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Difference Between Drug Dependence and Addiction

Drug dependence and drug addiction often go hand-in-hand, but they actually refer to two different things. Dependence is a chemical phenomenon, referring to the body’s reliance on a substance to continue normal functioning, while drug addiction is both physiological and psychological, and is more life-threatening. If you or someone you love is struggling with drug…

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Spending The Holidays Alone? Tips on How To Cope

Spending time alone can be tough in recovery; which is why this pandemic has not been kind to people in recovery. As the holiday season approaches and we are still in this pandemic, we must prepare for the uncomfortable truth that we might not be seeing loved-ones this year. Of course, this social interaction that is very much needed in recovery is no longer going to be there. Here are some ways we can help mitigate the potential for loneliness and sadness.

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The Value of Appreciation in Recovery

Who are we to get to use substances to “shut off” the world, or numb our pain? What makes us so special that we get the “easy way” out in life, as opposed to facing our struggles with courage, dignity, integrity, and gratitude like many others? Of the many perpetuating factors of substance use, the entitlement factor described is one that can be challenged and defeated entirely within the self.

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