self medicating

Self-Medicating: Using Drugs and Alcohol for Depression

Self-Medicating and Its Impact

There is a large percentage of the population who chooses to self medicate depression. There are a variety of reasons why. Many say they didn't find the relief they needed with therapy or under doctor's care. For others, it's just easier.

Both prescription and illicit drugs have the ability to change the way a person feels, and this can be tempting for a person who feels smothered under the weight of depression.

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5 Self-Awareness Exercises that Promote Recovery

Habits can be helpful or hurtful. Many of my daily habits help to promote recovery on autopilot. Everything from making my bed in the morning and feeding my dog and reading my daily devotions with my first cup of coffee. I used to think these were the signs of a boring life, but today I realize that my former highly impulsive behavior was just trying to protect it's place in my life. My life can be highly fulfilling and exciting without the chaos of impulsive behavior. 
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Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida, Gracious Care Recovery will be using our Facebook Page for all updates.
We want the make sure the loved ones and friends of our clients will be kept in the loop.

We have been closely monitoring the storm for the past week and have plenty of food, water and supplies for clients and staff. If you are looking for updates on the storm's path or strength, please check the National Hurricane Center website. Our Facebook page will have periodic tracking information but will also be used to let you know we are all fine and whether we are experiencing any power outages, etc. during the storm.

Please know that we have weathered many storms here at Gracious Care and take every precaution for the safety of our clients and ourselves.

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12-Steps vs. SMART Recovery: Which Recovery Program Should You Choose?

Finding a recovery program be a tremendous support, especially as you transition back to life after addiction treatment. However, recovery isn't "one size fits all" so no one can really tell you what's going to end up being the right fit for you, or even if you have to use just one.

Let's look at the basics of SMART Recovery and the 12-Steps:

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addiction recovery

12 Stupid Things That Can Affect Your Recovery

Recovery from addiction, whether it’s recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction, requires us to truly emerge from the addiction a different person. During addiction treatment (or drug rehab), we have the opportunity to heal from past trauma and pain, and we learn to live and practice a more spiritual and conscious life. Once our time in treatment is over, we take these new practices into our daily lives.

This means we have to be on the lookout for things that could trip us up; those little crossroad moments and decisions that can easily spiral into a relapse. Here are 12 of the most common things you might do in early recovery that have the potential to destroy your hard work and put you in danger.

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Getting Through Xanax Withdrawal: What You Should Know

Are You Experiencing Xanax Withdrawal? 


Xanax, the trademark name for Alprazolam, is a medication prescribed to provide temporary relief from panic and anxiety disorders. It increases a neurotransmitter called GABA, which soothes the brain when it becomes overexcited. Some individuals may begin to self-medicate, however, which leads to increased use over a short period of time and physical dependence. When the drug is no longer available, or available in smaller doses, Xanax withdrawal can occur.

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Healthy Lifestyle Tips

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Child Care

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