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5 Reasons Why Men Hide Their Depression

Although cultural norms have started to shift, many men in the United States and around the world are taught from a young age to suppress their emotions, which is why depression among men is so underdiagnosed. Men are much less likely than women to seek treatment for all mental health disorders, especially depression. In fact, many men [...]

2019-01-11T16:16:51+00:00November 9th, 2018|

How to Parent Your Adult Child

Parents never stop being parents, even as children grow up, get jobs, move out and have families of their own. As a parent, you’re committed to your child’s success, regardless of their age, and you can’t help but feel affected when he or she is struggling. You’ve spent your life teaching your child the skills [...]

2019-01-11T16:16:51+00:00November 9th, 2018|

The Correlation Between Stress and Addiction

We all deal with stress. Some of us might even enjoy the excitement a little stress can add to our lives. But when stress is combined with poor coping skills, it increases the likelihood of addiction by making a person respond to stress more impulsively or by self-medicating. The Difference Between Good and Bad Stress [...]

2019-01-11T16:16:51+00:00November 9th, 2018|

4 Pressures Men Face–And How They Can Lead to Addiction

Both genders feel pressure to keep quiet about their problems, but this pressure is exceptionally strong for men, and it presents a slippery slope. Men are not immune to pressures related to self-image, work and emotions, so when they’re facing challenges or struggling with negative feelings, they may turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms like self-medication, [...]

2019-01-11T16:16:51+00:00November 9th, 2018|

What Is Powerlessness? Step One of the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

“We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable.” That’s Step 1 of the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, and as anyone who is active in the 12-Step community will tell you, admitting powerlessness is far from a sign of defeat. Step 1: The First Step Toward a Solution We [...]

2019-01-11T16:16:51+00:00November 9th, 2018|

Is There Such a Thing as Drinking in Moderation?

Some people who struggle with alcohol use disorder may wonder if there is such a thing as drinking in moderation. Although total abstinence seems to be the only option in the recovery setting, is it possible for someone who has exhibited addictive behaviors and struggled with alcoholism to control their drinking through moderation? There are [...]

2019-01-11T16:16:51+00:00November 9th, 2018|

What Is Integrated Treatment?

At Immersion Recovery, we are committed to healing the whole person: mind, body and spirit. We employ integrated treatment throughout our continuum of care because it affords our clients the opportunity to experience total healing and sustainable recovery outcomes. By combining evidence-based clinical therapies with alternative, complementary treatments as they relate to the fundamentals of the 12-step [...]

2019-01-11T16:16:51+00:00November 9th, 2018|

How to Find the Best Sponsor to Support Your Recovery

If you’re committed to staying clean and sober, you need a sponsor. But finding your first sponsor can be a little intimidating. Many people early in recovery are leery of relationships with new people, especially a relationship as significant as the sponsor/sponsee one. Putting your trust into someone you don’t know may feel strange at [...]

2019-01-11T16:16:51+00:00November 9th, 2018|

Confronting Character Flaws in Recovery

Humans are flawed by default. At the very least, each of us has several minor character flaws and a few major ones. For most people, our major flaws will cause the most trouble. When our imperfections start to negatively affect ourselves or other people, that’s cause for concern. It’s critical for those in recovery to [...]

2019-01-11T16:16:51+00:00November 9th, 2018|

6 Elements of a Quality Aftercare Plan

Recovery is a lifelong journey, and something you’ll have to work toward every day to maintain. A good aftercare plan that helps you stay focused and on track in your recovery is critical, because relapse rates are between 40 and 60% after treatment, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The best plan for life after treatment contains [...]

2019-01-11T16:16:51+00:00November 9th, 2018|
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