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How Holiday Depression and Anxiety Relate to Recovery

According to the Center for Disease Control, over 25% of Americans report feeling more depressed during the holiday season. The top reasons for depression during the holidays are due to finances, strained familial relationships, grief, and loneliness. Depression is a direct contributing factor to increased alcohol and drug consumption during the holiday season. Since drinking…

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How to Experience More Gratitude in Addiction Recovery

Research has found that gratitude has many wide-ranging benefits. These include better mood, better physical health, better self-esteem, better sleep, and more resilience in the face of adversity. [https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier] Studies show that many of these positive outcomes are mediated by yet another benefit: better relationships. Strong relationships are the foundation of a strong recovery. Self-esteem,…