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What to Look for When Choosing a Recovery Center

man researching with phone and computerSeeking residential treatment for drug or alcohol addiction can provide a fresh start for someone hoping to break free from the burden of an uncontrolled substance use disorder.

As you’re researching your recovery center options, however, there are several factors you should consider to help you choose the treatment that’s right for you.


Find a New Hobby to Help You Stay on Track in Recovery

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An important part of the recovery process involves exploring new interests and building a sober identity for yourself.

Hobbies relieve stress, eliminate boredom, and provide a sense of accomplishment. This greatly reduces your risk of relapse as you make the transition back to independent living.

If you’re having trouble deciding what activities you might enjoy, use this list as a starting point.
Pick a few activities that sound like fun, then see what sparks your passion.


Fentanyl Abuse Leads to Devastating Consequences

Fentanyl-Abuse-Leads-to-Devastating-Consequences - close up of woman removing medication patchFentanyl related overdose deaths increased in the United States by 72 percent from 2014 and 2015.

Overdose deaths continue to rise each year as public health experts and law enforcement officials struggle to control the opioid epidemic.

How Fentanyl Works

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid pain reliever, is often used as an anesthetic in hospitals. It is also prescribed to some patients for severe pain, such as after major surgery or to relieve pain from cancer. Since it is one of the strongest opioid drugs available, it quickly eliminates pain. However, fentanyl can also be very addictive when abused.


Adopting a Growth Mindset for Addiction Recovery

Adopting-a-Growth-Mindset-for-Addiction-Recovery - seedling on fingerMaking the decision to get sober requires rethinking every aspect of your daily routine, as well as your own personal beliefs.

Shifting your perspective to promote a growth mindset is one key way you can help build the foundation for sobriety.

Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset

The concept of a fixed mindset vs. a growth mindset was developed by Carol S. Dweck, the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. She believes success in any given task can be largely attributed to whether someone has developed a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.


Breaking the Cycle of Addiction Through the Generations

Breaking-the-Cycle-of-Addiction-Through-the-Generations - three generations of womenAddiction is a biologically-based brain disease, which means that means about half of a person’s risk of developing a substance use disorder is due to inherited risk factors.

Environmental risk factors associated with a parent who abuses drugs or alcohol can also perpetuate the cycle of addiction, but it’s important to keep in mind that there is always hope for a brighter future. With treatment and a strong support system, this cycle can be broken.