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The Link Between Traumatic Childhood Experiences and Substance Use Disorder

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 24, 2018 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, Compulsive Behavior

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Ever feel like your childhood experiences are still influencing the decisions you make today? Whether you’re a social drinker looking to cut down, or involved in more heavy consumption of alcohol and searching for the answers to recovery, the experiences you went through as a child might be holding you back from sobriety. Let’s look at the link between childhood experiences and substance use disorder, and how you can start to address these today.

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Their Substance Use Disorder is Affecting Your Family

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 19, 2018 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Addiction, Alcohol, For Family Members, Drugs

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You might not think that your loved one’s substance use disorder is a family business, but their struggles are a complex battle that come with very real consequences to your family.  Substance use disorder is often referred to as a family disease, which is true both from a genetic and social point of view. 

You might already understand that there are physical, mental and societal challenges that come with substance use disorders and that jeopardize your family’s well-being. Let’s take a closer look at the true impact substance use disorder could be having on your family:

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How Can I De-stress Without Drinking Alcohol?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 13, 2018 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Addiction, Alcohol

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Stressful situations are inevitable and real, so how do you keep your calm when you feel overwhelmed and more is being demanded of you than you can really handle? Stress levels are rising and a report revealed that more adults are experiencing extreme levels of stress than the previous year. Though many will find it easy to reach for the bottle, alcohol itself causes stress and only provides a temporary relief. So how can you relax without alcohol? Here are some tips to help you unwind without a glass of wine.

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Celebrating Recovery Milestones

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 07, 2018 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Sober Living, Positive Recovery, SMART Recovery

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Recovery Month is just around the corner and we at Aquila Recovery would like to encourage you to get involved and celebrate your recovery milestones. You and/or your loved ones have worked hard to get to this point and that deserves to be celebrated.

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This is Why Drinking Actually Makes You Feel More Stressed Out

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 31, 2018 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Addiction, Alcohol

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If you pine for a cold one, a decantered one, or one on the rocks after a busy day at the office, you’re not alone. Modern professionals have increasing pressures, a shortage of time to properly de-stress and are bombarded with messaging that having a drink is the most appropriate way to wind down, take the stress off and relax. But is having a drink really the best way to reduce stress?

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The Role of Denial in Addiction Treatment

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 06, 2018 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Addiction, treatment program

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Denial. Most issues in life start with some sort of denial and if you want to make a change in your life you need to face the issue and stop denying that it is there. This is true for dealing with trauma, for substance use disorder and for any change you want to make in your life. When it comes to treatment for substance use disorder, denial is a significant contributor to your success (or lack thereof).

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12 Tips for a Successful SMART Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2018 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Sober Living, SMART Recovery

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The road to recovery is not always smooth and relapses are not desirable, but they are a natural part of the addiction recovery process. Despite this, it is important to remember that there are certain factors that can improve the success of your SMART Recovery Journey and likelihood of long-term sobriety.

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12-Steps Program vs. Smart Recovery: Choosing What Fits

[fa icon="calendar'] May 18, 2018 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Addiction, SMART Recovery, treatment program

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Treatment for substance use disorder comes in many forms and understanding the options available can often help you take the first steps towards recovery and forming better lifelong habits. While there’s a myriad of options available, let’s take a look two programs that are particularly popular during sobriety journeys and how you might choose between them.

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The Power of Setting Smart Goals for Addiction Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 24, 2018 / by Bobby Coffey posted in SMART Recovery

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Goal setting is necessary in life and is no exception to substance use recovery. Goals represent your vision and goal setting plots the road map to take you there. SMART Goals test the effectiveness of your goals and they fuel your dreams and awaken them to life. It is the first step towards achieving your dreams. Here is why you should consider setting smart goals in your recovery journey.

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Johnny Allem Publishes Book “Say the Second Thing”

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 17, 2018 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Positive Recovery

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The leading recovery advocate in the modern era, Aquila Recovery founder Johnny Allem published “Say the Second Thing” book. Conveyed in a contemporary voice of a highly experienced helper the book provides proven, realistic and thoughtful tools one can use to address day-to-day situations people face in early addiction recovery, i.e. the first three years.

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