What to Do After Treatment for Benzos

Recovery is a healing process that cannot be rushed. Treatment offers solid footing and a great, healthy start for recovery, but recovery is lifelong while treatment is temporary. Therefore, you must keep working even after professional treatment ends, because and you can ensure long-term success if you know what to expect and do in the weeks, months and years following rehab. Why Treat Benzo Addiction? Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are a class of powerful drugs. While often prescribed to treat...

How Community Impacts Your Recovery Work

Addiction may be marked by feelings or acts of isolation, but it is not a disease that stands separate from the families, friendships, workplaces and more in which it is present. In other words, one person’s addiction impacts the communities that surround her, and these communities in turn affect addiction recovery, so addiction is everyone’s problem, not just the addict’s. There are many levels and types of community, and each one can support long-term recovery and encourage overall...

Finding Hope in Other People’s Stories of Recovery

Addiction is a lonely disease, but recovery is anything but. As individuals begin to research options for addiction treatment, as they seek support to maintain their sobriety, they will quickly discover an extensive, helpful, supportive community of people who have found (and are happily living in) recovery. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shares that “people with mental and/or substance use disorders have a unique capacity to help each other based on a...

What Kind of Job Should You Get in Early Recovery?

Transitioning from rehab to the real world can be challenging, especially for people who need to find jobs. The prospect of job hunting seems daunting to many recovering addicts who are new to the sober lifestyle, because they worry about discrimination. The good news on this front is that, even though addiction may have temporarily sidelined you professionally, recovery will put you ahead. Research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that treatment improves any addict’s...

The Unique Challenges of Young Adults in Recovery

The sooner recovery begins, the better. Recovery is a journey, and it requires change, commitment and support. It is not a matter of just a few therapy sessions or even 30 days’ worth of treatment but instead involves a lifetime of combining these professional services with learning to make healthy choices and develop as a person. Young adults are in a unique position to find long-term recovery, and the challenges they face are balanced by the opportunities they are provided. Why...

Five Ways to Create Sober Routines in Recovery

Recovery and routine go hand in hand, but when a person is early in his recovery, he may not know how to begin creating healthy habits. In “An Individual Drug Counseling Approach to Treat Cocaine Addiction,” the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) explains why creating sober routines is a challenge at first: Many addicts organize their entire daily routine around obtaining, administering, and recovering from the effects of their drug(s). Because of the time these behaviors require, many...

4 Signs that Sobriety Is Making You a Better Person

Sobriety seems like an easy concept if not a simple task. It involves not taking a drug like morphine or alcohol ever again, right? Yes and no. Sobriety begins with not using a substance, but that is not the sum total of what sobriety and recovery are. As the journal Addiction Science & Clinical Practice explains, “Abstinence rarely brings instant relief from all other problems in life.” It is not a one-step solution to addiction, but it is necessary for subsequent changes to occur....

Replacing Morphine Abuse with a Healthy Activity

Morphine addiction is a powerful physical and mental disease. This drug, which is chemically related to heroin and opium, changes the way the brain works. Recovery requires comprehensive treatment that unravels the many layers of the disease and establishes new, healthy, patterns and habits. Several successful treatment facilities offer specialized programs that help their clients replace morphine abuse with positive, constructive activities that promote health and wellness. Morphine and...

5 Ways to Use Mindfulness to Sustain Recovery

Mindfulness can reintroduce enjoyment into life, especially for morphine addicts. This skill can help users see the mistakes they made to become addicts in the first place, which will teach them to avoid those problems in future. 5 Ways to Be Mindful During Morphine Addiction Recovery Learning how to be mindful during recovery can help you both achieve and maintain sobriety even after treatment ends. The following thoughts encourage mindfulness during morphine addiction recovery: Be present,...

How National Recovery Month Can Help Break the Stigma

National Recovery Month is held every September and is promoted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This month-long event began as a celebration of the effectiveness of addiction treatment, but it evolved into a celebration of those in recovery from addiction and mental health issues. 2014 is National Recovery Month’s 25th celebration, and each month focuses on certain aspects of health and wellness: this year’s focus is on speaking up about addiction...

10 Ways to Resist a Craving to Morphine

While the physical cravings for morphine wane over time, you may experience emotional or psychological cravings long after you complete recovery. The good news is that you can resist the cravings. Ways to resist craving for morphine include: Cravings and urges for morphine will disappear in short time unless you keep your mind on them. Refuse to act on the urges for 10 to 15 minutes. Usually, the cravings disappear in that time. Once you resist a craving, you know you can do it again when they...

Life After Addiction: What Does the Family Healing Process Look Like?

Morphine addiction affects the whole family, so the process of healing from addiction should involve the whole family as well. Specialized counseling and educational programs help morphine addicts and their loved ones understand the disease and how various relational habits can undermine recovery. Although many addicts feel great shame about their drug use, help is available for all involved. Codependency and Family Healing The phenomenon of “codependency” is one of the most important...

The Importance of Healthy Friendships in Maintaining Morphine Addiction Recovery

Morphine addiction recovery can be difficult to maintain if people lack support from professionals, family members and close friends. Positive relationships and a healthy social life are key factors in maintaining morphine addiction recovery. Seek help if you want to break a morphine addiction. Benefits of Morphine Addiction Support Groups If you have friends who avoid morphine abuse, you may reap any of the following benefits: Positive encouragement and non-stop support Staying socially...

5 Ways to Rebuild Your Life After Morphine Rehabilitation

Completing a rehab program is no small accomplishment. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that only 40 percent of individuals who enter treatment complete their program. However being among this small percentage is only the beginning. Rebuilding your life after morphine addiction and rehab is essential for finding purpose, staying active, and maintaining your recovery. Continue with Treatment Morphine addiction is a chronic disease. Attending a rehab program...

4 Ways to Support a Friend Recovering from Morphine Abuse

If your friend has struggled with morphine abuse but is actively recovering, you can be a powerful source of support and encouragement for his or her recovery journey. Learning about addiction, recovery, and positive actions helps you contribute to your friend’s drug-free life. Learn about Morphine Addiction Knowing what addiction is, how it develops, and how it is treated will help you support a friend’s morphine addiction recovery. Denial, ignorance, and misconceptions allow...

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