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Making Sense of Sobriety

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 28, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 What is sobriety? According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the definition of sobriety is simply not being intoxicated. Furthermore, the manual explains that sobriety is more about the absence of drinking problems, not about abstinence.…

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What is Recovery Coaching?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 20, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 People who struggle with addiction and complete a rehab program are at risk of future relapses. Aftercare and support are important aspects of recovery and maintaining sobriety. While someone might feel strong and committed to sobriety immediately after completing a…

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3 Advantages of Men’s Only Rehab Programs

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 5, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 Men’s only rehab programs offer care specifically tailored to men struggling with addiction or substance abuse. While all rehab programs aim to help people overcome addiction, gender-specific treatment programs are different in approaching addiction treatment. Men and women face different…

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Life In Recovery

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: June 21, 2020 Updated: June 18, 2020 If you are starting down the pathway to healing from drug addiction, then you may be wondering just what life in recovery may be like. You probably don’t know what to expect. It’s normal to feel a bit apprehensive about…

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Defining Rehab Counseling

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: January 4, 2020 Updated: February 4, 2020 Defining rehab counseling as a form of therapy designed to guide someone as they transition from addiction to recovery.   Rehab counselors work with clients who have an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Once a person gets out of detox,…

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Detoxing from Alcohol

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: December 2, 2019 Updated: January 22, 2020 Detoxing from alcohol is a necessary step in rehab. Detox gives you a chance to clean out your system, allowing your body to heal slowly. It is both a physical and mental process in which you experience withdrawal symptoms and…

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When Does a Young Adult Need Rehab?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: November 13, 2019 Updated: April 28, 2021 Making the decision to get your son or daughter help with a drug addiction or alcohol addiction is simply not easy to do. When does a young adult need rehab, and when can a parent “fix” the problem? The key…

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Benefits of Gendered Rehab

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: November 3, 2019 Updated: November 26, 2019 The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports there are more men than women receiving treatment for substance use disorders. Women may have different substance use disorder histories than men, and they can also experience different co-occurring disorders including depression and…

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Preparing for Life After Rehab

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: October 23, 2019 Updated: January 13, 2021 It takes so much courage to admit that you have a problem. And as the saying goes, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” The road of recovery is long, and at times, difficult. We would all love…