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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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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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