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Benefits of Having a Sober Summer Vacation

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Colin Moore Colin Moore read more Published: June 15, 2021 Updated: June 29, 2021 As the weather warms up and summer approaches, you probably want to start planning get-togethers and trips with friends. A lot of the time, summer plans might include food, fun–and alcohol. But if…

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Can Alcohol Use Make PTSD Symptoms Worse?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Beth Dunlap Beth Dunlap read more Published: June 8, 2021 Updated: June 29, 2021 PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is often accompanied by feelings of helplessness, suicidal thoughts, depression, self-harm, and anxiety. Those symptoms occur due to various traumatic experiences ranging from emotional, physical, verbal, mental, or sexual…

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How the Partial Hospitalization Process Works

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Beth Dunlap Beth Dunlap read more Published: May 5, 2021 Updated: May 26, 2021 Seeking help for mental health or substance use issues can be one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. Choosing to go through treatment and work towards long-term recovery is an important…

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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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Addiction Stigmas

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: June 16, 2020 Updated: June 18, 2020 When you battle with substance abuse, you not only deal with the pain of drug use but of addiction stigmas, as well. Stigma consists of the negative perceptions that people and society have about something. However, stigma is also an…