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How to Get Sober Without AA

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 17, 2022 / by Russ Kallina posted in Alcohol, treatment program, IOP

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If you’re in the addiction recovery space, you’ve likely attended Alcoholics Anonymous, or know someone who has. Although Alcoholics Anonymous is a great step for anyone looking to maintain sobriety, it is not the only option. 

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Why Attend an Intensive Outpatient Program in Virginia?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 28, 2022 / by Russ Kallina posted in treatment program

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If you’re looking for an effective treatment program for substance or alcohol use disorder, an intensive outpatient program may be what you need. Intensive outpatient programs can help you to recover more quickly than a traditional outpatient treatment program.

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How to Redefine Your Relationship with Alcohol

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 15, 2022 / by Russ Kallina posted in Alcohol, Sober Living, Alcohol awareness

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Did you know that you do not have to be an alcoholic to give up drinking? Some people choose to be conscious about their drinking habits, and evaluate their relationship with alcohol to maintain a sense of control over their alcohol consumption. If you’re tired of waking up with hangovers and foggy memories from the night before, then it may be time to reevaluate your relationship with alcohol.

You may not be addicted to or dependent on alcohol, or experienced rock bottom because of alcohol, but if alcohol is not adding any benefit to your life, then you should consider whether or not you want to carry on drinking the same way you have been. 

 

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How to Maintain a Social Life While Sober

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 18, 2022 / by Russ Kallina posted in Alcohol, Sober Living

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When you first get sober, it can be intimidating. You’re worried that you will lose your friends and your social life, or that you’ll be bored without alcohol. At the beginning, it can feel lonely. The friends you used to go out drinking with might stop inviting you to come along, and you may feel like you’re missing out. While getting sober will definitely be life-altering, you can still have a social life without alcohol. 

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How COVID-19 Has Impacted the Opioid Epidemic

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 20, 2022 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, For Family Members, Drugs, opioids

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The opioid epidemic is becoming increasingly rampant in the United States and across the world. This past year, the drug overdose deaths reached an all-time high of approximately 100,000 in the US, and about 65% of these deaths were related to opioids. 

Unfortunately, the coronavirus and all the uncertainty that came with it, only made the opioid epidemic worse. With health departments spending so much time and money on COVID, the spotlight has shifted away from the opioid crisis. 

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Best Ways to Support Addicted Family Members During the Holidays

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 22, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, For Family Members

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For many, rather than being a season of gladness and hope, the holidays are filled with grief and anxiety. Whether spent alone, or with friends and family, the holidays can be a very stressful time, which can cause people to lean on their destructive coping mechanisms.

Addiction does not only affect the addicted individual - it affects the whole family. Addiction can destroy relationships, and cause a lot of hurt among family members, which can become magnified during the holiday season.

Whether your loved one is currently in recovery, or is needing to begin their recovery, here are some ways in which you can support them during this time.

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Tips for Having a Sober Halloween

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 21, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, Sober Living, Positive Recovery

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If you love Halloween festivities, and are newly sober, you may be worried that sobriety will cause you to miss out on the Halloween fun.

However, there are plenty of ways you can still have a great Halloween while being sober, you will just want to be more mindful of your triggers so that you can manage them effectively. 

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How Tough Love Affects Addicts

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 15, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, For Family Members

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What is the best way to show support to an addicted loved one? Some believe that tough love is the only way to get addicts “back on track,” while others enable their loved one in hopes that this will help them curb their addiction.

Fortunately, there are other ways to support your loved one that will not only be beneficial for them, but also for you. 

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What Happens When You Stop Drinking for 30 Days?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 27, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Sober Living

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What are the benefits of going alcohol-free for 30 days? Over the course of 4 weeks, you will already start to see tremendous improvements in your physical and mental health. With Sober October right around the corner, it’s a great time to try out a month without alcohol. 

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Benefits of Attending Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Virginia

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 10, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Sober Living, treatment program

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The first step to recovery is acknowledging that you need to help. Substance use disorders are complex and it requires time and commitment in order to attain sobriety. While going to treatment may seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to be that way. September is National Recovery Month, and it’s important to be aware of the types of treatment that are available across the country so that you can decide which one is best for you.

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