for substance use disorders, when it’s combined with other forms of treatment including medication-assisted treatment, recovery is more effective. Here are some of the benefits of exercise in addiction recovery. 1. Reduces Craving for…

best gifts for someone in recovery

Best Gifts for Someone in Recovery

Deciding on the best gifts for recovering alcoholics or drug addicts isn’t always an easy task. You can’t simply ask what they want because their choice may not be beneficial to their recovery. First, give gifts other than alcohol or cash, as giving money or anything related to drugs won’t be in their best interest. The…

Social Drinking vs. Problem Drinking: What’s the Difference?

Social drinking is a huge part of our culture. Alcohol is available everywhere, from bars and restaurants to people’s homes. It’s a popular way to socialize, relax and even celebrate special occasions. Occasional drinking or even drinking alcohol a few times a week is considered normal and harmless. This ingrained cultural attitude remains mostly unchallenged…