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Could Marijuana be the Answer to the Opioid Epidemic?

by Leslie, February 27, 2017

The opioid epidemic in America is no longer some distant threat that we can ignore; in fact, new information shows that 25% of all overdoses are from heroin. Sixteen years ago, this number was only 6%. Overall, opioids account for nearly 60% of all overdose deaths, which is up a … Continue reading

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The Many Types of Expressive Therapy

by Leslie, February 24, 2017

It’s easy to lose your identity to addiction. You’re often so focused on getting another fix that it’s not hard to lose sight of your personality and interests. This is why many rehab centers engage patients in expressive therapy. Expressive therapy is a style of therapy that prioritizes creativity, relaxation, … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Group Therapy

by Leslie, February 23, 2017

While every recovery and every treatment center are different, there will always be common factors in both an individual’s experience and what a treatment center will offer. One extremely common type of therapy that many people experience during rehab is group therapy. Group therapy allows individuals to speak about their … Continue reading

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How Family Therapy Benefits Everyone Involved

by Leslie, February 22, 2017

It’s easy to feel alone during recovery. Physically, you’re away from your friends and family in a new and unfamiliar place. However, the mental isolation of recovery can be just as difficult. You may feel as though no one understands you or what you’re going through, and this feeling is … Continue reading

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Learn to Let Go

by Leslie, February 21, 2017

Learning how to let go is an essential part of recovery; however, it’s also one of the hardest. Addiction tends to put us in a state of arrested development. We don’t really change despite our world changing around us. We very rarely have to adapt, so we’re not really used … Continue reading

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Feeling Guilty For A Loved One Struggling With Addiction

by Leslie, February 20, 2017

For many of us, guilt is a common emotion; we feel it constantly, and sometimes with no real justification whatsoever. For those of us with loved ones struggling with addiction, the feeling of guilt is a familiar one. We may feel guilty that in some way we enabled them, or … Continue reading

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What Happens Right After You Enter Treatment for Addiction?

by Leslie, February 15, 2017

Many recovery blogs focus on what happens long before treatment and what happens long after treatment. Focusing on the before and after is what we often find ourselves doing in regards to addiction. There’s often a clear line where we get off of drugs or alcohol and seek treatment, creating … Continue reading

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What Are Surge Emotions?

by Leslie, February 13, 2017

It goes without saying that the first few months of recovery can be the most difficult. You’ll be going through rehab, aftercare programs, detox, and more. It’s not uncommon for you to experience a wide range of emotions during this time period; some might be familiar, others may not be. … Continue reading

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Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

by Leslie, February 9, 2017

Here at Chapters Capistrano, we’ve talked many times about how important it is to discover new hobbies and do new things during your recovery. New hobbies are incredibly important, and meeting new people can add an entirely new dynamic to your recovery. Experiences like this can help recovery from feeling … Continue reading

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Keeping Recovery Fresh

by Leslie, February 7, 2017

Recovery is in many ways the reshaping of yourself. Over the past weeks, months, or even years, you haven’t necessarily been yourself. Substances like drugs and alcohol change how we act and think, and without them in our system, it can feel like you’re finding yourself all over again. While … Continue reading

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