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Shame and Addiction: Recovery, Relapse, and the Cycle

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 6, 2017 3:48:54 PM / by Kevin Asp posted in shame and addiction

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With addiction, comes a profound sense of shame. This emotion -- which is universal among nearly all people, not just those who are struggling with an addiction -- can fuel the addiction and relapse cycle. Not only can shame make it difficult for a person to seek out the help that is needed, this destructive and isolating emotion can cause a relapse during recovery and make a person turn to addictive substances in the first place. 

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Breaking the Stigma of Addiction: Shame and Guilt

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 25, 2017 2:00:35 PM / by Kevin Asp posted in addiction, guilt and addiction, shame and addiction

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It's no secret that there's a great deal of stigma of addiction with those who have the addiction often being looked down upon by those who don't. In fact, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that in 2014 alone, more than 35 percent of adults with addiction didn't seek mental health care because social concerns made them reluctant to seek help.

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What is Addiction? (Definition, Types, and Causes)

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 10, 2017 1:45:15 PM / by Kevin Asp posted in addiction

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Addiction is a word we all here in Alaska know. But have you ever stopped to think about what is means? When you can’t stop taking a substance even if you know it’s bad for you or engage in a behavior even though it's detrimental to you, it’s called addiction. When your urge to take the substance or engage in the addictive behavior is far too strong to control, you’re addicted. In this blog post, we look at addiction, addiction definition, types, and causes.

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Drift Boat Fishing & Onboard Safety

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 23, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Ashia Lane posted in drift boat fishing, Safety practices

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Occasionally, we hear from well-seasoned anglers that they haven’t had the pleasure of a guided drift boat fishing trip before. Typically these fishermen have spent their entire fishing careers wading, and they’re curious about the potential challenges they may face on the boat. While drift fishing is still basic fishing, there are a few things to keep in mind on a drift boat that might differ from a wading experience. Here’s some drift boat fishing & onboard safety etiquette, along with a basic gear checklist.

 

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Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 16, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Ashia Lane posted in alaska salmon fishing

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Last week we gave you safety reminders for spring fishing (which we know you’re going to use when you finally get out on the water!), so we thought that this week, we’d follow up with a bit of info on how to be a legal sport fisherman or fisherwoman. We’re including tips on how to navigate the state website for licensing ease, and a basic run down of the regulations.

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Spring Fishing is Near! A Few Safety Reminders...

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 9, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Ashia Lane posted in angler, alaska outdoors, Safety practices

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The start of Spring is just 2 short weeks away, and if you’re like us, you’ve been ready to fish for the past 4 months! You’ve probably been sitting around all winter waiting for the cold and freeze to pass so you can get out on the water. Well it’s about that time, but how about a little refresher on what to watch out for while spring fishing?

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Smoked Alaska Salmon... Hot vs. Cold!

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 2, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Ashia Lane posted in salmon, recipe, smoked salmon

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We eat a lot of fish in Alaska, from halibut to black cod to salmon, and everyone has their favorite, and their preferred way to cook it. But one thing almost everyone can agree on, is that smoked salmon is DELICIOUS! (And then we’ll start debating how to cook it.)

 

This week we’re talking about the history of smoking fish, and hot smoked vs cold smoked, and we’ll give you some how-to info!

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Cabin Fever & Alaskans

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 23, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Ashia Lane posted in winter blues, alaska outdoors, depression, cabin fever

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Large percentages of northern populations suffer from cabin fever. That’s all of us living far enough north to be affected by shortened periods of light during the winter and colder climates. Often thought of as a humorous term, many people ignore the reality of cabin fever, suffering through each winter season, feeling tired, bored, and irritable.

 

This week we are taking a look at what cabin fever really looks like, and how to avoid it.


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Recovery is for Family Members & Friends, Too.

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 16, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Ashia Lane posted in substance abuse, recovery, family

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We all know that addiction/substance abuse affects more people than the user, but what isn’t often detailed is how to take care of yourself once your loved one has entered into treatment.

This week we're taking a look at the impact of abuse, support roles, and how to develop a program of support for yourself.

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Early Recovery Activities... Outside in Alaska!

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 9, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Ashia Lane posted in mindfulness, getting outside, recovery

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The first year of recovery usually brings an awareness of the hard work involved in staying sober. It can be exhausting. So how do you balance out? By making time for play! Take time to enjoy your new healthy lifestyle with activities outdoors— it’s an awesome way to embrace your recovery and take joy in each day!

This week we've got some great ideas for getting outdoors in Alaska, as well as a bonus mindfulness practice!


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