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Gentry Jones: 4 Ways to Stay Strong During the Early Days of Sobriety

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 09, 2020 / by Gentry Jones posted in Addiction, Sober Living, Positive Recovery

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When I first got sober I felt 90% like a drunk, and 10% capable of getting and staying sober. Today I feel 90% capable and 10% like a drunk.

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RawRecoveryTalk: Changing The Stigma Surrounding Addiction

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 26, 2020 / by RawRecoveryTalk posted in Alcohol, Drugs, Co-Occurring Disorders, Positive Recovery

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It is so common nowadays to ask someone “What they do for a living” as a means of small talk. For 6 years my answer to this question was “I’m an addiction counselor” and as a response I would receive some variation of “Bless you, that must be so hard to work with them”. It took me a long time to realize that people did not know how to respond because of the stigma attached to addiction and mental illness in general.

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The Difference Between Intensive Outpatient & Traditional Treatment Programs

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 18, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Positive Recovery, treatment program, remote treatment

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At Aquila Recovery of Virginia, we are proud to offer a variety of treatment programs designed to meet each client’s needs at the level of care required. We offer an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for clients who need more structure than traditional outpatient therapy and less structure than an inpatient treatment program.

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5 Common Relapse Triggers and How to Avoid Them

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 09, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Sober Living, Positive Recovery, relapse

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The holidays can be a difficult season to navigate if you are currently recovering from a substance use disorder. Here are 5 common relapse triggers and how you can avoid them.

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How is Codependency Linked to Substance Abuse?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 28, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Positive Recovery, treatment program, codependence

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Codependency is not uncommon for those who are in a relationship with or have a close loved one who has a substance use disorder. While having some dependency in any relationship is normal and healthy, a person with codependent tendencies may have adapted extreme, unhealthy behaviors that can be straining on their relationship. If you are a friend or family member of someone who has a substance use disorder, you may be experiencing symptoms of codependency, and you are not alone. It is important to help your loved one on their journey to recovery, but it is also important that you take care of yourself, and avoid developing codependent tendencies. 

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Can Seasonal Affective Disorder Hinder My Recovery?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 21, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, Positive Recovery, treatment program, seasonal affective disorder

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of seasonal depression that is not uncommon to experience at this time of year, as the days start to get shorter, and the weather gets colder. Affecting over 10 million Americans each year, SAD symptoms include oversleeping, lack of energy, overeating, and isolating yourself from friends and family.

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Covid is Causing Increased Drinking

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 16, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Positive Recovery, treatment program, covid

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While some common household products such as toilet paper and eggs have been a struggle to find in stores during COVID, there has been no shortage of alcohol.

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Both Outpatient and Remote Addiction Treatment Options at Aquila Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 04, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Positive Recovery, treatment program, remote treatment

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At Aquila Recovery of Virginia, you have the choice of what kind of treatment for your drug or alcohol addiction that you would like to receive during these difficult COVID times.  We offer both in person outpatient and remote treatment options for you, to ensure your safety while still delivering the highest level of care possible for you or your family. 

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Can I Take Prescription Drugs During Recovery?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 12, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Positive Recovery, treatment program

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Some people in recovery from drug addiction may also suffer from other mental or physical medical issues. Of course, doctors might have prescribed medications to treat these other health concerns. If this describes you, you certainly should consider learning more about taking different types of prescription medication while you undergo treatment for drug addiction.

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Dealing with Substance Use Bullies

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 16, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Sober Living, treatment program

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A major function of rehab is to help you to identify the environmental triggers that can lead you to relapse: all those toxic people, places, events, and situations that can create stress and push you back into getting high or drinking.

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