Codependency and Addiction Recovery

When someone is struggling with an addiction or beginning their life in recovery, family and other close relationships can be vital in helping to overcome struggles. They are there to provide support emotionally, motivation, and practical help throughout the process. Recovery is a journey and not a destination, and who you surround yourself with during …

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Does Alcohol Increase Blood Pressure?

Nearly half of Americans have hypertension or high blood pressure. There are several contributing factors, but alcohol consumption sets many at risk. Studies show a direct correlation between the amount someone drinks and the chances of developing high blood pressure.  Does alcohol increase blood pressure? The short answer is yes. We also know that high …

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PTSD and Substance Use Disorder

It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most …

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Drug Addiction Myths and Facts

It is difficult to deal with drug addiction in your personal life, either your own drug abuse or those of someone you care about. How do you know what to do next?Unless an individual has lived through a substance abuse problem, it is hard to understand the scope and damaging effects that addiction can cause.  …

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How to Stay Positive in Recovery

One of the most important things to remember about addiction recovery is that it’s a marathon and not a sprint. Enthusiasm and willpower will only get you so far. Staying as positive in recovery is crucial. Recovery is challenging on many fronts and having a positive attitude is a huge asset for persevering in the …

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