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Veterans Suicide Prevention, PTSD and Addiction, Veterans PTSD and Substance Use Disorder, Outcomes from Co-Occurring PTSD and SUD, PTSD Symptoms in Veterans

How Tactical Recovery Addresses PTSD and Addiction

If you’re a fan of Johnny Cash, you may have heard the song, ”The Ballad of Ira Hayes.” Ira Hayes was an indigenous American Veteran who became famous after he helped to hoist the American flag over Iwo Jima, Japan, during World War II. Hayes was celebrated as a war...

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Alcohol Use Disorder, Risk Factors of Alcohol Use Disorder, minorities with substance use disorders, Racial Disparities in Addiction

Understanding Alcohol Use Disorder

For a long time, unhealthy alcohol use was equated to moral weakness or selfishness. Over time, we have come to understand that the reality is much more complex. Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a brain disease that can result in changes to the brain that make it difficult for people...

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Meditation and Addiction

Meditation and Addiction: Looking Inward Towards Recovery

Addiction is perhaps one of the most devastating physical experiences. There’s a great deal of mental and emotional trauma that occurs as well. For some, meditation can facilitate a healing process across all areas. Meditation offers an opportunity to connect the mind and body to improve well-being and quality of...

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AA meeting, aa sponsor - Portrait of a smiling woman sitting in a circle with group of people during the psychological training in the white office

What Does a Sponsor Do?

If a person in recovery is taking part in a 12-step program, they are generally encouraged to find a sponsor. According to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), a sponsor should Be someone who has fought addiction  Have been sober for a while, preferably at least a year  Have made some progress through...

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Misused Prescription Medications,

Signs Your Loved One Could Be Abusing Pain Medication

Many people who develop addictions don’t start with illegal substances. Those who have been prescribed a certain drug to help them deal with pain, a sleep disorder, or anxiety may find that their use of this substance gradually crosses the line into misuse, ultimately resulting in addiction. Others decide to...

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Gender and addiction

Gender Differences in Addiction

Until the 1990s, most research on addiction focused on men, as did a lot of medical research. More recently, research has expanded to include women, allowing us to learn more about differences in trends between the genders as it applies to substance misuse. Understanding the differences that biological gender plays...

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Addiction and Homelessness,

Addiction and Homelessness

They say addiction does not discriminate, and it’s true that addiction can happen to anyone and is difficult for anybody to navigate, even with the best support and access to a wide range of resources. At Safe Harbor Recovery Center, we recognize that for people who are struggling with homelessness...

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Spirituality and Recovery, How Spirituality Can Enhance Recovery, What is Spirituality?, How Does Spirituality Connect to Recovery?

How Spirituality Can Enhance Recovery

Spirituality is not required to get sober. Every person has a unique recovery journey, and many people prefer not to incorporate a spiritual component into theirs. Others, however, feel that it is immensely helpful to their sustained recovery to look beyond their daily lives to a higher purpose and power....

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Alcohol Use Disorder, Risk Factors of Alcohol Use Disorder, minorities with substance use disorders, Racial Disparities in Addiction

Racial Disparities in Addiction

It can be difficult for anyone to receive treatment for substance use disorder in the United States; however, it is even harder for minorities to get the help they need to recover. At Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, we continuously work to increase the cultural competency of our...

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Codependence and Recovery, How Toxic Romances Threaten Recovery, Codependency in Recovery

Tainted Love: How Toxic Romances Threaten Recovery

Getting sober and entering a recovery mindset requires a great deal of self-reflection on the choices you are making in your life. One of these choices is who you want to have around you and especially what type of romantic partner you may want in your life. At Safe Harbor...

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