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How to Build (and Rebuild) Healthy Relationships in Recovery

By |2017-10-10T13:55:08+00:00June 19th, 2017|

The focus of sobriety is to improve and rebuild your life. Sobriety epitomizes personal growth and renewal, and anyone in their first few months of recovery can expect a roller coaster of emotions when it comes to forming—or in some cases, restoring— meaningful relationships. Repairing old friendships, establishing new ones and being open to the possibility [...]

Treat Yourself: A Personal Self Care Plan in Recovery

By |2017-06-06T16:18:35+00:00June 6th, 2017|

Although addiction treatment is different and should be specific for each individual because each person has their own experiences and challenges, it’s extremely rare that individuals will recover successfully from the drug of their choice by using the cold turkey method. Recovery isn’t just about sustaining from using a drug, it’s about developing a balance [...]

How a Daily Guided Meditation Routine Saved My Sobriety

By |2017-05-22T19:30:54+00:00May 22nd, 2017|

Even people with the strongest foundations of recovery struggle at some point in their journey. During difficult times in sobriety, there is typically an extra temptation to act out, whether that’s through relapsing or simply engaging in unhealthy behaviors like overeating or making impulsive choices in relationships. In my personal experience, I have always been [...]

Being Depressed in Recovery: A Personal Account

By |2017-04-26T15:00:23+00:00April 26th, 2017|

When I first got sober from drug and alcohol addiction, I thought that my days of being depressed were over. Many people who suffer from substance use disorder have what is called a “dual diagnosis”, meaning that they have a co-occurring mood disorder (like depression or anxiety) that goes alongside their addiction. Treating both is [...]

In a Slump in Your Recovery? Try Some New Routines

By |2017-04-17T18:52:32+00:00April 17th, 2017|

Many people in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction find themselves in a slump at some point in their sobriety journey. It’s a relatively normal part of any process, particularly one as long-term as recovering from substance abuse. At various points in life, people find themselves in ruts- whether it’s in their career, their relationships, [...]

How to Attend a Music Festival When You’re in Recovery

By |2017-04-12T18:05:08+00:00April 12th, 2017|

A lot of the memories I have of music festivals are barely memories. They’re more like blurs of color and sound, maybe some feelings of euphoria but also confusion and fear. That’s because, like a lot of people, in my active addiction attending music festivals always included drugs and alcohol. I wasn’t super picky- I [...]

Building an Online Social Support Network in Recovery

By |2017-03-15T17:38:45+00:00March 15th, 2017|

Having a social support network is important for the health of every human being, and it’s especially vital for people in early recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. Social support from peers, friends, and family help us to stay on the right path, to make healthy decisions, and to process difficult emotions and challenges. Today, [...]

Rock Bottom and Getting Sober: How Bad Does it Need to Get?

By |2017-03-10T20:30:24+00:00March 10th, 2017|

Getting sober is the hardest thing I have ever done, and for many people that experience is similar. There is a common belief that because the sobriety journey is so difficult, one must reach their “rock bottom” before getting sober will work for them. This comes from the idea that individuals won’t do what it [...]