How to Take Constructive Criticism with These 3 Tips (and No Regrets)

How to Take Constructive Criticism with These 3 Tips (and No Regrets)

It is hard to take criticism, plain and simple. It is even more difficult to take constructive criticism, even if it is well-meaning. Sometimes people see shortcomings in others they want to point out, but don’t always do it effectively. When people are in recovery, it feels like everything lands under a microscope and others…

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How Can People Prepare for Intensive Outpatient Treatment? 

How Can People Prepare for Intensive Outpatient Treatment? 

People who struggle with addiction may opt for intensive outpatient drug treatment (IOP as a compromise between a traditional program and inpatient work. Understanding what the rewards of going inpatient are can help a person make a healthy decision. It is also possible for people to prepare more effectively when they know what to expect. …

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side effect of treating depression

Is Weight Gain a Challenge When Taking Anti-Depressants?

Antidepressant therapy is a great way to find support for people who struggle with depressive symptoms and need extra help navigating life effectively. Medication is often used for the treatment of depression, along with other substance use disorders, so it becomes a somewhat complex issue. Weight gain can be one unfortunate side effect of treating…

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What Are the Different Types of PTSD and How Are They Treated?

What Are the Different Types of PTSD and How Are They Treated?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is categorized as a mental illness, typically developed by people who have suffered some trauma. For PTSD to be diagnosed, the person must have experienced their symptoms for a month at a minimum. The most common symptom is disturbing feelings over the trauma that the person experienced, making a traumatic…

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Why Does Therapy Matter in Recovery?

Why Does Therapy Matter in Recovery?

Addiction comes in many different ways and people struggle with it differently. The reasons why people become addicted vary and include things like the past history of neglect, abuse, trauma, or violence. The next step for a person is to begin a rehab program with detox for addiction, followed by therapeutic measures. Not many understand…

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Why Managing Feelings of Regret Can Strengthen Recovery

Why Managing Feelings of Regret Can Strengthen Recovery

Feelings of regret are not uncommon in recovery. Emotions are high for many people and vary widely over the course of the journey. Looking back on the choices a person made while addicted to drugs and alcohol can bring up difficult emotions, including regret. Learning to navigate these feelings in a positive way can boost…

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What Should I Leave at Home When I Go to Treatment?

What Should I Leave at Home When I Go to Treatment?

Some people are thinking about going to rehab or treatment for addiction. While this is a good thing in and of itself, the treatment program may bring up anxieties, fears, and other worries about what to expect. There are best care practices that can help a person focus on treatment, all depending on the policies…

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How to Support a Loved One Who Leaves Rehab Early

How to Support a Loved One Who Leaves Rehab Early

The best-laid plans don’t always play out according to script. Addiction treatment bears this out as much as anything else in life. Even if you have done everything you could to help a spouse, child, or friend, now they are out of treatment early and you feel lost as to how to best handle the…

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How to Switch Depression Medication Safely

How to Switch Depression Medication Safely

Prescription antidepressants are no small thing to mess with. It is not easy to just stop taking it because it may have unknown side effects. Sometimes people experience dependence or addiction without realizing it happened. Find out a way to switch depression medication safely. Proper Protocol Stopping medication too abruptly can cause a person to…

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