Healing From Unhealthy Family Dynamics During Recovery

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Getting some sober time brings clarity. This may make it more obvious that the family dynamics you grew up with were unhealthy or destructive. You might realize you picked up patterns of relating that don’t serve you in recovery. Changing Instinctual Ways of Relating It can take time to recognize these patterns. Often they are […]

Keeping it Fresh in Longer-Term Recovery

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In the beginning of sobriety, after you’ve made it through withdrawal and detox, things can feel exciting. You go through fast, obvious changes. Some people experience the pink cloud, which is when you feel euphoria in early sobriety. Things eventually settle and you start to experience all the firsts in recovery. Then what were once […]

TruHealing Baltimore-Detox Now TRICARE-certified


We Are Pleased to Announce That We Are TRICARE-certified at TruHealing Baltimore-Detox TRICARE provides health coverage to 9.6 million active-duty service members, veterans, and their family members. It is part of the US Military Health System. This certification includes our detox level of care at TruHealing Baltimore. 1 in 10 veterans has a substance use […]

Self-Soothing in Addiction and Recovery

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In recent years, the idea of addiction as an urge to self-soothe has gained traction. Addiction has historically been seen as self-destructive, but it can mean taking care of ourselves in the best way we know at the time. We think we’re protecting ourselves from emotional pain, but active addiction ends up causing more pain. […]

Memory and Recovery

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Memory is a strange thing when it comes to recovery. Triggers are essentially memories-circumstances, people, places, or feelings that your brain has come to associate with drinking or using. But for many of us, memories from when we were intoxicated are distorted and fragmented. In recovery, we can feel grateful that we’re able to remember […]

Expressing Your Feelings in Recovery

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Sometimes during active addiction, the only time we allow ourselves to express emotions is when we’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Then it comes out distorted, and we might say or do things we regret. We might not even allow ourselves to feel our emotions at all. In recovery, we have a chance […]

Why Are Basic Needs Important in Early Recovery?

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When you first get sober, eating enough, drinking enough water, and getting enough sleep are extra important. The premise of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is that you must have these things in place before you can pay attention to higher needs like community, meaning-making, or self-actualization.  This is true for everyone, and particularly so in […]

Making it Through Challenges Sober

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 When we get sober, our lives tend to improve significantly. I can’t think of any aspect of my life that hasn’t changed for the better since I entered recovery over seven years ago. Still, life is life; there will be hard times.  Active Addiction Makes Life Harder Whatever you’re going through—whether it’s grief, stress, job […]

Coping With Sleep Issues in Recovery

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Addiction significantly impacts sleep. People in active alcohol addiction may think drinking is the only way they can fall asleep (I did), but alcohol is associated with sleep disturbances and related disorders like sleep apnea. 25-72% of people in treatment for alcohol use disorder report sleep problems.[1] Cocaine, on the other hand, can cause insomnia. […]

The Myth That Alcohol Calms You Down

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The last couple years of my drinking, I had panic attacks nearly every morning as the alcohol wore off. But until I got sober, I probably would have said drinking relieved my anxiety. This is a common myth; there’s an idea that drinking is a necessity for socializing or unwinding because it lowers inhibitions. This […]