Having to deal with cravings can make you feel lost in an endless maze of Peachtree-named streets, and can be as annoying and frustrating as sitting on 285, 85, 75, or 400 during rush hour. But learning how to deal with cravings is an important part of recovery. Our goal is to help you understand cravings, identify triggers, avoid cues, and manage with coping skills.
Cravings can be the brain’s way of remembering a habit or behavior that has been repeated many times. They are often normal in early recovery and do pass, even the ones that feel quite strong. But cravings also tell us what our body is lacking and needs. For someone who has struggled with substance abuse, their body is often deficient in vitamins, minerals and more. So this needs to be addressed in early recovery to help the body heal from the damage. Read more →
Do you ever think that you might need to cut back on alcohol even if you aren’t an alcoholic?
Some people find that they drink more than they’d like to, but don’t feel they can be defined by the label: alcoholic. They find their relationship to alcohol to be tricky and challenging, but are worried about reaching out for help because it doesn’t seem like an all or nothing situation. Here are some signs to look for that might signal you should consider reevaluating your relationship to alcohol:
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On the heels of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics March’s “National Nutrition Month®,” we wanted to discuss the importance of diet and nutrition in recovery. In every substance abuse recovery there is the goal of changing negative behaviors into positive ones. Eating right, relaxing and exercising all play an important role in helping you make these changes. Choosing to eat healthy is crucial to sustaining a healthy lifestyle.
We naturally assume that food affects our physical body but it also affects our mood. Deficiencies in amino acids and nutrients like folic acid and B-vitamins can have tremendous negative impact on how we feel. Sugar and caffeine are two big culprits in sabotaging one’s mood.
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Practicing mindfulness in recovery is a great tool. So what is mindfulness? Psychology Today describes mindfulness as “a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”
How can this help in your recovery? Practicing mindfulness in recovery can help manage stress and prevent relapse. It’s been proven effective for building coping skills that arise from various psychological issues and that are often the reason one turns to drugs and alcohol in the first place. Mindfulness can be a great tool in helping to overcome urges and cravings. By fostering mindfulness you might notice: Read more →
It’s easy to assume that if something is sold over the counter or even prescribed by your doctor, then it is safe. But this isn’t always the case. In fact many of the seemingly harmless bottles in your medicine cabinet can carry some dangerous risk. Pay close attention to what these dangers are, learn the risk, read the instructions carefully, and don’t be afraid to ask your doctor question. Here are some common dangers hiding in medicine cabinets:
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Who just pitched a perfect game against substance abuse stigma?
The stigma surrounding substance abuse and addiction is so strong in our society that we rarely think of a successful person as someone who could struggle, even though they are just as likely. The negative stigma continues to perpetuate false stereotypes, and in return, reinforces behavior of stress, fear, denial and secrecy. All of which exacerbate the problem and stand in the way of people getting help.
Let’s take a quick look at some baseball facts:
In 2001, CC Sabathia was the youngest player in the major leagues (after being awarded Minor League Player of the Year in 2000). He’s played for some of the top MLB teams. In 2008, he signed what was at the time the largerst contract for a pitcher in MLB history for the New York Yankees. He’s been an invaluable player since. In 2009, he was the Opening Day starter and that year won his first championship ring with the Yankees. He also won the American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award. By the end of 2014 season, he was one of the more sucessful pitchers from a hitting standpoint. And his ability to pitch a high number of effective innings each season has some broadcasters calling him the “workhorse.” He is the very definition of success in this country: determined and hard-working. Read more →