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Thankful for Recovery: Staying Sober Through Thanksgiving


There is a great deal of history involved with Thanksgiving. For many of us, Thanksgiving is a time of the year when we give thanks for everything that we have and to celebrate with friends and family that we may rarely see. However, for those of us who have struggled with addiction to alcohol, Thanksgiving can be a tricky holiday to navigate. First and foremost, be thankful for your recovery journey as it’s not easy. You’ve come a long way, and now you may be worried about a relapse during Thanksgiving. Luckily, there are various tips that we can use in [...]

Thankful for Recovery: Staying Sober Through Thanksgiving2022-12-20T18:05:13+00:00

Detoxification: 4 Substances & What to Expect


  #1: Methamphetamine detox According to the Center for Substance Abuse Research, methamphetamine withdrawal may lead to a number of psychological risk factors that make the process of detoxification both difficult and dangerous. Common symptoms include anxiety, paranoia, insomnia, depression, hallucinations, irritability, hostility, fatigue, and cravings.   #2: Alcohol detox The alcohol detox timeline or level of intensity needed for effective alcohol withdrawal management will depend on the severity of the addiction, the magnitude of alcohol dependence, and the risk of experiencing a complicated withdrawal. Common Symptoms (Severe): Hyperthermia (elevated body temperature), diaphoresis (sweating), tachycardia (rapid heartbeat). Increased systolic blood pressure. Tachypnea [...]

Detoxification: 4 Substances & What to Expect2022-10-04T16:23:30+00:00

How Do Dual-Diagnosis Programs Work?


People addicted to drugs and alcohol may suffer from underlying mental health conditions leading to them becoming addicted and exacerbating their substance use. Studies have shown that 60% of young adults in treatment programs for substance use disorder (SUD) also meet the criteria for another mental health condition. Receiving a dual diagnosis can be overwhelming. However, treating your mental health and SUD at the same time is not only doable but necessary to ensure you make a full recovery. If both conditions are not simultaneously treated, they can both continue to exacerbate each other. Here at Vanity Wellness, we are committed to [...]

How Do Dual-Diagnosis Programs Work?2022-07-30T07:00:00+00:00

California LGBTQ+ Recovery & Treatment Resources


The percentage of United States citizens who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ+), has risen in recent years. It is unknown whether this is due to the unreliability of this type of survey, or because of a decrease in the stigma surrounding this community in recent years. Either way, the LGBTQ+ population is growing, and while it is becoming less taboo, there is still a stigma for those who identify as part of this community. Stigma and Mental Health Stigma, discrimination, and the denial of human and civil rights result in health disparities for those who identify as [...]

California LGBTQ+ Recovery & Treatment Resources2022-06-28T17:52:04+00:00

Building Relationships During Recovery: Where to Start?


Building healthy friendships during recovery requires a willingness to slow down and take the relationship one step at a time. Honesty, open communication, and trust are essential to the process. Some people are hesitant to develop friendships with peers in recovery, but often, those friendships can strengthen both individuals and lower the risk of relapse. Although those connections can be invaluable during treatment and early recovery, you should not limit your social interactions to peers recovering from substance use disorder (SUD) or mental health disorders. True friendships are special because they can be found in unlikely places. The Importance of Friendships [...]

Building Relationships During Recovery: Where to Start?2022-06-21T23:24:14+00:00

Sobriety vs Recovery: Aren’t They the Same Thing?


The terms “sobriety” and “recovery” are often used synonymously; however, these terms do not define the same thing. A person can be sober without ever being in recovery, and similarly, a person in recovery can relapse. It is important to recognize the similarities and differences between these two terms to understand how a person can transition from sobriety to active recovery. What Is Sobriety? Sobriety is the state of living without the use of drugs or alcohol. When people consider themselves sober, they may or may not have had substance use problems in the past. Many people consider themselves sober without [...]

Sobriety vs Recovery: Aren’t They the Same Thing?2022-05-19T09:44:40+00:00

How Can Recovery Be Fun?


During recovery, it can be hard to let go of the people and places where you used to use substances. Further, you may not want to cut ties with these people and places because they are the only constant you have had in your life. Therefore, you may doubt your ability to abstain from using substances. Remember, there are only upsides to a life of recovery. Emotionally Rewarding In the past, when your emotions got out of control, you may have self-medicated with substances to ease any stress, anxiety, or depression. Experiencing these emotions during recovery can still present a challenge. [...]

How Can Recovery Be Fun?2022-05-19T09:39:20+00:00

It Takes a Village: The Importance of Community During Recovery


  The phrase “It takes a village” signifies the importance of a community that collectively promotes growth and development for an individual, especially during recovery. Establishing a support system, improving morale, and contributing to a greater whole are just a few of the ways that the community can aid in recovery and keep you from going down the slippery slope of relapse and a negative mental state. Additionally, feeling accepted as part of a community may inspire hope in an individual. Hope, in turn, can lead to a more positive mental well-being that encourages a positive outlook. Hope and Community The [...]

It Takes a Village: The Importance of Community During Recovery2022-05-19T20:19:23+00:00
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