How to Cope with Seasonal Depression

How to Cope with Seasonal Depression

How to Cope with Seasonal Depression According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, up to 6% of Americans may suffer from seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD. This is a mental health condition caused by changes in brain chemicals. These changes are believed to be caused by a combination of shorter daytime hours…

The Importance of Aftercare and Continued Support in Addiction Recovery

The Importance of Aftercare and Continued Support in Addiction Recovery

Right now, throughout the United States, there are millions of people who are struggling with drug abuse and addiction. While seeking addiction recovery is an absolute necessity to get you started on your path of sobriety, it’s only one part of an integrated plan for lifelong success. Another critical aspect of your recovery is aftercare….

Coping With Anxiety in Addiction Recovery

Coping With Anxiety in Addiction Recovery

While in addiction recovery, our locale’s safe and welcoming atmosphere and surrounding beauty will most likely have a relaxing effect on you while in and help reduce your anxiety as compared to what it otherwise would have been, it is important to ensure that any changes that you make here are long-lasting and continue after…

Signs of Adderall Addiction

Signs of Adderall Addiction

Do you or someone you know have an Adderall addiction? If you’ve never heard of Adderall or you’re wondering what Adderall is, you should know that it’s a medication typically used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. It combines amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, which means it’s a stimulant. When used correctly, it can help with daytime sleepiness…

What are Gateway Drugs?

What are Gateway Drugs?

What is a gateway drug, and why is it called that? A gateway drug is a mild, usually legally, stimulant that provides pleasurable sensations in users by increasing the level of dopamine in the brain. However, a problem arises when continual brain stimulation changes the brain’s sensitivity to dopamine, increasing the urge in some individuals…

The Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Addiction Treatment

The Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps addiction specialists implement strategies for improving treatment response. This type of therapy uses incentives to provide positive reinforcement. For example, an individual will receive some type of reward for negative drug testing results. He or she is rewarded for staying sober. The reward…

How to Prevent Relapse by Avoiding Triggers

How to Prevent Relapse by Avoiding Triggers

Addiction interferes with the way the brain functions to control vital organs. Addiction changes all aspects of a person’s life including relationships and responsibilities and can lead to severe mental and physical health complications or early death. The euphoric effects of some substances are so powerful that it can be extremely difficult for a person…

Tips for Safely Quitting Alcohol and Staying Sober

Tips for Safely Quitting Alcohol and Staying Sober

Excessive alcohol use can lead to harmful mental and physical changes in your body. Over time, the alcohol takes control of your brain’s normal functions and creates a physical dependency. When you drink alcohol, neurotransmitters release dopamine, which is why you experience temporary euphoric, pleasurable feelings. There are safe ways to quit alcohol. During the…

Is Reading Important in the Addiction Recovery Process?

Is Reading Important in the Addiction Recovery Process?

Ever since we were young kids, we were told that reading books is important for our educational development. In school, we were required to read several different novels to learn about the “classics” and significant historical events. Many children had a bad taste towards required reading, but once an adult, reading became a soothing and…

Why Your Loved One Might be Reluctant to Seek Treatment

Why Your Loved One Might be Reluctant to Seek Treatment

Addiction puts a person at risk for life-threatening health complications. Substance use disorders and  addiction cause brain damage, liver failure, nerve damage, heart attack, overdose, and early death. Mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, or paranoia develop from substance abuse. Drug and alcohol abuse severs relationships with loved ones. A person who has a…

How to Approach a Friend about Their Addiction

How to Approach a Friend about Their Addiction

If you are concerned about a friend’s addiction, you might find it difficult to approach them about the issue. When you are concerned about a loved one’s addiction, that person may not think they have a problem. It can be hard to address the issue because you may be worried about your loved one’s reaction….

The Danger of Alcohol-Induced Blackouts

The Danger of Alcohol-Induced Blackouts

Blackouts were once associated with alcoholism but can happen when a person drinks a lot of alcohol too fast. Blackouts cause long-term damage. High levels of alcohol impair the part of the brain that forms new memories. A blackout is characterized by amnesia during intoxication. A person does not forget what happened when he or…

Finding Support in Addiction Recovery

Finding Support in Addiction Recovery

Support from sober loved ones and friends are import for success in recovery. Positive reinforcement and encouragement strengthens you through the journey to substance-free living. New, sober friendships often develop in group meetings. Sponsors are Very Important In AA, a sponsor is available to encourage you and talk about your recovery progress. A sponsor is…

Creating A Healthy Support System for Addiction Recovery

Creating A Healthy Support System for Addiction Recovery

During the treatment process, many avenues for support are available right within the treatment grounds. Learning to create a support system outside of treatment is important for transitioning into after care and independence. Family Not everyone who comes to treatment for drug and alcohol addiction has a loving and supportive family behind them. Sometimes, treatment…

How Learning an Instrument Can Help in Addiction Recovery

How Learning an Instrument Can Help in Addiction Recovery

Learning an instrument is a rigorous hobby that yields great rewards. Though there are many other hobbies that go hand in hand with recovery and a sober life, learning an instrument has a combination of benefits across the mind, body, and spirit. Along with group therapies and one-on-one therapy sessions, Cypress Lake Recovery incorporates holistic…

Learning To Spend Time Alone Is Essential for Addiction Recovery

Learning To Spend Time Alone Is Essential for Addiction Recovery

In early recovery, it is best to be around people often. Group therapy and support is extremely crucial for the addiction recovery process and living a sober life. However, without learning to spend time alone, other people can become a crutch. To build confidence in recovery, it is essential to develop a healthy relationship with…

Why is Self-Care so Important in Recovery?

Why is Self-Care so Important in Recovery?

Treatment for drug and alcohol addiction is hard work. A person needs to change his or her lifestyle and mindset for their recovery. They must be determined throughout the process and maintain a positive attitude to have a successful response. Going through detox can invoke some severe withdrawals and sometimes medication is provided to relieve…

4 Hobbies to Pick Up to Help with Sobriety

4 Hobbies to Pick Up to Help with Sobriety

Staying sober can be a difficult task no matter what addiction you’re dealing with. When it comes to rehab and addiction treatment, there are many holistic approaches and practices to help you recover from an addiction. That being said, there are plenty of healthy hobbies you can pick up to help with your sober life…