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Recent News & Addiction & Recovery Information

Avoiding Substitute Addictions in Recovery

More Than Abstinence

illustration of woman with rope restraining her arms - substitute addictionsThere’s more to recovery than simply abstaining from drugs or alcohol. If you don’t address the underlying factors that contributed to the development of your substance use disorder, you risk relapsing or developing a substitute addiction.

Just like an addiction to drugs or alcohol, substitute addictions don’t discriminate based on age, race, gender, or socio-economic status. However, you may be more at risk of developing a substitute addiction if you are impulsive, sensation seeking, and non-conforming. People who have co-occurring mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety may also be especially vulnerable to developing a substitute addiction.

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Sesame Street Helps Young Children Cope with a Loved One’s Addiction

cute little girl smiling holding tablet computer at a table - young childrenAddiction touches the lives of everyone, including young children. In fact, it’s estimated that about 25% of children under 18 will experience the effects of a family member’s drug or alcohol addiction at some point.

Good Intentions Gone Wrong

Parents and caregivers often avoid talking about substance abuse with young children in an attempt to protect them, but this approach can backfire. When a child doesn’t understand why a parent, grandparent, older sibling, or loved one can’t simply stop using drugs or alcohol, this can lead to feelings of fear, guilt, anxiety, and shame. These feelings can cause problems in school, social isolation, and an increased risk of developing a substance use disorder as a teen or young adult.

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Living with a Spouse’s Addiction

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Marriage and Addiction

Marriage is never easy, but living with a spouse’s addiction can be extremely difficult. Your spouse may be acting like an entirely different person, and you may feel lost with nowhere to turn.

Although there’s no quick fix for addiction, there’s always hope for recovery. Whether you’re trying to convince your spouse to seek treatment or you’re adjusting to life after he or she has completed residential care, there are several things you can do to support the recovery process.

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Gratitude Isn’t Just for Thanksgiving: How Being Grateful Helps You Stay Sober

someone holding an orange fall leave in front of their camera in the woods - gratefulThanksgiving may be all about showing gratitude for the blessings you’ve been given, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be grateful all year long. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude can play a vital role in the recovery process.

Being Grateful for Sobriety

In Alcoholics Anonymous, serenity and gratitude are viewed as the two most important ingredients for success in the 12-Step program. Although everyone’s experience is different, some of the reasons to be grateful for your newfound sobriety include:

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Making the Decision to Put Your Sobriety First

smiling man in his forties; sobriety firstAddiction is considered a chronic illness, which means there is always a potential for relapse. Complacency puts at risk everything you’ve worked so hard to achieve. To stay on the right track, you need to always put your sobriety first.

A Wellness-Focused Lifestyle

Making the decision to put your sobriety first doesn’t only mean abstaining from drugs or alcohol, however. At Waypoint Recovery Center’s South Carolina drug and alcohol addiction treatment center, we urge clients to take a holistic view of their recovery. With this approach, every decision you make helps support your desire to stay sober and lead a wellness-focused lifestyle.

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5 Fears in Recovery and How to Move Past Them

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Change

Making any major life change can be scary, and deciding to seek treatment for drug or alcohol addiction is one of the biggest changes around. Being afraid to take the first step toward recovery is normal, but you can’t let fear hold you back. Here, we outline some of the most common fears people experience when deciding to seek treatment and explain how you can move past these fears to continue on your recovery journey.

1. Fear of Failure

Fear of failure is perhaps the biggest obstacle people face when deciding whether or not to seek treatment. Substance use disorders are considered chronic illnesses. Relapse is considered a normal part of the recovery process.

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How to Help a Friend with a Drinking Problem

three friends sitting closely on bench on pier - drinking problemSupport from caring friends and family is crucial in helping individuals in recovery stay sober, but knowing how to approach a friend’s drinking problem isn’t always easy. If you’re worried about your friend’s alcohol use, this article offers tips to help you express your concerns and encourage your friend to seek treatment.

Educate Yourself

Addiction is a biologically based brain disease and not the result of a lack of willpower. Someone with a substance use disorder will continue to abuse alcohol despite experiencing negative consequences. The compulsion to drink overcomes all other desires.

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Practicing Mindfulness in Recovery

woman sitting on dock with her arm around her dog, facing away from the camera - mindfulnessEssentially, mindfulness is the opposite of addiction. Mindfulness relies on a focused effort to limit the negative impact of painful feelings, while addiction simply offers a temporary escape from your problems. Mindfulness promotes accountability and personal responsibility, while addiction leads to denial and dishonesty.

10 Mindfulness Tips

Focusing on the present moment without worrying about past mistakes or what the future holds is an excellent way to lower stress, reduce anxiety, and ease depression. However, it takes time to develop this skill. We are all so used to multi-tasking and trying to be as efficient as possible that mindfulness requires a dramatic change in our way of life.

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