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Do You Have an Exit Plan for After Treatment?

Receiving treatment for medical issues is only the first step of a complete recovery plan. Whether the issue is cancer, a heart attack, mental health, or substance abuse, initial treatment is intended to halt the symptoms so recovery can begin. All recovery requires an exit plan, sometimes called discharge planning, and should begin as early […]


What is the Difference Between IOP and PHP Outpatient Programs?

An estimated 24 million people suffer from addiction or dependency to drugs and alcohol in the United States. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that only 11 percent – 2.6 million – receive the treatment they need. Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) are two options for people […]


Curbing Cravings the Healthy Way

How to Kick Your Cravings to the Curb There are a variety of stages and phases of sobriety, each bringing their own challenges to the process. One of the most difficult parts of sobriety tends to be cravings. Cravings are overwhelming desires for something, sometimes anything. In early sobriety, cravings can be even harder to […]


Avoiding Romantic Relationships in Early Recovery

The road to recovery is one that requires focus, time, and determination. During this journey of re-discovery, a person must be in the right mindset in order to yield successful results. Despite popular beliefs, jumping into a romantic relationship in the early stages of recover might not be a healthy decision. Many individuals on the […]


The Importance of Staying Medication Compliant After Rehab

Any form of rehabilitation is difficult if the patient doesn’t cooperate with their physician and the prescribed procedures for recovery. This is particularly true for any type of drug or alcohol rehabilitation, where patient cooperation and participation is a critical factor in successful recovery. The relapse rate for drug use after rehabilitation is between 40% […]


No U-Turns? Why Relapse Isn’t Failure

Though there’s been quite a bit of discussion about the issue, let’s take a moment and review the facts about addiction. Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease. Substance abuse actually alters the chemical structure of the brain. The result can be long term changes, resulting in self-destructive behavior even after an individual […]


5 Tips for Avoiding Summer Relapse Urges

Living a happy, healthy and sober lifestyle comes with its own unique set of challenges, especially for those new to recovery. Developing coping mechanisms to avoid relapse urges such as triggers and cravings, is a must for anyone dealing with dependency issues. Triggers can be anything that remind someone in recovery of their past substance […]


42 Recovery Slogans Assembled Into a Word Collage

“Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more,” wrote Confucius. Though the Chinese thinker and social philosopher wrote these words thousands of years ago, they’re still meaningful today. Short, striking, or memorable phrases are known as slogans, and we use them often in our daily lives. You might see them on […]


6 Tips for Overcoming Addiction Triggers and Cravings

One of the most difficult parts of recovering from drug abuse, alcoholism or a combination of both comes after treatment. Leaving a treatment facility and returning to regular family life, social situations and work can routinely set newly recovering people back. This isn’t surprising and is to be expected, considering what science has learned about […]