The Aviary Recovery Center Blog

Stories of Addiction and Recovery,

Stories of Addiction and Recovery

Reading for Comprehension – And Inspiration One of the challenges that comes with a substance use disorder is a sense that you are alone in your struggles. The feeling that your troubles are unique to you can cause you to withdraw from others, which in turn can make it harder...

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Xanax Addiction,

An Addiction to Xanax is Anything but Calming

Do you ever have the feeling that your brain just cannot slow down? It flits from one thought to the next, and you cannot seem to concentrate on any one thing for any length of time. Often, this feeling is accompanied by significant anxiety. You feel upset and wish you...

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cravings response plan, Risk of Relapse, Tips for Staying Sober,

The Risk of Relapse is Real. Tips for Staying Sober.

There is a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip in which the boy (Calvin) and his stuffed tiger (Hobbes) are discussing monsters under the bed. Calvin’s mom has suggested an “experiment.” “She says the monsters under my bed might need me to think about them to exist. Her theory is that...

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Family Wellness Program,

Our Family Wellness Program: Recovery for the Whole Family

A Substance Use Disorder is Never a ‘Just You’ Problem It can be easy to think of substance use disorders as an individual problem—especially if you are the individual in question. When you are struggling with drugs or alcohol, it can feel like you are all alone and that any...

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Holistic addiction treatment, Holistic Addiction Treatment Approach

8 Aspects of Holistic Treatment

Mind-Body Connection: Holistic treatment emphasizes the interconnectedness of mental and physical health. Therapeutic modalities may include activities such as yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices to promote relaxation and stress reduction. Nutrition and Exercise: A holistic approach considers the impact of diet and physical activity on mental health. Residential addiction treatment...

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Journaling, Gratitude, Recovery support, Self-care

Prompts for Your Recovery Journal

Journaling is a Great Way to Support Sobriety Not too long ago, we wrote about the various ways in which journaling can support your recovery from a substance use disorder. In that blog entry, we considered four different kinds of journals that might be helpful: A gratitude journal in which...

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Alcoholics Anonymous, therapy group, Recovery program

AA is Awesome, But There Are Other Options

Some products and brands are so dominant that it can be hard to name alternatives or competitors. Take, for example, Kleenex. Kleenex is a brand of facial tissues. But the brand has such a significant presence in our minds that you often hear people say, “Could you hand me a...

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Consequences of drug use, Physical effects of drug use, Recovery motivation

The Consequences of a Substance Use Disorder are Real

We Don’t Always Tell Ourselves the Truth Human beings have a remarkable ability to decide that certain facts—particularly unpleasant facts—simply don’t apply to them. You see this sort of magical thinking all of the time. It might be a person who believes they have a special ability to text and...

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Timeouts, Take Advantage of Timeouts in Recovery

Take Advantage of Timeouts in Recovery

Timeouts play a big role in many sports—and they can play a big role in your recovery as well. A Tale of Timeouts In a 2020 football game between the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, the head coach of the Gophers took a timeout...

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SAD and Substance Use Disorders are a Problematic Pairing,

SAD and Substance Use Disorders are a Problematic Pairing

The late fall and winter months are notable for many things—many of which are delightful. But these months are also the period during which there is less daylight. The short days of this time of year can present challenges for those in recovery from a substance use disorder. In fact,...

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