4 Ways to Be a Better Listener

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If you often catch yourself zoning out or getting distracted while others are talking, you’re not alone. The average human attention span is now approximately eight seconds, thanks to the information that now bombards us from every direction. That’s why honing your listening skills can set you apart from the pack in every facet of your personal and professional life. Here are four tips you can use to become a better listener. 1. Put Your Phone Away Many of us spend hours each day glued to our digital devices. You might habitually reach for your phone whenever you have a […]

How to Live “One Day at a Time”

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Once you’ve started working on your long-term recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, you’ll hear many common concepts come up time and again. One of these is the idea that recovering addicts should live their lives one day at a time. While this phrase can be reassuring, it’s more than a mere platitude. As we continue to observe National Recovery Month all September, what are some tips you can use for bringing the “one-day-at-a-time” philosophy into your life? 1. Be Present in Each Moment Learning to be more mindful can benefit anybody, but it’s especially helpful for people who are […]

Books to Enrich Your Recovery

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Since the disease of addiction affects everyone a bit differently, it can be a valuable component of recovery to learn from others’ experiences in battling substance abuse and emerging stronger on the other side. As we get ready to celebrate National Read a Book Day this Sept. 6, what are some advantages of reading for pleasure, and what are our top picks for books that can enrich your recovery? Benefits of Reading for Adults If you don’t regularly read in your free time, you might be having trouble getting into the habit. Here are some reasons to explore reading as […]

Addiction in the State of Texas

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Though substance misuse disorders are common throughout the U.S., crises like the opioid epidemic have affected some states more severely than others. The Lone Star State’s proximity to Mexico makes Texas particularly vulnerable to drug trafficking along its southern border, allowing dangerous drugs such as methamphetamines to enter the state. What are some of the most common addictions in Texas, and how can you recognize the signs of addictive behavior in yourself or someone close to your heart? Common Addictions in Texas The most prevalent substance use disorders in Texas include: Alcohol Methamphetamines Opioids, available as codeine, Vicodin, OxyContin and […]

Common Obstacles in Early Recovery

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If you’re contemplating getting treatment for a substance abuse problem, you’ll need to prepare for the ups and downs you’ll encounter. To give you a better idea of what early recovery is like, let’s take a look at some common obstacles you might experience on your journey. 1. Forging New Relationships As challenging as it can be to make new friends as an adult, it’s even more difficult when years of substance abuse drove a wedge between you and the people closest to you. If alcohol and drug use caused your relationships to deteriorate, or if your only friends were […]

The Benefits of Peer Support in Addiction Recovery

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When pursuing a goal as monumental as lifelong sobriety, you should never have to feel like you’re facing your challenges alone. Fortunately, plenty of people have been where you are and emerged on the other side. A group of sober peers can provide much-needed perspective and emotional support. Having these supporters in your corner will be invaluable as you enter a new chapter of your life. What are some significant advantages of peer support in addiction recovery? Encouragement to Stay Clean Learning how to manage an addiction is not easy. There will be days where you feel triggered by stress, […]

3 Breathing Exercises to Ease Your Anxiety

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If you struggle to manage anxiety symptoms in your daily life, you have plenty of company. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America estimates anxiety is the most prevalent mental health challenge in the U.S., affecting nearly 20% of our nation’s adults in any given year. Some all-natural remedies – especially breathing techniques – can help relieve anxiety, allowing you to live a happier lifestyle. Today, we’ll take a closer look at some of these beneficial breathing exercises. 1. Take Longer Exhales Most of us know that deep breathing can help with anxiety, especially if you’re having a panic attack. […]

How to Plan for Long-Term Addiction Recovery

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Once you’ve completed drug and alcohol rehab, you’ll need to face a much more significant challenge of figuring out what to do next. Without a strategy, you may find yourself unsure of how to resume daily life. Creating a comprehensive recovery plan can set you up for success in your goal of pursuing long-term sobriety. Here’s how to do it. 1. Develop a Routine Structure is a benefit of addiction treatment that will serve you well, but once you exit rehab, you may find that sorely lacking. You’ll need to find a way to fill the hours you used to […]

Feeling Unmotivated? Here’s How to Get Moving

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Life’s full of ups and downs. Some days, you might struggle to find your motivation – especially in the past few months, while quarantining at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It’s understandable to have trouble getting it together now and again, but if you need help breaking out of a rut, follow these tips. 1. Accept That It’s OK to Be Imperfect Even in the best of times, nobody has all the answers – and a worldwide pandemic is hardly the ideal scenario for anyone. The sooner you recognize that no one expects you to be perfect, the […]

Breaking the Cycle of Addiction and Depression

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The more we learn about substance abuse and mental health disorders, the better we understand the link between them. Mental health professionals call it a dual diagnosis when someone struggles with addiction and a mental health disorder at the same time. If you are living with both depression and a substance use disorder, you may wonder which came first, and how to effectively treat them so you can live a happier, healthier life. Addiction and Depression: A Chicken-and-Egg Scenario Does substance abuse cause depression, or vice versa? The answer is that both can be true. Often, the pain of depression […]