Tag Archives: Recovery

Inside the Addict’s Brain

Inside the Addict’s Brain | brain

A candid look at the brainon drugs. Many details have recently been worked out describing events in any brain exposed to the most common addictive drugs: heroin, morphine, barbiturates, tranquilizers, and alcohol (all depressants that slow down processes in the brain and central nervous system); and cocaine, amphetamines, nicotine, and marijuana (all stimulants that generally excite them). As the target organ[…]

How Exercise Can Help Keep You Drug-Free

How Exercise Can Help Keep You Drug-Free | exercise

Working out in recovery Eating, sleeping, and feeling healthy may seem like normal parts of life, but being able to function effectively on a day-to-day basis should not be taken for granted. Like so many other medical problems, addiction interferes with an individual’s normal physical functioning. Instead of eating properly or seeking intimate partnerships or healthy relationships, addiction overrides[…]

Addiction, Recovery, and Loss

Addiction, Recovery, and Loss | recovery

Unbeknownst to most, significant loss is intrinsic to addiction recovery. As I wrote in last month’s post, the loss is an unavoidable part of life. Over time, everyone experiences a range of significant losses, and as painful as it often is, the grieving process is a necessary and healthy part of mourning and getting through those losses.[…]

Recovery (like Addiction) Relies on Neuroplasticity

Recovery (like Addiction) Relies on Neuroplasticity

There’s nothing chronic about this “chronic brain disease.” The experts at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) are very clear: “Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease.” (Here’s the NIDA party line in a bit more detail.) As you can see, addiction is viewed as a chronic disease much like cardiovascular disease or diabetes. And they should know, right? After all the[…]

Making Progress in Writing and Recovery.

Making Progress in Writing and Recovery

Writers and loved ones should embrace “progress not perfection” I write and I recover from a loved one’s addiction. Granted there are significant differences between the two, but several similarities. I struggle to master both. And let me tell you, it’s hard. Fran Simone is Professor Emeritus from Marshall University, South Charleston Campus, West Virginia where she[…]

When Not To Be Nice

When Not To Be Nice | Willing Ways

The late Dr. Harriet Braiker continues to teach us when and how to say no. “Niceness is the psychological armor of the people-pleaser.” ~ Harriet B. Braiker Do you act on a daily basis on any of these internalized beliefs? “I should never say ‘no’ to anyone who needs or requests something of me.” “I should never[…]

What Is Healthy Distraction?

What is Healthy Distraction? | Willing Ways

How distraction can help prevent relapse. In Relapse Prevention 101, one of the techniques recovering addicts learn is a distraction. Many are already familiar with the unhealthy version of this skill. After all, people often develop addictions in an effort to distract themselves from the pain of daily life. If addiction is itself a distraction, how could[…]

Fear Itself

Fear Itself Addiction, Recovery and a Path to Prevention

Addiction, recovery and a path to prevention The practice of prevention—keeping young people safe and alive—often relies heavily on outcome-based evidence of educational approaches and initiatives, not to mention the psychosocial research that guides them. But there’s a companion approach to be found in the experience of addiction and recovery, both subjects of an expo sponsored by[…]

Addiction and Depression

Addiction and Depression | Willing Ways

Simple Tools to Help Addicts and Others Push Back Against Depression Symptoms. Depression is probably the most common co-occurring disorder addicts present with. Unsurprisingly, addicts frequently feel demoralized and hopeless about their lives and health.  Altered brain chemistry exacerbates these feelings and often leads to depression.  The following suggestions, however, go a long way towards relieving the symptoms of[…]

Relapse

4 Disciplines of Execution Strategic Organizational Change

Relapse does not have to be part of addiction recovery. Generally, when an addict is sent to or voluntarily enters treatment, s/he is told to expect relapse, that returning to using is a natural part of the recovery process. While it is certainly true that many addicts and alcoholics do relapse during the early stages[…]

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