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How Occupational Therapy Helps with Addiction Recovery

We have addressed the concept of dual-diagnosis, which points at the co-occurrence of mental health disorders and substance abuse.

People who experience this co-occurrence will face a very unique set challenges throughout the recovery process.

While recovery related therapy involves different therapies which facilitate recovery, occupational therapy in particular is an extremely important element.

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Managing stress during addiction recovery

Recovering from addiction comes with many ups and downs, but the rewards of a sober life are truly immeasurable.

Choosing a sober life will bring as many blessings as it will challenges. The key is to keep your eye on the ball every step of the way and avoid anything and anyone who may trigger the desire to turn to drugs or alcohol.

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Sugar addiction – Just how addictive is sugar and what are the effects?

Although there are several forms of food addiction, sugar addiction is by far the most common. To make matters worse, sugar is found in almost everything we eat.

The sad reality is that we are often unwittingly consuming high amounts of sugar every single day. This is because food manufacturers are using it as part of their ingredients, even in foods we don’t consider sweet.

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Depression after addiction - Am I depressed because I was addicted?

Choosing the path of addiction recovery is the best thing an addicted person can do for themselves. However, many recovering addicts experience depression after addiction which may bring some extra challenges to the journey of recovery.

Depression can bring feelings of hopelessness and can have an impact on a person’s motivation to achieve sobriety.

This state of mind can be as a result of circumstances which took place before or after substance and alcohol abuse and is determined by various factors.

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How to cope with an addicted person’s emotional manipulation

Emotional manipulation is a common theme in the behaviour of people who are addicted and can still be present in the early stages of addiction recovery.

Manipulative behaviour can be extremely hurtful and can cause irreparable damage to some relationships between addicts and their loved ones.

Often, the addicted person becomes an expert manipulator and can get away with manipulating people and situations to suite their desired outcomes.

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Season’s Greetings from our Rehabilitation Centre in South Africa

Step Away Rehabilitation centre in South Africa would like to extend season’s greetings and warm wishes for the festive season to everyone who has made all we have accomplished in 2018 possible.

Although this year has been a rollercoaster of a ride, we have made it to the end and are proud to be here, standing tall with our extended Step Away family.

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Early Addiction Recovery – How to Survive Festive Stressors

The holiday season is upon us and to some this means it’s the time for joyful celebrations and festivities. However, for people who are in addiction recovery, this can be a difficult time of year.

Often, these celebrations take place as social gatherings accompanied by food and alcohol and sometimes even other illegal and harmful substances.

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Bipolar disorder and addiction – How are they related?

Although bipolar disorder and addiction are not officially symptomatic of each other, they often occur concurrently.

These two conditions are commonly related to one another; therefore, many medical professionals will routinely check for substance abuse and addiction in people who have been diagnosed with bipolar mood disorder.

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Addiction recovery - How addiction affects our mental health

During addiction recovery, the effects of substance abuse on mental health are easily observed.

The impact addiction has on mental health is undeniable and often, permanent. This is especially true when someone has abused substances for an extended period of time.

Some of the long-term mental health issues that may arise from addiction are anxiety, depression, sleeping disorders, mood disorders and even psychosis.

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Dealing with Psychological Trauma as Part of Addiction Recovery

Psychological trauma is a factor that must be strongly considered in any person who is undergoing addiction recovery.

Trauma is often found to be the root cause of someone’s addictions and therefore, the trauma itself should be addressed along with the actual addiction.

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