What You Need to Know About Narcan

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According to the CDC, an estimated 130 Americans die each day from an accidental overdose on opioid painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin. However, did you know these tragic deaths are preventable with an opioid antagonist called Narcan? If you have prescription opioid medications in your home, you should have a supply of this drug on hand and ensure everyone in your household knows where it is and how to administer it. Even if you never need to use it, it will give you greater peace of mind. What Is Narcan? Narcan, also known by its generic name naloxone, is a […]

Dealing With a Toxic Work Environment in Recovery

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When you’re in recovery and actively working on preserving your sobriety, stress can serve as a significant relapse trigger. And, though all jobs and workplaces come with some level of stress, you’ll specifically want to avoid the anxiety and low quality of life that characterize a toxic work environment. A toxic or openly hostile workplace can have far-reaching effects on your self-esteem and relationships, and can manifest in some physical and psychological symptoms, too. Signs of a Toxic Workplace Is your work environment harming your health? Any job where the atmosphere, your co-workers’ attitudes or the work itself is so […]

How to Find the Best Mindfulness Practice for Your Personality Type

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Have you ever tried to start getting into the habit of meditation, only to quit after a week or two because you found it too intimidating? You aren’t alone. Many people think they can never get the knack of meditating because they’re too fidgety or easily distracted and have trouble quieting their mind. The good news is that there are as many ways to meditate as there are types of physical workouts – perhaps even more. As long as you’re focusing on your breath and using it to guide your awareness inward, there’s no wrong way to meditate. Experiment with […]

Learning to Forgive Yourself for Your Mistakes

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Making mistakes is part of being human. We all do it, and often, our stumbling blocks provide a valuable learning experience. Why, then, is it so challenging to forgive ourselves for errors we’ve made in the past, and how can we move on? 1. Own Your Emotions Thinking about past mistakes can be painful and unpleasant. It’s tempting to gloss over complex problems or try to assign blame to someone else. However, owning your feelings is crucial to developing emotional maturity. Instead of denying or ignoring how you feel, take time to examine the situation and unpack why it is […]

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, […]