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How to Deal with Addiction Cravings to Avoid Relapse

How to Deal with Addiction Cravings to Avoid Relapse

Addiction cravings are a part of recovery and can quickly lead to relapse. Read these tips to deal with addiction cravings and stay in recovery.

If you have ever suffered from any kind of addiction, then you know that dealing with addiction cravings to avoid relapse isn’t easy. It’s an overwhelming feeling of need that feels like it can only be satisfied by going back to your addiction. I know how it feels – in early sobriety, I had intense addiction cravings that felt all-consuming. I had to learn to deal with them, or I was in danger of relapsing. For me, learning how to deal with the addiction craving was the key to avoiding relapse.

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Introduction to Misti Kuykendall, Author of ‘Debunking Addiction’

Introduction to Misti Kuykendall, Author of ‘Debunking Addiction’

Misti Kuykendall, new author of "Debunking Addiction," talks about her addictions to alcohol and meth and how she wants to help other addicts. My name is Misti Kuykendall and I’m a new author on Debunking Addiction. I am a recovered alcoholic and methamphetamine (meth) addict. At the early age of 13, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. For more than a decade, I used alcohol to ease my symptoms of mania and meth to ease depressive symptoms.

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Regret in Addiction Recovery Doesn’t Have to Lead to Relapse

Regret in Addiction Recovery Doesn’t Have to Lead to Relapse

Regret in addiction recovery can be a dangerous emotion that leads to relapse. But there are healthy ways to put regret behind you for good. Here's how.

Overcoming regret in addiction recovery can feel impossible because when a person is in active addiction, he or she tends to repeat the same mistakes over and over. I’ve been there, I know the guilt, shame and embarrassment that accompany regret, and I know how important it is to find a way to overcome it. It’s important because regret can be a huge obstacle to people getting better and a huge risk for relapse. That happened to me, too. I wasn’t able to deal with my regret and that caused me to go back out and drink – time and time again. Since then, I have learned that even though regret is painful, dealing with it is part of the recovery process and healing. It is possible to overcome regret in addiction recovery, even if it isn’t easy.

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Addiction Recovery Apps You Should Be Using

Addiction Recovery Apps You Should Be Using

These addiction recovery apps enhance your addiction recovery. Find support, encouragement, information, and more in these helpful addiction recovery apps.

Addiction recovery apps are some of the newest mental health apps that could help you in recovery. Today, there are more and more mobile applications for those in addiction recovery that are designed to address a number of needs. I’ve tried many of them over the years, found some of them to be really helpful, and I’ve continued to use a handful of them. I thought that I would share some of the addiction recovery apps that I think you should try.

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What Is a Dry Drunk in Addiction Recovery?

What Is a Dry Drunk in Addiction Recovery?

Dry drunks are sober, but they act the same way they did in active addiction. These dry drunk symptoms will shed some light on who's a dry drunk and what to do.

If you spend any time at all in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), you will likely hear the term “dry drunk” referring to someone who is in addiction recovery and, in fact, still sober. I didn’t understand the term until I had been in the program for a while. I wondered to myself how could someone be a drunk when they were remaining sober. However, I learned that sobriety isn’t the same as recovery and a dry drunk is sober, but not actively recovering from his or her addiction.

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Using H.A.L.T. to Avoid Triggers in Addiction Recovery

Using H.A.L.T. to Avoid Triggers in Addiction Recovery

Using HALT to avoid triggers in addiction recovery eases the recovery process. Learn to recognize when you feel hungry, angry, lonely, or tired here.

One of the most important ways I have learned to deal with triggers in addiction recovery is using the H.A.L.T. acronym. If you have been to treatment for addiction, then you likely know what I am talking about. H.A.L.T. stands for hungry, angry, lonely, tired and it refers to the things that you should pay attention to when you are feeling restless, irritable or discontent. What I have learned is that when I am feeling that way, it’s probably that I am hungry, angry, lonely or tired, and that if I address the underlying feeling, then I feel better. Using H.A.L.T. in addiction recovery is a simple way to avoid triggers and get to the heart of what’s really bothering you.

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Why Forgiveness in Addiction Recovery Is Important

Why Forgiveness in Addiction Recovery Is Important

There are many reasons that forgiveness helps recovering addicts maintain healthy and happy recovery, but how do you do it? Learn tips about how to forgive.

Forgiveness in my addiction recovery is important for my emotional and spiritual health. Addiction recovery takes much more than just going through the treatment process to become whole again, but it did provide me with the tools necessary to live a life that is free of alcohol. When I completed treatment four-and-a-half years ago, I had to put those tools to work and still have to remain vigilant to keep my recovery alive and successful. In treatment, I learned about addiction, triggers, relapse prevention, and the need for honesty, acceptance, and gratitude. However, there was another key element that has furthered my addiction recovery progress even more – forgiveness.

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What Are Your Addiction Recovery Tools?

What Are Your Addiction Recovery Tools?

Addiction recovery isn’t easy, but it can be much less difficult when you figure out which addiction recovery tools work best for you. Having recovery tools that you are familiar with and that you know work when you’re struggling, is the key to successful addiction recovery (Coping Skills for Mental Health and Wellbeing). For me, there are several tools that I turn to when I am having a hard time or feeling down. I’d like to share the ones that work for me and then find out which addiction recovery tools work for you. 

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Setting Limits in Addiction Recovery: My Goodbye to Debunking Addiction

Setting Limits in Addiction Recovery: My Goodbye to Debunking Addiction

Learning to set limits in addiction recovery is vital for overall wellness (Applying Addiction Lessons When We Need a Hiatus). In knowing my own limitations, I have decided it is best for my addiction recovery to say goodbye as an author of Debunking Addiction

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Does the Addictive Personality Exist?

Does the Addictive Personality Exist?

Is there an addictive personality? The most recent research involving the addictive personality concept indicates no single, addictive personality type exists (Addiction Symptoms: Signs of an Addict). However, certain groups of traits seem to indicate predisposition to addiction.

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