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Preparing to Attend Rehab after COVID-19

Rehab is a big step, so being prepared is key – just as you would prepare for any other big change in your life. It’s normal to feel a level of stress; the following tips outline what you can do, both mentally and physically, in the weeks leading up to your stay in rehab.

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How to Help an Addict / Alcoholic at Home

Alcoholism and addiction are terms used to describe someone with a physical and psychological dependence on alcohol or drugs. They may have problems controlling their habits or choose to keep drinking or using even though it causes problems. These problems may interfere with their professional and social relationships or even their physical health.

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What Is An Online Recovery Program?

An online recovery program is designed to help you embrace sober living in a healthy and balanced way. Your online program will provide you with the tools and support you need to achieve a happy and fulfilling life without alcohol or other substances. Our online recovery programs include all of the components of our residential program that can be carried out online (see inclusions below)

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Creating a Healthy Lockdown Schedule For Those in Recovery

How are you spending your time during lockdown? Are you missing structure and finding yourself drifting? Here are 11 key components to include in your weekly schedule to endure you stay on track in your recovery…
Need some additional support? Check out our online counselling and online recovery program options!

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10 Ways to Strengthen Your Recovery During Lockdown

Lockdown, although challenging for many, is an ideal time to focus on yourself and really work on developing and strengthening your recovery. It’s easier said than done though, what can you do when so much seems off limits? Here are 10 ways you can make the most of this time and emerge from lockdown even more solid than ever in your sobriety….

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Getting Help While On Lockdown: Online Therapy And Counselling

The beginning of lockdown offered us time to recoup, relax, and somewhat respect some much needed time off from our busy lives and busy schedules, and we found solace in the safety of our homes. With Covid-19 showing no sign of easing off the gas any time soon, this sense of isolation has become somewhat of an imprisonment with more people struggling to cope with the emotional strains of the unknown.

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Coping With Cravings On Lockdown

While on lockdown, cravings might appear to be much stronger and / or more frequent than you might have experienced previously (or you might only be experiencing them for the first time now). This is to be expected! Most of us have some element of additional stress in our lives at this time, combined with less activities, or less variety of activities, to keep us physically and mentally stimulated due to the confines of lockdown.

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Home Detox vs. Rehab Detox During COVID-19

Deciding whether to attempt to detox at home or attend rehab is often a difficult decision to make. Depending on individual personal circumstances, you may find positives and negatives relating to either approach to getting clean and sober. In this Blog we look at the benefits and drawbacks of both methods and how these may have changed in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Self-Isolating, Isolating and Coronavirus

Most addicts and alcoholics are all too familiar with isolating and its pitfalls. For some addicts, isolating characterized their drinking and using from the very beginning. For others, isolating came later as a result of damaged relationships. Isolating is not just a by-product of addiction, it can also be a trigger and that’s why most programs of recovery promote connections and fellowship. Ask anyone who has relapsed what happened prior to them picking up again, and usually they will have stopped going to meetings and started to isolate some time before re-engaging in their addictions.

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The LGBTQ+ Community And Recovery

Substance abuse and addiction is a significant problem within the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual) community. People who identify as LGBTQIA are at a greater risk for substance abuse and addiction with up to 30% of the population being affected.

These threatening statistics highlight the importance for more substance use recovery programs that support LGBTQ+ individuals.

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Take Your Recovery With You: Travel Tips

Includes a few useful recovery tips while traveling to help you have a smooth and sober trip. The most important tip is to always have a plan and a backup up when that plan falls apart! Traveling can often include surprises that can be handled easily when you have a plan!

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Addiction and the Brain PT. 2

Our brain is the site for all mind-altering drug interactions. Drugs and alcohol manipulate the biochemistry of the brain and change how the neurons communicate with each other. These changes alter the users’ perceptions, emotions, thoughts and behaviors over time. This chemistry change can have a life long impact but often full recovers after a prolonged period of recovery.

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Gratitude: The Cure-All for Wellbeing

Around the clock peace of mind seems like an impossible task. The Idealism of lofty gurus and monks is that they have devoted their lives to meditation and spiritual matters, shuttered in monasteries and temples high on distant mountain tops. Lots of ways exist to bring a sense of ease and comfort in our lives. We don’t all have to put on robes and sit for hours on end. A powerful tool that can be adopted and applied by everyone is simple: Gratitude.

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Addiction and the Brain PT. 1

Studies have shown that drug and alcohol use creates abnormalities in the brain. Drugs and alcohol can also have an effect on what we call brain plasticity. Plasticity in this context is the ability of cells to remember. Children and teens are particularly sensitive to changes in brain plasticity as a result of drug or alcohol use. The good news is that research in this area is helping us understand how to reverse the damage.

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Art Therapy in Recovery

Around the clock peace of mind seems like an impossible task. The Idealism of lofty gurus and monks is that they have devoted their lives to meditation and spiritual matters, shuttered in monasteries and temples high on distant mountain tops. Lots of ways exist to bring a sense of ease and comfort in our lives. We don’t all have to put on robes and sit for hours on end. A powerful tool that can be adopted and applied by everyone is simple: Gratitude.

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Have Yourself A Sober Little Christmas

Christmas; one of the most challenging times of the year for anyone who has or is struggling with early recovery or active addiction. It is not easy. Feelings of isolation may arise, including frustration, despair, anger, and loneliness. You are not alone. Hundreds and thousands of people are also walking this road less travelled, and we are here with some festive tips to support you.

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Indiscriminate Addiction: Part 2

Addiction touches every group of our society. It has been my experience to walk into a meeting and see a movie star sitting next to a homeless person, sitting next to a single mom, sitting next to a teenager, sitting next to an elderly man, and so on. The common denominator is that we are all afflicted with the same disease, and in search of the same goal, a release from addiction.

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Indiscriminate Addiction: Part 1

Addiction touches every group of our society. It has been my experience to walk into a meeting and see a movie star sitting next to a homeless person, sitting next to a single mom, sitting next to a teenager, sitting next to an elderly man, and so on. The common denominator is that we are all afflicted with the same disease, and in search of the same goal, a release from addiction.

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Bali Individual Recovery Retreat

With over 2.4 million results for subjects such as sober festivals, yoga retreats, resorts and holidays, it is evident that people are beginning to see that a life of sobriety offers the opportunity to broaden your experiences in life rather than limit them.

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Tools For Resentments

Resentments have been named the ‘number one’ offender for addicts and alcoholics. Learn about how to spot them, what causes the, and what to do about them.

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Relapse Awareness Guide

There are often warning signs prior to a relapse – this blog will discuss the signs of emotional, mental, and physical relapses. Find out what’s going wrong and how to get back on track – you may need some professional help to do so – and that’s okay!

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Replacing Addictions In Recovery

Addiction replacement, or transferring of addictions is a very common behavior response in recovery. We often substitute addictions to fill the void or to chase the same feeling or high that the previous addiction produced. It could be switching from drinking to eating chocolate or from drugs to sex.

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Tips For Staying Sober During The Holidays

The idea of staying sober over the holidays can be scary when in early recovery or active addiction. As the holidays quickly approach, so do the holiday parties and family events, both of which can be difficult to navigate. A good goal for these holidays? Instead of focusing your energy on buying presents, focus on being present.

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Bali: A Haven for Addiction Recovery

Bali might be well known for its party nightlife, but the island is also beginning to bloom as a center for drug and alcohol rehab centers where you’ll find thriving clean and sober communities of both expats and locals who offer each other support and friendship.

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Am I An Alcoholic?

Aftercare can be the make or break in long-term success in addiction recovery. What does quality aftercare look like? And why do you need it?

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