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Substance dependency and recovery

Stages of Addiction Recovery – What to Expect

Recognizing the various stages of the recovery process offers valuable perspective and readiness to face its challenges. This article aims to thoroughly examine each phase of addiction recovery, providing essential advice on what individuals might encounter and strategies for effectively managing these experiences.

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Understanding Addiction – A Compassionate Approach

Our approach goes beyond treating the symptoms; we delve into understanding addiction, its causes, and its impact on the individual and their loved ones. Our goal is to provide a nurturing environment that fosters healing, understanding, and lasting change.

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Creating a Healthier Future with Step Away

We understand that recovery doesn't end with the completion of a treatment program. Our aftercare services are crucial for maintaining sobriety and minimizing the risk of relapse.

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Opioid Addiction in South Africa – A Growing Concern

Opioids are highly addictive substances. Even when used as prescribed, they carry a risk of dependence due to their potent effects on the brain's reward system. The risk of addiction increases significantly when these drugs are used in a manner not intended by a healthcare provider.

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Understanding Marijuana Addiction

While marijuana is often considered less addictive than substances like alcohol, opioids, or stimulants, it is not entirely without risk. Approximately 9% of people who use marijuana will become addicted to it. This number increases to about 17% for those who start using it in their teens.

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Embracing Personal Recovery – Your Journey, Your Truth

While NA meetings provide a supportive community and a space for individuals to share their experiences, it is important to remember that what works for one person may not work for another. Recognizing and honoring our individuality is essential for maintaining our own recovery journey.

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Self-Compassion in Recovery Learning to Love and Accept Yourself

Self-compassion involves treating oneself with kindness, understanding, and non-judgment, even in the face of personal struggles and setbacks. It requires recognizing one's own suffering, acknowledging it, and responding with empathy and care.

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Empathy – Creating a Safe Space for Addiction Recovery

Contrary to common misconceptions, addiction is not a simple matter of willpower or a moral failing. It is a complex condition influenced by a variety of factors, including genetic predisposition, environmental triggers, and underlying emotional and psychological challenges.

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The Role of Shame in Addiction – Healing the Hidden Wounds

Shame is a complex emotion that arises when an individual believes they have failed to meet certain expectations, standards, or ideals. It is a deeply painful emotion that can be triggered by internal thoughts and beliefs, as well as external messages from others or society at large.

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The Role of Trauma in Addiction

Up to two-thirds of individuals with addiction have experienced some form of trauma in their lives. Because trauma can be such a significant factor in addiction, addressing trauma is a critical part of successful addiction treatment.

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