Tag: holistic recovery

Exercise and the Brain

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Apart from fitness, physical exercise also has beneficial effects on the brain. A regular routine of aerobic exercise can improve memory, thinking, skills, moods and have protective effects against aging, injuries and neurodegenerative disorders. It is noteworthy that these effects are specific to aerobic exercise, the kind of exercise that accelerates heart and respiratory rate …

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Is It Depression?

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Depression is about much more than sadness. But even if your idea of depression also includes things like hopelessness or apathy, what about irritability or anger?  Does depression make you think of overwhelming guilt?  What about memory loss? Because those are all symptoms, too. There’s a lot we still don’t understand about depression, especially when …

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Sober…with Feelings

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Positive feelings like love or joy can make us feel more vibrant and alive.  However, anger, frustration and resentment can leave us overwhelmed and create stumbling blocks to progress in our recovery. This is particularly true when we have extreme feelings that we cannot seem to let go. Feelings of anger, resentment, and shame often …

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What Does Being ‘Codependent’ Actually Mean?

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So what does it really mean to be codependent?  If you ask a dozen different therapists you’re liable to get a dozen different answers, which is why codependency is so difficult to understand.  Codependents have been given a bad rap. They are often described as emotional manipulators and controlling, but the truth is codependents are …

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What Constitutes A Relapse?

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Relapse occurs when a once abstinent individual ingests a substance in order to get high, experience euphoria or blot out feelings and consciousness, whatever the reason. So, when it come to relapse, intent is everything. Some difference of opinion however, exists between different 12-step groups as to the precise meaning of a relapse. Two common …

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Symptoms of Depression

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Many of symptoms of depression are also common parts of normal life.  As a result, patients and their families may find it difficult to understand or recognize it as a mental disorder. However, key differences in the duration, causes and strength of symptoms can distinguish between feeling down and having depression. A person’s prevailing emotions …

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