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The Benefits of CrossFit for Addiction Recovery
We’ve all heard – many times – how important exercise is to our health. And yet, many people avoid it like the plague. For those whose body has been ravaged by substance abuse, it may seem that getting fit is an especially far-off goal. So it might surprise you to learn that not only is physical activity appropriate as part of a drug and alcohol treatment regimen, it’s one of the pillars of lifelong sobriety. But what if you hate exercise? May we suggest that you don’t hate exercise, you hate BORING exercise? Exercise Should Be Fun and Empowering With more than 20 years ...

Expert Corner: How Do You Deal with an Addicted Parent?
My wife’s mother is in her 70s and is constantly bouncing between hospitals, inpatient facilities, and various rooms-for-rent. She only seems to be able to stay sober for a month at a time. My wife is in her 40s and has been affected by her mom’s addictions for almost her entire life. She has somehow managed to become a responsible adult and loving parent. And not an addict. Her mother has stayed with us a few times since our four year marriage. It always starts with her sober and us having strict rules, but it always ends badly and explosively, ...

The Dangers of Mixing Methadone and Benzodiazepines
Legal medications like methadone often serve as a replacement for other opioids in drug treatment programs. Generally, doctors don’t prescribe benzodiazepines, like Xanax or Valium, with methadone because they both inhibit the same area of the brain that tells your lungs to keep breathing while you sleep. It’s common for people who mix the two to fall asleep and never wake up. The Dangers of Mixing Methadone with Benzodiazepines Methadone is an opioid medication that is used as a pain reliever and is sometimes prescribed by doctors to reduce withdrawal symptoms in those who are addicted to narcotics. As with all legal ...

How to Use Essential Oils to Help with Meditation
Sometimes it can be difficult to calm your body and quiet your mind enough to sit still and meditate. Thankfully, there are several essential oils that can help you relax and enjoy a peaceful meditation practice. Not only can they ease stress and help you feel more grounded, they smell great too! Below is an infographic on five essential oils that help with meditation. But first, if you’ve never used essential oils, you may be wondering what they are and how you would use them in a meditation session. Table of Contents Infographic: Essential Oils that Help with Meditation What Are Essential Oils and ...

Expert Corner: Does LSD Permanently Rewire Your Brain?
Ever since I dropped LSD a few times, music just makes cry, like 2-5 times a month, sometimes even more. I’m not complaining. It feels amazing to feel the emotion in the music. But some people say that trips like that permanently mess up your brain’s wiring or make you numb. Is that true?   There has been a ton of research done on the effects of LSD and the dangers associated with taking it, so I won’t repeat that here. But the short answer is that there are potential long-term consequences, particularly from prolonged usage. Anything that severely affects the mind ...

Outpatient Addiction Treatment After Inpatient Care
What happens after you leave a treatment center is just as important as what you experienced inside. Your decisions, the people you interact with, and everyday surroundings may challenge you. Having a structured post-treatment aftercare program with partners you can count on will make your transition easier as you create the life you truly want for yourself. Transforming for Long-Term Recovery Transformation begins the day you make the choice to fight your addiction and take charge of your destiny. The best addiction program doesn’t just get you off drugs. Instead, you’re offered a truly natural and holistic approach that heals mind, body, ...