Advice

We’ve Got Your Back: Heroes Treating Heroes

During the pandemic, local paramedics, police officers, firefighters and other first responders have stepped up to the plate, working hard to safeguard our lives, our homes and our businesses. Our state emergency response team is a Florida Division of Emergency Management providing disaster services, including coronavirus monitoring, to FL residents.  These emergency service workers are on …

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Tough Love: A Son’s Story of Sobriety

This National Recovery Month, we wanted to bring you stories from Recovery Team alumni who are clean and sober, truly taking advantage of everything recovery has to offer them. We spoke with Cheaney and knew that his story would be perfect to be published on National Son’s Day, September 28, 2020. Cheaney was born and raised …

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College Students and Drug Abuse

The popular cultural image of college students getting high or drunk is one that’s pervasive. While it can seem like a piece of fiction torn out of a Hollywood script, the reality is that excesses that often lead to drug abuse are very common, and addiction is a serious risk for many college students. A …

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Addiction and Suicide

The relationship between addiction and suicide is a major driver in efforts, especially by friends and family members, to encourage people to go into recovery programs. There is plenty of overlap between substance use disorders and other risk factors for suicide, such as depression, anxiety, criminal behavior, and traumatic personal histories. Those seeking therapy may …

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Is Drinking Ruining Your Relationship?

Figuring out how drinking alcohol might figure into potential problems in a relationship calls for a great deal of reflection by both partners. Alcohol consumption features in the social lives of many people, and one Pew survey indicated that about 13 percent of married couples met at a bar, nightclub, or similar setting. Even folks who …

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Exercise Can Help Prevent Cocaine Relapse

Anything that aids relapse prevention, especially when dealing with a drug as challenging to recover from using as cocaine, is welcome, and scientists have narrowed in on exercise as one aid that’s very worthy of consideration. A 2018 study conducted at the University of Buffalo demonstrated that the combination of stress reduction and mood elevation that accompanies …

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Relapse Prevention | Tips to Identify Triggers

To understand issues surrounding recovery and the prevention of relapse, it’s important to first understand addiction and the components of recovery and relapse. Addiction The American Society of Addiction Medicine provides the following definition: “Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and …

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Coping with Triggers

It’s a fact that addiction can occur to anyone at any time. There are no socioeconomic, ethnic or religious limitations to this disease. It might be affecting your life right now. Once you become dependent on a substance, it’s difficult to see the world without it in your life. You’re trying to “kick the habit,” …

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How to Maintain Sobriety After Residential Care

Making the decision to get professional help for your substance abuse issue will be the best decision you could ever make. During residential addiction treatment you learn a lot about yourself, and you can truly recover from any addiction that is present. The recovery process is a journey that is long-lasting, and there will be …

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