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5 Benefits of Exercise for Men in Recovery

You know that exercise is good for you – and it’s also a great recovery tool. Among the many health benefits, working out can improve heart health, increase concentration, remove toxins from the body, ease anxiety, and reduce substance cravings. Here are a few more of the many ways that a good sweat session can…

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Benefits of Pet Therapy During Recovery

Teens and young adults face many challenges as they work to find their unique place in the world, especially while they struggle with substance misuse or a dual diagnosis like depression or anxiety. The Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine says pet therapy programs can…

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Addiction Risk of ADHD Medication

Required multi-tasking can be a harsh reality when students head to college, and they may resort to taking prescription drugs like Adderall (an ADHD medication) to manage the lifestyle change. While some students abuse Adderall because they want to get high, misuse is also rising on college campuses due to the belief that it will:…

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The Therapeutic Benefits of Decluttering Your Space for Spring

“You can’t reach for anything new if your hands are full of yesterday’s junk.” – Louise Smith, Author Spring cleaning is more than a housecleaning ritual. For young adults recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, decluttering is a beneficial part of any sobriety program. During spring cleaning, you have a chance to purge toxic patterns…

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Music & Addiction: Neurological Benefits

Music has long been considered a natural anti-depressant, an emotional outlet, a creative stimulus, and a tension reducer. Many studies discuss the benefit of music on physical, mental, and emotional health, and this may be especially important for people in addiction recovery. “There is growing scientific evidence showing that the brain responds to music in…

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Core Values To Guide Recovery

When addiction took over your life, drugs or alcohol became the focus of your world. Everything you did was guided by your need. You may have stolen and lied, neglected your health, and sacrificed the goodwill of family and friends in order to feed your addiction. Recovery Means Getting Back to You The knowledge of…

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Making a Lasting Change: Are You Ready?

Over 30 years ago, a team of researchers identified motivation as a prime indicator of success in recovery. Their research is the basis for the Stages of Change model, which assesses an individual’s readiness to make a permanent life change. Identifying and Increasing Motivation In addiction therapy, the Stages of Change model has become an…

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Culinary Arts Benefit Clients During Active & Post Rehab Process

At Red Oak Recovery, clients embrace gardening, cooking and eating as key parts of their recovery program. Nutrition plays an integral role in physical and emotional healing, and residents discover this by growing and harvesting their food, taking culinary classes, and making nutritional lifestyle changes that give them energy and stamina for their sobriety journey.…

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Animal-Assisted Addiction Therapy

The internet is overrun with animal videos and cute animal memes: evidence of our love for animal antics. Now, therapists are using the human affinity for animals as a treatment pathway for mental and physical conditions, including addiction—and the results are nothing short of amazing. Positive Human Responses to Therapy Animals Pets and rescue animals…