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Dangers of Prescription Drugs and Signs of Abuse

Hundreds of people all over the world misuse and abuse prescription drugs, whether it be intentionally or unintentionally.

Prescription drug misuse can be described as using prescription medication in a way that is not intended by the prescribing doctor.

This could mean that taking someone else’s prescribed medication, taking more than what your doctor has prescribed. For example – regularly taking twice as many tranquilisers as prescribed.

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The Importance of Positive Self-Talk During Addiction Recovery

Positive self-talk is an essential part of our daily lives but is particularly important during the process of addiction recovery.

Without even realizing it, we are constantly engaging in an internal dialogue with ourselves. This conversation takes place almost all day, every single day.

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How Being in Nature Assists with Addiction Recovery

There are many additional activities that we can incorporate into our lives during the process of addiction recovery which can be instrumental in our path towards sobriety.

Addiction recovery is not just about no longer using a substance; it’s about finding new ways to enjoy our lives, or remembering what gave us joy before we became addicted.

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The Benefits & Importance of Nutrition in Addiction Recovery

Nutrition and addiction recovery work hand in hand as a successful journey towards sobriety depends largely on a healthy body and mind.

Many people who suffer from addiction are more prone to malnourishment and various deficiencies which can cause major illness and other unwanted, physical side-effects.Nutrition and Addiction

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Addiction and Isolation are Closely Connected

Addiction and isolation are very closely related. Sometimes feelings of isolation can cause a person to turn to substance abuse, while long-term substance abuse and addiction can further exacerbate isolation.

This can easily lead a person feeling completely detached from the people around them, overall society and even themselves.

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Domestic Violence and Addiction – How are they linked?

There is an uncomfortably close link between domestic violence and addiction; substance abuse is often the cause of domestic violence, while domestic violence can just as well cause substance abuse.

Therefore, both substance abuse and domestic violence are considered the cause and effect of the other, and when investigating the one the other should always be considered.

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Addiction Recovery and Telling People You're Sober

Although addiction recovery has many rewards, the one thing many recovered addicts fear is sharing the fact that they are now sober.

The sad reality is that there is a degree of shame that is associated with being sober, because of the stigma attached to being an addict.

However, being sober is something that every recovered addict should be proud of because it means that you have overcome one of the hardest obstacles you will ever face.

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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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