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Causes of Addiction – Circle of Influence & Circle of Concern

There are no real identifiable causes of addiction, but there are many factors that we are exposed to on a daily basis which may contribute towards the development of an addiction.

Whether internal or external, every person has a set of concerns that they find themselves head to head with on a daily basis.

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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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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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Hitting Rock Bottom - It's not the end, there is still hope

Hitting rock bottom is often associated with the idea that there is no hope left to turn things around for the better.

However, sometimes it’s necessary to reach this point in order to make the most important choice in your life – the one that leads you out of the dark.

Rock bottom is generally considered the moment where a person reaches a point where they believe that things could not possibly get worse. Some may feel they have nothing left to lose.

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Ethical Drug Rehabs in South Africa - Why Ethical Treatment is Important

Despite the large number of rehabs in South Africa, it’s unclear how many of them operate within the scope of ethical rehabilitation practices.

The success of a person’s addiction recovery depends largely on the way they are treated while undergoing rehabilitation.

Rehab centres are obliged both morally and legally to enforce ethical standards of practice as a non-negotiable part of their program.

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Addiction Recovery & Counselling - How to say no & mean it

One of the tools that addiction counseling teaches you is how to say no. It also helps you realise that saying no can be easy and does not mean that you are selfish.

There are many people who believe that the only way to show someone kindness is to do what they ask of them, regardless of what the consequences will be.

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Assertive, passive and aggressive and the delicate balance between them

During addiction treatment and counselling, one of the most important topics approached is the different styles of communication.

The manner in which one communicates plays a crucial role in addiction recovery. Furthermore, knowing the difference between different styles of communication will assist in using the most effective style.

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What causes resentment during addiction recovery?

Extreme emotional vulnerability plays an active role during addiction recovery. During early stages of drug rehabilitation or alcoholism treatment, your emotions may become particularly harder to manage.

Resentment being one of the most common emotions during this time and also the most counter-productive. Resentment often stems from guilt or regret.

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The short and long-term side effects of alcohol abuse

Alcohol abuse has many devastating effects on everyone who is involved; the individual, their family, friends and even strangers.

These effects leave a deep imprint in the lives of people and can be extremely traumatic. The experiences people have which are related to alcoholism are very seldom positive and can cause ripples that travel far into the future.

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Rehab Centre speaks out about Peer Pressure amongst adults

It is widely believed that peer pressure amongst friends is only experienced during adolescence. However, it is very much present amongst adults.

Those who were susceptible to peer pressure during and towards the end of their teenage years are more likely to fall victim to the very subtle pressure from their peers in adulthood.

It is important to know that there is negative peer pressure as well as positive peer pressure.

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