Know Your Why Recovery welcomes author and Dadmented founder Craig Lucas. Craig has been generous enough to share his story of trauma, music, mental illness, fatherhood, and redemption. Read below for more.
Every May, in the United States, Mental Health Awareness Month is recognized. Read below for more information and resources.
Quitting smoking or vaping? Trying to stop alcohol or other drug use? Have you heard of the 4 Ds?
The 4 Ds for cravings are most widely used for management of nicotine/tobacco cravings, however, many have applied them successfully to manage cravings for all types of substance use. Below is some basic information about the 4 Ds and then our YouTube video discussing the 4 Ds in more detail. Enjoy and remember to subscribe to our channel for more content like this.
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We have created a new playlist, Relaxation and Meditation. This playlist will provide video/audio meant to be a calming experience or function as background noise, such as the lovely sounds of a running stream.
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Head on over to our newest YouTube post for Know Your Term Episode 8. In this episode we will explore Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), what it means, what are the benefits, and general information about it. Don’t have a ton of time? No worries! The video in under three minutes long.
Everyone experiences stress. Stress can come from positive experiences and changes, as well as, negative experiences or changes. The existence of stress is not necessarily problematic, in fact, stress has many functions including helping you to avoid real threats, motivation, to help you focus, and improve performance. Experiencing high levels of stress over long periods of time is what is dangerous to our mental and physical well being. You can read more about the purpose and effects of stress from WebMD here.
Keeping that in mind, it makes sense for us to manage our stress levels to ensure our physical and mental well being. The following are some tips you can utilize to help manage stress:
Head on over to our newest YouTube postfor Know Your Term Episode 7. In this episode we will explore what a substance use disorder is and how it is diagnosed as per the DSM-5 criteria. Stay tuned for a future Know Your Term where we may revisit substance use disorders criteria in even simpler terms.
The holiday season is a special time of year. This period of time is often meant to be joyous, celebratory, and uplifting, but the reality of it is holidays can be difficult and trying times…and that even without adding trying to maintain positive recovery. The gatherings, the temptation, the triggers, the mixed emotions, dealing with family. All of these situations are incredibly stressful. How can we survive, no thrive, during the holiday season? Below are some tips.
This episode of Know Your Term focuses on the phrase HALT. Be aware if you are feeling hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. This concept which is shared often in 12 step meetings and treatment programs is critical in the relapse prevention process. When we feel these states we tend to be more likely to engage in impulsive or destructive behaviors. This increases our risk for relapse in our substance use, other addictive behaviors, and mental illness.
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September has been designated National Recovery Month and National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. For more information on each, please continue reading.