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Coping With Anxiety Without the Help of Alcohol

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 13, 2021 / by Christine Mitchell posted in Addiction, Sober Living, Co-Occurring Disorders, Positive Recovery

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I sincerely believed that alcohol would never be excluded from my life. Not because I couldn’t quit, but because I didn’t want to.

I never understood the ones who found joy without a sprinkle of liquid courage. I was convinced that being “addicted” to alcohol was in my nature and that changing that would be out of the question.

I never considered myself to be an alcoholic, but I knew all too well that I drank too much. I drank more than the people around me, – a lot more often. I preferred drinking alone but because I could function properly while drinking, I dismissed the reality that I had a drinking problem.

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How to Help a Loved One Battling Addiction

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 29, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, For Family Members, Sober Living, Positive Recovery

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It’s no secret that addiction does not only affect the person with a substance use disorder, but their loved ones as well.

If someone you love is struggling with a substance use disorder, you may find yourself wanting to help, but unsure of how to go about it. In some cases, when a loved one tries to help, they end up becoming codependent, which can lead to self-destructive behavior. 

However, it’s possible to take care of your loved one without becoming codependent and without condoning their addictive behavior. Aquila also offers a number of addiction treatment programs for families and addiction recovery resources to help someone struggling with the mental and physical effects of substance abuse.

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Christina Kimbrough: Finding Sobriety in the Midst of a Pandemic

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 02, 2021 / by Christina Kimbrough posted in Addiction, Sober Living, Positive Recovery

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On February 3rd, 2020 I officially had my last drink after 10 years of heavy drinking. I tried for 2 long years to get sober, but it wasn’t until I hit a personal low that I was able to seek help.

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Why & How to Stop Comparing Your Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 18, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Sober Living, Positive Recovery

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As humans, it’s natural for us to have a competitive nature. However, this is not always healthy, especially in the case of recovery. When you are healing from an addiction and the pain of the past, you may be feeling less confident which leads you to start comparing yourself and your recovery to that of others. However, it is vital for your recovery that you break this habit of comparison, and here’s why.

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Health Benefits of Taking a Break from Drinking

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 04, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Sober Living, Positive Recovery

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If you participated in Dry January, you may have noticed some significant differences when it comes to your physical and mental health. Your health can begin to improve after just one week of going alcohol-free. It’s no secret that alcohol isn’t exactly good for you, but what are the actual benefits of going without alcohol?

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Practical Tips for Achieving Your Goal to Quit Drinking

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 18, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Sober Living, Positive Recovery

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If you have decided to make it your New Year’s Resolution or goal for 2021 to quit drinking, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. Maybe you’ve tried it before and were not successful, causing you to feel reluctant to try again. What you need in order to be successful are some practical strategies that you can incorporate into your daily life. 

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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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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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