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Lower Stress Through Meditation Focused on Acceptance

Finances, family, work, and especially, rush hour traffic. These all contribute to a US population that is constantly on edge and stressed by the 24-hour cycle of life. And this is without discussing politics. American adults experience stress in many ways and combat it through a variety of methods -- from medications to alcohol to exercise.

Meditation has been shown to help in stress reduction, and westernized mind-body practices are in vogue more than ever. But there’s one aspect of meditation in particular that might prove best for beating stress: a focus on openness and equanimity, known as acceptance training.
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The Ways We Define Recovery Can Skew Statistics


"Recovery" is not a term reserved only for those who choose and maintain the path of complete abstinence.

Inside a theatre, a stark visual appears:

"Each year, only 1% of addicts are able to kick heroin and stay clean."

This quickly cuts to images of my former self deliberately counting syringes at the needle exchange site. I see a shadow I recognize as myself in active addiction. I can barely discern my gender, my clothing keenly styled to blend into the streets that I called home. As the lights in the theatre go on, I shift uncomfortably in my seat.
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Can You Prevent Relapse with Mindful Meditation?


Mindfulness meditation teaches people how to accept suffering as a normal, cohesive experience, and then move on from it.

Relapse has always been a harsh reality of addiction, but as the opioid black market fills with powerful synthetics, relapse on heroin and similar drugs grows increasingly dangerous. Fatal overdoses nearly doubled between 2015 and 2016 -- the majority of which are attributed to opioid-based drugs.
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Playing the Victim: How the Victim Mentality is Hindering Your Sobriety

Do you often feel hopeless, like you’ve failed so many times that it’s not even worth trying anymore? Do you frequently dwell on all the mistakes you’ve made and all the relationships you’ve lost? Maybe you just feel like your life will never be meaningful so there’s no use trying to be anything or do anything.

If thoughts like this are controlling your life, you may be using self-victimization to cope with issues you feel unable to manage.
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Holistic Tech-Assisted Rehab: The Future of Addiction Recovery


Statistically, if you know ten people in the US, at least one of them is expected to enter a near futile battle with addiction -- chances of long-term recovery are low. Traditional drug rehabilitation alone isn’t working for enough people, not even slightly. Finally, the foundations for the creation of next-generation therapies have been laid that could help turn these numbers on their head.

Recent developments in our understanding of the biological and neural networks involved in substance abuse disorders and psychological theories of behavioral change, coupled with the rapid evolution of technology-assisted therapy mean that the pivotal time is now.

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What Is the Difference Between Supporting and Enabling?

It is human nature to want to care for and help someone you love. There is a very fine line, however, between being supportive of someone you care about and enabling bad behaviors. Often it can be very difficult to see the line at all. Because of that people frequently end up on the wrong side of the line and don’t even know it.

Whether it is alcohol, other selfish behavior, or general irresponsibility, allowing someone to continue to choose damaging behaviors by being passive, or assisting in them through your own actions, only deepens the damage. When your intention is to help, acting as an enabler does just the opposite.
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Overwhelmed? Try This One-Minute Self-Care Tip to Regain Control

The average person makes about 35,000 decisions every day -- from choosing an outfit to deciding which seat to take at a meeting. In fact, we make 200 judgments each day about food alone.

But research shows that all that decision-making can be mentally and physically draining. Although the idea of willpower as a finite resource is now contested in the field of psychology, it’s well-documented that humans have a limited reserve of daily energy that’s dependent on adequate rest and sustenance.

As these reservoirs are depleted, our ability to make sound judgments can deteriorate -- whether that means buying on impulse, skipping the gym, or overreacting to a mild annoyance.
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Struggling with Sobriety When You’re an Introvert


A large part of my recovery will need to involve confronting the expectations others have of me, as well as the expectations I have for myself.

I’ve always preferred my own company to that of others. The mother of my childhood best friend called this quality of mine “independence.” Others haven’t been so generous, and I’ve been called everything from “snobby” to “awkward” to “weird” to “lame.” People have told me I need to get out there more, that sitting alone in my room is no way to live.
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Expert Tips for Overcoming Food Addiction


Here's how to take that first small step.

Food addiction is real. And if you're struggling with food addiction, know that you're not alone -- I've been there, too. In fact, the younger you are, the more likely it's your struggle.

From my past experience as a compulsive overeater, I suspect that many food addictions act as pacifiers for pain, fears, and anxieties, and even as ways to celebrate emotional spikes that are positive. Food seems to act as a life enhancer, while offering the illusion of short-term emotional balance.
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Are You a ‘Work Martyr’? 10 Signs Your Career Is Taking Over Your Life

Americans are taking less vacation time than ever before not only to show dedication, but also to simply keep up with the demands they face.

Today being “crazy busy” is a way of life. This pressure to stay competitive combined with the 24/7, always-on reality has contributed to a well-documented rise in burn out. In fact, nearly 40 percent of employees say they actually want to be seen as a “work martyr” by their boss.
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Psychology Around the Net: February 17, 2018


Hello, Psych Central readers.

For this week's Psychology Around the Net, we're diving into vibes and what causes us to feel them, how we can use our emotions to cause positive environmental change, ways to help children better understand and practice mindfulness, and more.

I've chosen to not address the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in this week's Psychology Around the Net, as many of our Psych Central writers have already and are continuing to do so. I encourage you to browse our latest blog posts for our team's insights.

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