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Russ Kallina

Russ Kallina
Russ Kallina is Aquila Recovery of Virginia's Program Director of Operations.

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Depression After Quitting Drinking

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 24, 2023 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol

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Many people find that they experience depression after quitting drinking alcohol. How are alcohol and depression linked, and why is depression a symptom of alcohol withdrawal?

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What to Expect When Getting Sober

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 17, 2023 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol

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The first days and weeks of sobriety can be especially difficult as the body and mind adjust to life without alcohol. There are both positive and negative aspects when it comes to what to expect when first getting sober. 

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Setting SMART Goals for Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 20, 2022 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, SMART Recovery

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Goal setting is important in all areas of your life and is especially important when you enter recovery, since healthy goals can help you build the life you want. Using SMART goals for recovery can help you work towards achieving all your goals.

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How to Love an Addict Without Enabling

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 08, 2022 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol

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When your loved one is struggling with an addiction, it is only natural to want to try and help them recover. However, this mindset often unintentionally turns into enabling, which can have detrimental effects. Here’s how to love an addict without enabling them. 

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How to Navigate the Holidays in Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 07, 2022 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol

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For many, rather than being a season of gladness and hope, the holidays are filled with grief and anxiety. The holidays can be a very stressful time, which can cause people to lean on their destructive coping mechanisms, such as indulging in alcohol.

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, let’s look at some ways you can navigate the holidays in recovery, and how you can support a loved one in recovery during the holidays. 

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Why is Alcohol Addictive?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 28, 2022 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol

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Alcohol addiction is a serious problem that can have a significant impact on your life. Let’s explore why alcohol is so addictive, and why it's so difficult to quit drinking once you've started.

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How Long Does it Take to Break an Addiction?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 21, 2022 / by Russ Kallina posted in treatment program

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Breaking an addiction can be a difficult process, but it is definitely possible. There are many resources available to help break unhealthy habits and overcome addiction, and it takes time and effort to get through the detox phase and reach the long-term goal of recovery.

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What Happens When You Stop Drinking for 30 Days?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 28, 2022 / 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.

This month is a great time to try out Dry January and commit to a month without alcohol. 

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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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