Your Guide to Coping Skills for Substance Abuse

Types Of Coping Skills

Substance abuse affects people of all ages from all walks of life — and while 10 percent of U.S. adults have drug use disorder at some point in their lives, 75 percent do not receive any form of treatment. Addiction is a brain disease, one that is closely linked to poor trauma and poor mental health. Although each individual is unique, many addicts begin using substances as a coping mechanism


Signs That You’re Enabling an Addict

How Do You Know When You’re Enabling Addiction?

“Enabling is helping a person in a way that feeds the dysfunction. Helping is being there for someone in a way that does not support the dysfunction.” — Dr. Noelle Nelson Addiction is a family disease. If you have a loved one that is suffering from addiction, you know this all too well. Whether a family member or friend is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, you know how challenging it


Fitness For Recovering Addicts: Working Out in Recovery

Staying Sober While On Vacation

While addiction falls under the umbrella of mental health disorders, there is no avoiding the fact that it severely impacts the body as well as the brain. Drugs and alcohol can cause damage to multiple essential systems, from the heart and blood vessels to the liver, pancreas and kidneys. Individuals who struggle with addiction are also known to neglect their health and wellness as they become completely focused on the


How Can I Let Go?

How Can I Let Go?

As the year begins to fade and a new one draws near, we often worry about what we have completed but end up focusing on what we have not. We didn’t get the grade we wanted in that class we took. We didn’t get the promotion we had hoped for. We didn’t check off each and every goal we made for ourselves at the beginning of the year. But, what


The Basics Of Mindfulness

The Basics Of Mindfulness

“Mindfulness is not designed to take you away from the difficulties in your life, but to help you accommodate them more comfortably,” Planet Mindful reminds their readers in an article titled, “Learning to live with yourself.” We’ll reiterate that because it is just so extremely important: mindfulness doesn’t take away your problems, it helps you deal with them.  If you’re going into mindfulness thinking you will be absolved of your problems, you’re


Can Stress Be Helpful?

Can Stress Be Helpful?

Stress is a tricky thing that we all deal with, especially during this time of year. There’s the hustle-bustle of the holiday season, then the stresses that the new year brings. During the holiday season, we struggle to get the family together and have a good time. We stress about these things more then we should. Then, once it’s over, there’s a vast, empty void. We try to fill that


What Are The Three Pillars Of CBT?

What Are The Three Pillars Of CBT?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a well-known type of talk therapy that can be beneficial for those with mental illnesses or substance use disorders. The goal of CBT is to help the individual understand how their thoughts impact their actions. There are three pillars of CBT, which are identification, recognition, and management. Read more below to learn more about the three pillars of CBT.  Identification The first pillar of CBT


What Are The 4 Horsemen?

What Are The 4 Horsemen?

The Gottman Institute has developed four signs that signal the end of a relationship, which they call The Four Horsemen. Here is an excerpt from their website, stating where the name came from: “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a metaphor depicting the end of times in the New Testament. They describe conquest, war, hunger, and death, respectively. We use this metaphor to describe communication styles that, according to our


DBT Skills: ACCEPTS

DBT Skills: ACCEPTS

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy that gives individuals the skills to practice mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation. Today, Pinnacle Recovery is going to focus on one specific distress tolerance tip: ACCEPTS.  To refresh your memory, ACCEPTS stands for Activities, Contributing, Comparisons, Emotions, Push away, Thoughts, and Sensation. You can use the ACCEPTS tip when you are struggling with managing your emotions at the moment and


DBT Skills: TIPP

DBT Skills: TIPP

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy that gives individuals the skills to practice mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation. Today, Pinnacle Recovery is going to focus on one specific distress tolerance skill: TIPP.  To jog your memory, TIPP stands for Temperature, Intense exercise, Paced breathing, and Paired muscle relaxation. TIPP is meant to help you at your lowest and most emotional place. Here are some things you


One Big Thing

One Big Thing

Oftentimes there are things that you can do that will make a difference in many different areas of your life. You may be looking to increase your physical health, but you also end up bettering your relationships in the process. There are multiple areas where you can improve just by doing one thing. Here are different areas of your life that you can work on improving: Physical health Mental health


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