How to Get Back on Track After Relapse

If you’ve just had a relapse and you’re researching what to do after relapse, you should feel incredibly proud. You’re not in denial, and you’re not hiding your head in the sand. Addiction is a chronic disease. That means that even when you go to rehab and get your symptoms under control, it’s not cured in the way an infection can be cured with antibiotics.

Substance use disorders occur for a mixture of genetic, environmental, and social reasons. It’s highly complex, but often a compulsion to numb or alter your consciousness comes from deep-rooted trauma.

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12 Steps of AA and NA Explained in Simple Terms

Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are the oldest and best-regarded methods of addiction treatment. Even according to scientific trials, AA is the most effective way of overcoming a substance abuse disorder. Many rehab programs and therapy methods are inspired by the style and content of AA treatment programs.

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What Can Speed Up My Recovery?

The road to recovery is long and often frustrating. Addicts often have high expectations for themselves and want to rush headlong into stages they’re not yet ready for. To make steady, consistent progress, however, there are ways to boost yourself and see progress that in the long run will put you ahead.

Have a Strong Support System

There is nothing worse than being alone when you are an addict. The more you isolate yourself, the more you can only turn to your addiction for relief—but that fact also makes the opposite just as true.

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  Scripture for Depression

While the struggles of this world are minor compared to the love God has for us, He’s also left us His word for guidance, hope, and healing. A common mental illness that plagues millions of Americans of all backgrounds is depression. Depression (major depressive disorder) is a mental illness that negatively impacts a person’s feelings, thoughts, and actions. Depression causes extreme feelings of sadness, emptiness, and hopelessness, often which manifest themselves into physical ailments. As a center that provides faith-based mental health care, we wanted to share some scripture for depression that can help you or a loved one enjoy a happy life.

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All Emotions Welcome: Why Emotions are Okay

There’s no such thing as good emotions and bad emotions—they’re all what makes us human. Here’s why we should reevaluate how we view and treat emotions.

As a society, we don’t try to hide the simple fact that we don’t like emotions. We view them as weak, as troublesome and useless, specifically if they are termed “negative.” They get in the way of our everyday lives. As a result, we do not express what we feel but instead suppress our emotions.

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PTSD and Addiction: What’s the Link?

Here, we know firsthand that many people struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  PTSD and addiction are all too prevalent in today’s chaotic and unpredictable society. Why do they seem bonded together, though? 

The effects of PTSD make people feel as if life is spiraling out of control. Turning to drugs or alcohol can seem to offer a quick escape. Unfortunately, this way of coping often leads to alcohol dependence or drug addiction, which leads down an even darker path.

The good news is that if you or a loved one is struggling with this condition, you’re not alone.

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Coping with Isolation During Recovery

When recovering from an addiction or a substance abuse disorder, it can feel like a lonely and isolating experience, to say the least. Whether you feel as though no one understands you or you’re experiencing relationship fallout due to your addiction, it’s easy to feel alone.

Isolation is a common trigger for relapse, leading you back to familiar coping mechanisms through self-medicating. However, there are plenty of positive ways to effectively manage these feelings while maintaining your sobriety.

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Higher Power: Can Faith Really Help You Get Through Rehab?

Belief in a higher power, something beyond yourself, can be of critical importance during treatment for addiction. The purpose of connecting to this belief in recovery is to help you understand that you don’t have to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders alone: A ‘Being’ who is bigger, stronger, and completely trustworthy is there to lighten your burden. 

But, what do people mean when they talk about a “higher power?”

The higher power definition from Merriam-Webster indicates a spirit or entity with super-human strength, power, and knowledge. The concept of this higher being is one of perfection. This isn’t an entity that is bound by the same natural laws and limitations as humans.

While this power doesn’t have to be religious, Holdfast Recovery believes that God is the only higher power you need. We’ve witnessed the transformations that belief in God can have first hand, that’s why our Christian-based treatment program focuses on helping clients build a strong personal relationship between themselves and Jesus.

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Bible Verses for Anger Management

Everyone gets angry sometimes.

It’s normal. But many people struggle with a constant feeling of anger and rage, either towards themselves or others. When left unchecked, these feelings can lead us to do things that we later regret. People in addiction recovery often struggle with anger because they are ashamed or upset at themselves for their past behavior. As a Christian drug rehab, we understand that to overcome guilt and shame, you must address feelings like anger head-on. To help those in recovery from addiction and battling with anger, we’re sharing some of the best Bible verses for anger management.

What the Bible Says About Anger

According to the Bible, anger occurs when our desires rule us. These desires can include love, fear, hope, longing, respect, control, and more. When any desire, even well-intentioned ones, takes precedence over our desire to please God, things get out of hand. When our desires take over and aren’t met, we become angry.

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Is Drug Addiction Genetic?

For ages, communities have struggled with the complex issue of drug addiction, which has left a path of destruction in its wake. While there are many factors that contribute to addiction, one that has long perplexed scientists and academics is whether this harmful habit has a genetic component. Does the occurrence of addiction in families suggest a hereditary predisposition? Can we link certain genes to addictive tendencies? Investigating the complex link between genetics and drug addiction helps us to understand the fundamental causes of this condition and may have implications for prevention, treatment, and stigma reduction. Faith in Recovery explores the fascinating query: Is drug addiction genetic?

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