The Best Way to Ditch Bad Habits: What Science Can Teach Us

Changing your lifestyle and making the decision to ditch bad habits can be a challenge for us all. Researchers from Kings College London and the University of York recommend some simple techniques that have been scientifically proven to increase chances of success of ditching bad habits. The two Ps- Perseverance and Planning. Understand it may take more than one attempt and the journey may not always be smooth. Planning your time and method can ensure

Cultivating Greater Meaning and Purpose to Prevent Relapse


Many who find themselves established in recovery are left with a lingering, internal void that represents a lack of meaning or sense of purpose in life. This lack of meaning or purpose can be a constant threat to one’s recovery. With the right guidance, anyone can learn to uncover their purpose and find a greater sense of meaning, healthy passions, and natural sources of joy.

Comorbidity and Recovery

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Ali Adyb
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Imagine going through treatment numerous times but not being able to stop using. Imagine deciding not to use and doing everything you possibly can to stop using but relapsing despite all your efforts. If this sums up your situation or If this story keeps repeating in your journey of recovery from substance use disorder, then chances are you might be suffering from substance use disorder together with another disorder or comorbidity.

Long-Term Joint Trajectories of Heroin Use and Treatment Utilisation

Marel, Christina & Mills, Katherine & Slade, Timothy & Darke, Shane & Ross, Joanne & Teesson, Maree. (2019). Modelling Long-Term Joint Trajectories of Heroin Use and Treatment Utilisation: Findings from the Australian Treatment Outcome Study. EClinicalMedicine. 10.1016/j.eclinm.2019.07.013.
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There has been a concerning steady increase in heroin-related deaths in countries around the world. Treatment is rarely simple, and it often requires multiple attempts before a person is able to abstain from using or reduce their use.

Longitudinal studies can help track the diverse range of treatment pathways and levels of success over time.

Mindful Body Awareness Training as Part of Treatment for Substance Use Disorder

Price, Cynthia J., Elaine Adams Thompson, Sheila Crowell, and Kenneth Pike. "Longitudinal effects of interoceptive awareness training through mindful awareness in body-oriented therapy (MABT) as an adjunct to women’s substance use disorder treatment: A randomized controlled trial." Drug and Alcohol Dependence (2019).
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The experiencing of intense emotions, low-stress tolerance, avoidance, and feelings of a loss of control can negatively impact substance use disorder treatment outcomes. This type of emotion dysregulation may be linked with problems with interoceptive processing, which is the experience of sensations from within the body. And in turn, it is believed that interoceptive processing may influence certain behaviours and decision making.

Relapse after Inpatient Substance Use Treatment

Andersson, H. W., Wenaas, M., & Nordfjærn, T. (2019). Relapse after inpatient substance use treatment: A prospective cohort study among users of illicit substances. Addictive behaviors, 90, 222-228.
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The main aim was to investigate the relative roles of mental distress and intrinsic motivation for relapse after inpatient substance use disord