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Give Yourself Grace to Allow for Growth

Give Yourself Grace to Allow for Growth

Give Yourself Grace to Allow for Growth When you are in the grips of a substance use disorder, it can feel like you are trapped. You want to give up drugs or alcohol, but withdrawal symptoms chase you back to more substance use. You might feel like nothing will ever...

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What if You Went for a Walk?

What if You Went for a Walk?

Here’s an experience you may find familiar. You are sitting at your desk or on your couch or in your car, and all of a sudden you feel yourself tensing up. Maybe you are experiencing some anxiety. Perhaps you are having cravings for drugs or alcohol. Maybe you are just...

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Cravings Will Come. Here’s How to Help Them Go.

Cravings Will Come. Here’s How to Help Them Go.

It would be truly wonderful if getting treatment for a substance use disorder worked like a vaccination against cravings. Imagine being able to leave your treatment facility secure in the knowledge that you would never again experience an intense desire to use drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, as most every person...

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Horses Can Help Veterans and First Responders

Horses Can Help Veterans and First Responders

Have you ever caught an old episode of Mr. Ed on television? The sitcom starred a “talking” horse who frequently gave advice to his owner, an architect named Wilbur. Hijinx generally ensued. When you hear the term “equine therapy,” you might think the process involves getting advice from horses—and that...

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Busting Some Substance Use Disorder Myths—Part Three

Busting Some Substance Use Disorder Myths—Part Three

This is the third entry in our series about substance use disorder myths. And while we have built the series around the classic MythBusters television series (here’s a clip for Star Wars fans), we also wanted to quote Ray Parker Jr.’s iconic theme song for the original Ghostbusters film.  That’s...

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Busting Some Substance Use Disorder Myths—Part Two

Busting Some Substance Use Disorder Myths—Part Two

This is the second “episode” of our MythBusters-style look at myths about substance use disorders. (Since we are borrowing their schtick, we think it is only fair to share another clip from the original show. In this short video, the team uses a controlled explosion in an effort to make...

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Busting Some Substance Use Disorder Myths—Part One

Busting Some Substance Use Disorder Myths—Part One

Do you remember the original MythBusters series? In each episode, the cast would address a myth to see if they could confirm it, declare it plausible, or bust it. The show was a great way to learn about science and was a favorite of kids and adults alike. The team...

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The Path to Addiction

The Path to Addiction

There and Back Again: The Path to Addiction and the Journey to Recovery There and Back Again is the subtitle to J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved novel The Hobbit—which is, of course, the story of someone going on a journey and then coming back home. The journey is dangerous and full of...

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When Hospitalization is Warranted

When Hospitalization is Warranted

When Hospitalization is Warranted? Through the years, doctors and experts in the realm of mental health have been able to decipher various ranges of severity in terms of symptoms. Far from the archaic methods utilized in the past, we now have an entire plethora of treatments and different facilities at...

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Set Some Goals in Recovery

Set Some Goals in Recovery

There is a pretty good chance you have a to-do list—and that it never seems to get any shorter. Whether it is scribbled on scrap paper, color-coded in a planner, or sent as reminders from the cloud, our to-do lists can be both a blessing and a curse. On the...

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