5 Tips For Coping With A Relapse

5 Tips For Coping With A Relapse

When you’re battling an addiction, even if you’re well into recovery, relapse is always a possibility. In fact, most people relapse at some point. Because addiction is a chronic disease with no absolute cure, you need to keep up with regular treatment and always be vigilant or you are likely to relapse. Relapse is common, […]

8 Tips To Avoid Relapse Over The Holidays

8 Tips To Avoid Relapse Over The Holidays

The “eat, drink and be merry” ethos of the holiday season might be harmless fun for most people, but if you’re in recovery from addiction, it’s a huge source of temptation. Not only are the holidays a source of stress, spending increased time with your family can be emotionally challenging, and if you don’t have […]

What To Remember After A Relapse

What To Remember After A Relapse

A relapse is not a necessary part of recovery, but it’s something that many people in recovery do experience. If you relapse, whether if it’s after days, months or years of sobriety, you probably feel a lot of unpleasant emotions. You may feel like you are a failure. You may feel a sense of deep […]

Chronic Relapse Is Not Hopeless

Chronic Relapse Is Not Hopeless

For many addicts and alcoholics, relapse is part of recovery. While most addicts know this on some level, actually living through a relapse or a series of relapses is another matter. As more and more relapses occur, both the addict and his family become consumed with frustration, disappointment and maybe even hopelessness. You may have […]

Personal Goal Of Abstinence Has Best Outcome In Alcohol Treatment

Personal Goal Of Abstinence Has Best Outcome In Alcohol Treatment

As a rule, treatment programs for alcohol abuse/addiction have one of two main goals: establishing drinking abstinence or reducing the harm caused by a client’s/patient’s ongoing alcohol intake. However, irrespective of official program goals, people entering treatment may establish personal goals for successful program participation. In a study published in August 2014 in the Journal […]

How Mindfulness Meditation Is Making Quiet Waves In Addiction Treatment

How Mindfulness Meditation Is Making Quiet Waves In Addiction Treatment

By Jeanene Swanson There is growing evidence that mindfulness meditation, when done properly, can significantly improve addiction treatment outcomes. There are many different kinds of meditation—mindfulness (also called vipassana), zazen, transcendental, kundalini, qigong, guided visualization, trance-based, heart-based (with a focus on emotional states), and the list goes on. Mindfulness, however, has struck a chord with […]