Addiction in Utah

5 Ways to Stop Making the Same Mistakes in Addiction Recovery
5 Ways to Stop Making the Same Mistakes in Addiction Recovery

Recovery from addiction is not a straight line. Nearly everyone has slip-ups, setbacks, and relapses. Everyone has bad days when they feel like they can’t possibly last much longer in recovery. When these setbacks happen, whether it’s something relatively small like losing your temper or something more serious like a relapse, the important thing is…

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Committing to Our Recovery
Committing to Our Recovery

Living with addiction, we have not been committed to our own well-being for quite some time. For many of us, our own health has not been a priority for many years, even decades, of our lives. Our focus and energy have gone predominantly to maintaining our addictions, to covering our tracks so people aren’t suspicious,…

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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

The third week in January is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, or NDAFW. It was started by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA, to push back against the misinformation about drugs and alcohol that teens learn from TV, movies, music, friends, and random people on the internet. During NDAFW, people…

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How Does Addiction Affect Our Children?
How Does Addiction Affect Our Children?

For many of us struggling with addiction, our fears that our children are being affected by our addiction can be a major catalyst for us to finally get the help we need. We worry that our issues are adversely affecting our children, even when we try as hard as we can to keep them separate…

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5 Ways to Beat Social Media Addiction
5 Ways to Beat Social Media Addiction

Social media addiction has been much in the news lately. While experts agree that calling obsessive social media use an addiction is hyperbolic, especially considering the damage that substance addictions can do to your life, excessive social media use is still a cause for concern. Many studies have now found associations between social media use…

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How Do Drug Courts Work?
How Do Drug Courts Work?

Drug courts are courts specifically for drug-related offences. Defendants who end up in drug court will have the option of entering treatment or beginning a 12-step program in exchange for a dropped or reduced sentence. They agree to the terms of drug court rulings, which typically include periodic drug tests to ensure the defendant is…

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Why Athletes May Be Vulnerable to Addiction
Why Athletes May Be Vulnerable to Addiction

There are many aspects of sports that would seem to protect you from addiction. Regular exercise improves your mood, emotional regulation, and self-control, protecting against the depression and anxiety that often lead to substance use. Team sports add an element of social connection and a sense of belonging that can also protect against addiction. Perhaps…

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Should You Share Your Addiction History?
Should You Share Your Addiction History?

For most people in addiction recovery, their instinct is to keep it to themselves. They may have become quite comfortable talking about their active addiction history with a therapist, group, and certain family members, but they are usually aware that addiction, especially to drugs like cocaine, meth, or heroin, is beyond the ken of most…

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3 Tips for Atheists and Agnostics in Addiction Recovery
3 Tips for Atheists and Agnostics in Addiction Recovery

There are many faith-based roads to recovery. Most famously, AA and other 12-step programs involve turning your life over to a higher power. These programs have helped a lot of people. This is because belief in a higher power addresses two of the biggest needs of people in addiction recovery. The first is the need…

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What’s the Difference Between Addiction and Dependence?
What’s the Difference Between Addiction and Dependence?

“Addiction” and “dependence” are often used interchangeably to mean someone can’t stop using a substance. Sometimes “dependence” is used when a term with a more clinical sound than “addiction” is needed, but now the preferred term is “substance use disorder.” While addiction and dependence are closely related, they are not quite the same. “Dependence” or…

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