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Recovery Atlanta: How to Deal with Cravings

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 skillsdeal with cravings

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

Importance of Diet and Nutrition in Recovery

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.diet and nutrition in recovery

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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How Practicing Mindfulness in Recovery Can Help You

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.” Practicing Mindfulness in Recovery

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

Life in Recovery: Finding a Healthy Approach to Mardi Gras

Finding a healthy approach to Mardi Gras can be challenging. It is not a time of year known for its balance and moderation. In fact, those two goals seem to go against the essence of the season, and it can be a difficult time of year for someone in drug or alcohol recovery. But there are plenty of ways to enjoy the festivities without overindulging.Healthy Approach to Mardi Gras

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Mardi Gras is a time of feasting that’s for sure. Maybe this year you could take a new angle of it and try some of the amazing, yet healthy restaurants that are popping up all over the city. Splurge a little this time of year on eating out and trying all the healthy options the city has to offer. Sip on juice or a smoothie instead of a Daiquiri as you stand on the neutral ground and yell for beads. To get that King Cake fix check out the low-sugar options at The Green Fork and Breads on Oak.

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‘Tis the Season to Keep Your Recovery Strong

Navigating the Holiday Season in Substance Abuse Recovery

Celebrate all of the good work you have done this year in your substance abuse recovery. Plan ahead to help you navigate the holiday season and keep your recovery on track. Here are some great tips:For most people, the holidays can be a time of emotional highs and lows. Happiness and joy may abound, but so might loneliness, anxiety, and what’s known as the holiday blues. The latter can be a serious trigger for those in substance abuse recovery. What’s important is to be prepared. Planning ahead of time can help you navigate the holiday season and keep your recovery on track.

The memory is a powerful force, and the holidays can have some of the strongest associations of both good and bad times in the past. This is why the holiday blues can appear during such an otherwise festive time. When developing your holiday plan to keep your recovery strong, it should include the following: Read more

Gratitude in Addiction Recovery

Well into fall and nearing the holiday season, is a good time to think about what it means to cultivate gratitude in addiction recovery. Practicing gratitude can be a powerful force in our daily life. It’s more than just saying thank you to someone, it’s a commitment to let go of hostile and bitter thoughts about people or events in your life, and to invite appreciation into your heart and mind for all of the things you do have in your life. What does it mean to cultivate gratitude in addiction recovery? Practicing gratitude can be a powerful force in our daily life. It’s more than just saying thank you to someone,

Gratitude in addiction recovery is about finding the important things in your life to be thankful for. And it can help you to release negative thoughts or emotions that may be holding you back in your recovery. Gratitude invokes positive thinking, which can improve your physical and mental well-being. It also gives you more energy and the type of outlook necessary to do things that will make your life better. People who cultivate gratitude in their life tend to experience more joy than others. Read more

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