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Drug of Choice or Drugs Were My Choice?

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People in recovery always ask “what was your drug of choice?” Go to any rehab or detox and that’ll be the second question you’re asked after your name. Look around at who people hang out with in treatment, it’s not by gender, not by age, it’s not by geography, it’s not about race, it’s about […]

Alcohol Use Recovery Resurrects Dead Memory Cells

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We now know that the brain is more like Silly Putty than stone. Yes, our brain cells are very much like lightbulbs and when they are browning-out or busted, they are browning-out or busted for life. Unless a person gets focused and motivated enough to enter a recovery program for opioids, alcohol, or overeating, more […]

The Serenity Mantra

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The Serenity prayer, or serenity mantra is the key to verbally reminding yourself to focus on changing what is in your control, and letting go of what is not. One of the most cherished pieces of advice from self-help groups and rehabs is the Serenity Mantra: “Universe (God), grant me the serenity to accept the […]

Cultivate a Healthy Selfishness

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Selfishness has an undeniable negative connotation. However, there exists a plane of selfishness— a range that includes both healthy actions and unhealthy actions resulting from the concept of being selfish. Sometimes, you must be selfish when it comes to putting yourself and your best interest above others in certain situations; while this is true, selfishness […]

ADHD & Addiction: Why is ADHD missed in Girls & Women?

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Attention deficit frequently contributes to a series of random poor decisions which can and often do accelerate the evolution and escalation of addiction, repetitive self-defeating and/or self-destructive behavior. If attention deficit did not predate the use of a gateway drug and drug of choice, it is certainly likely to floridly appear during detoxification and rehabilitation. […]

Is Kombucha Okay to Drink in Recovery?

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Drinking kombucha in recovery is somewhat of a gray area decision, because of the alcohol content versus the health benefits. Many substances exist that sit somewhere along the line that separates what’s “okay” or what’s “not okay” for someone to use in addiction recovery. These substances include: kratom, kava, Khat, gabapentin (prescription medication), other “technically […]

Addiction Treatment: Common Co-Occuring Disorders

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It is common for guests with a substance use disorder to also be suffering from a co-occuring disorder. At Royal Life Centers at the Haven, we are experienced in treating guests who suffer with a dual diagnosis. Upon arrival to our facilities, each guest will undergo an assessment for their symptoms and evaluation for any […]

10 Tips for Meditation in a Drug Rehabilitation Center

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Meditating is powerful, as it promotes mindfulness and an overall improved well-being. In recovery from addiction, we ask our guests to replace their bad habits with healthy ones— like meditation. It can seem hard to find your “happy place” or a zen state-of-mind if you are in a drug rehab treatment facility, however, meditation can […]

How To Improve Blood Circulation in Medical Detox

The human body has roughly 60,000 miles of blood vessels within it. These blood vessels, in combination with your heart and other muscles comprise the circulatory system of the body. When circulation is poor, it blocks the blood from flowing freely through the body, inhibiting cells from getting the oxygen and nutrients they need. What […]

How To Change Your Mindset When Recovering from Substance Use Disorder

The Power of Positive Thinking The power of thinking positively makes an overwhelming difference. Practicing to see the positive aspects in each situation gives you a feeling of gratitude rather than focusing on the negatives and feeling sad. If you want to change your mindset when recovering from substance use disorder, it could be much […]