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Dating in Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 27, 2019 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Sober Living, SMART Recovery, treatment program, Dating in Recovery

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There is an unwritten rule against dating during addiction recovery. Recovery programs commonly recommend abstaining from dating the first year. Recovery is all about healing and learning how to live without substance use, and that first year of sobriety can be a challenge. Navigating the dating scene or starting a new relationship while working through recovery is a recipe for disaster.

Tips For Dating in Recovery

Learn to Manage Emotions

At the beginning of a new relationship, we are inundated with emotions — thrilling highs and lows. Learning to manage emotions is one of the greatest challenges of recovery since drugs and alcohol are typically used to numb emotions.

Choosing the Right Partner

The rush or highs of dating can be intoxicating, literally. Those fresh out of recovery may be susceptible to that intoxicating feeling which can lead to substituting one addiction for another. Infatuation can be mistaken for love. Thus, someone could fall victim to the pitfalls of dating because they have not fully resolved their emotional issues of seeking things outside themselves to fill a void within.

Developing an unhealthy attachment to someone can also derail recovery efforts. Within that first year of recovery, one is still emotionally unstable and unhealthy.  If you are emotionally unhealthy, then you are likely to attach to other unhealthy people. People in recovery often look to others to rescue or fix them. It can be especially burdensome to put your emotional baggage on your partner, making forming a healthy relationship impossible. 

Once you have successfully completed treatment and waited a year, you will have a better chance of picking the right partner.  Recovery programs help people to develop coping skills and to seek comfort within themselves rather than with drugs or relationships.

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Step 1 of Addiction Treatment: Being Ready to Receive It

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 13, 2019 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, SMART Recovery, treatment program

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Denial is often the greatest obstacle to alcohol dependence recovery. After all, it is not only difficult to identify the problem, but also to admit you have a problem.

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Why Alcohol is Addictive (and 10 signs of addiction)

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 10, 2019 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction

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The first time *Sarah had a drink, she remembers being just eleven years old. "I stole liquor out of my parents cabinet, because I wanted to know what was so great about it. Every night, my parents would sit down and pour more and more out of the bottle. They seemed more and more happy each time they had a drink. I wanted to try it - it seemed fun."

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Dual Diagnosis: How can anxiety affect my recovery?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 16, 2018 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, treatment program

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Mental health and substance use disorders go hand in hand. At times it is difficult to separate one from another. More often than not, each condition exacerbates the other. More than 50% of those suffering from a substance abuse disorder have what is considered dual diagnosis. The term dual diagnosis is more commonly referred to as a co-occurring disorder .

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Giving Thanks: The Power of Mindfulness in Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 02, 2018 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Sober Living, Positive Recovery

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Because of the rush around the holiday season, we often forget that Thanksgiving is not just about turkey and all the fixings. It is meant to be a time when we gather with those we love and are thankful for all the blessings in our lives. And if you are in recovery from a substance use disorder, you have many, many things to be thankful for.

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Co-Occurring Substance Use and Seasonal Affective Disorder

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 02, 2018 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, treatment program

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For anyone struggling with substance use disorder, the stress of the holidays can be overwhelming, but those diagnosed with co-occurring Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can find it especially challenging.

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10 facts you didn’t know about co-occurring disorders

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 18, 2018 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, treatment program

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In the USA, nearly 6 in 10 individuals who struggle with substance use disorder also experience some other kind of mental health issue at the same time. We call these dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders and, when it comes to substance use, they’re far from uncommon.

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The Link Between Traumatic Childhood Experiences and Substance Use Disorder

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 24, 2018 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, Compulsive Behavior

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Ever feel like your childhood experiences are still influencing the decisions you make today? Whether you’re a social drinker looking to cut down, or involved in more heavy consumption of alcohol and searching for the answers to recovery, the experiences you went through as a child might be holding you back from sobriety. Let’s look at the link between childhood experiences and substance use disorder, and how you can start to address these today.

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Their Substance Use Disorder is Affecting Your Family

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 19, 2018 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, For Family Members, Drugs

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You might not think that your loved one’s substance use disorder is a family business, but their struggles are a complex battle that come with very real consequences to your family.  Substance use disorder is often referred to as a family disease, which is true both from a genetic and social point of view. 

You might already understand that there are physical, mental and societal challenges that come with substance use disorders and that jeopardize your family’s well-being. Let’s take a closer look at the true impact substance use disorder could be having on your family:

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How Can I De-stress Without Drinking Alcohol?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 13, 2018 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol

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Stressful situations are inevitable and real, so how do you keep your calm when you feel overwhelmed and more is being demanded of you than you can really handle? Stress levels are rising and a report revealed that more adults are experiencing extreme levels of stress than the previous year. Though many will find it easy to reach for the bottle, alcohol itself causes stress and only provides a temporary relief. 

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