Addiction Recovery

4 Daily Actions That Will Keep You Sober

Posted on August 18th, 2017

When you are actively addicted to drugs or alcohol, part of your problem is that relying on substances became a habit. A habit is a behavior that is done regularly, usually without thinking much about it. Most habits are pretty hard to break. By abusing alcohol or drugs, you have been in the habit of running away from reality and avoiding feelings that are unpleasant. These are habits that need to be replaced with healthier choices.

Good habits are developed by reminding yourself to repeat a certain behavior until it becomes something you do daily without thinking about it. Most likely you have already developed some healthy habits such as brushing your teeth or participating in physical exercise or meditation. The actions that it takes to lead a sober life can also become something that you don’t have to think about.

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When Depression Strikes During Addiction Recovery

Posted on February 2nd, 2016

Surviving recovery from addiction and avoiding relapse is tough, but it becomes even more difficult if you experience symptoms of depression. Addiction or substance abuse commonly occurs with depression. In fact, up to 40 percent of people with a substance use disorder also struggle with a mood disorder, which can include depression. Know the signs and symptoms of depression and learn to recognize when you’re not feeling right so that you can get the help you need.

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How to Strengthen Your Resiliency Muscles

Posted on December 8th, 2015

How to Strengthen Your Resiliency MusclesWhat is it that makes one person who has experienced abuse and trauma sink into despair while others rise above seemingly unfathomable depths to triumph?

Samantha Pellicciotti is just such a resilient thriver. Her story could’ve turned out entirely differently. Born to parents whose addictions led them to neglect her needs, endangering her life and bringing her into the foster care system, Pelliciotti might easily have become a statistic. But instead of destroying her future, her adverse experiences — among them parental incarceration, a series of at times unsavory sleeping arrangements, as well as a pre-teen sexual assault perpetrated by someone she’d trusted — became catalysts for her success.

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How to Unclutter Your Life

Posted on October 30th, 2015

How to Unclutter Your LifeTake a look around the room where you are: What’s the first thing you notice? Teetering piles of newspapers and books? Clothing spilling out of half-opened drawers? A dirty, dish-filled sink? An unmade bed? A floor filled with toys? Perhaps you see a clear surface that’s newly cleaned, colorful pillows plumped up on a cozy couch and sunlight streaming in through shiny window panes, where lush green plants soak up the rays. What emotions do each of these scenarios evoke?

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4 Daily Actions That Will Keep You Sober

Posted on October 10th, 2015

4 Daily Actions That Will Keep You SoberWhen you are actively addicted to drugs or alcohol, part of your problem is that relying on substances became a habit. A habit is a behavior that is done regularly, usually without thinking much about it. Most habits are pretty hard to break. By abusing alcohol or drugs, you have been in the habit of running away from reality and avoiding feelings that are unpleasant. These are habits that need to be replaced with healthier choices.

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How to Find a Solution for Almost Any Problem

Posted on September 25th, 2015

How to Find a Solution for Almost Any ProblemTry as we might, some problems are so vexing and difficult that it seems impossible to arrive at any sort of workable solution. This is not an unusual situation for anyone in today’s stress-filled society, but it can be even more frustrating for those who are in recovery.

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Mindful Walking: Take a ‘Walkabout’ in Recovery

Posted on September 24th, 2015

Mindful Walking: Take a ‘Walkabout’ in RecoveryMindful walking was introduced to the Western world by the Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese writer and teacher who first brought his unique brand of Buddhism, known as mindfulness, to the U.S. in the early 1960s. Hanh defines mindfulness as “our ability to be aware of what is going on both inside us and around us. It is the continuous awareness of our bodies, emotions and thoughts.” The goal of mindful walking is to quiet the mind, to focus on the breath and fully appreciate the present moment in all of its beauty.

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How the Jewish High Holy Days Relate to Recovery

Posted on September 14th, 2015

How the Jewish High Holy Days Relate to RecoveryThe High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are considered the most sacred on the Jewish calendar. The autumnal holidays signal a time of personal reflection and reconciliation of attitudes and behaviors that occurred in the previous 12 months. Prayer, fasting, asking for and offering forgiveness, as well as time in synagogue await those whose heritage calls for such rituals.

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How to Make Positive Changes in Recovery

Posted on September 13th, 2015

How to Make Positive Changes in RecoveryNow that you’re in recovery from drug addiction, you have made it past some very big hurdles. You have made huge life changes and you should be proud of your accomplishments. However, recovery does not mean you can stop improving yourself and your life. Once you are out of rehab and back to so-called real life, it can be easy to slip back into old habits. Even if you avoid relapsing, you may not be living your best life if you go back to your old ways. Here are some of the best expert tips on making positive and lasting changes in your life.

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Finding Your Sober Fix

Posted on September 11th, 2015

Finding Your Sober FixBeing an addict is all about getting a fix, so if you’re going to be sober, you need to find a new one. Relapse rates for addicts hover around 50 percent. One important way in which you can arm yourself against the near inevitability of relapse is to get a new fix. Replace your old, bad habit with a new, healthy one. Your new fix should make you feel good. It should have purpose and meaning. When you have a new fix, a new habit, you put yourself in a better position for maintaining sobriety.

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Getting Past a Negative Attitude in Sobriety

Posted on June 20th, 2015

Getting Past a Negative Attitude in SobrietyWhen you are no longer able to turn to alcohol or drugs to alter your mood, at times you may feel like you are being swallowed up by bad feelings. In sobriety, negative feelings can quickly grow in intensity and feel like they are consuming you. A negative attitude can show up as road rage or self-pity or a sense of utter hopelessness. Whatever bad feelings you are having, it’s important to learn to get past negativity and become more comfortable.

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Is Your Support System Failing You?

Posted on June 11th, 2015

Social support is a crucial element of both treatment and recovery for addicts. Almost all treatment approaches to addiction recovery include some type of social interaction to support sobriety: anonymous support group meetings, peer group therapy and family therapy, to name just a few. Because we humans are social animals, we need to rely on each other in tough times in order to succeed, and that includes recovery. If you have a support network of friends, family, peers and mentors, are they really supporting you or are they falling down on the job?

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Do You Suffer From Terminal Uniqueness?

Posted on May 29th, 2015

Do You Suffer From Terminal Uniqueness?Recovery support groups typically contain people from all walks of life. At AA or NA meetings, you may come across people from different social classes as well as different races and religions. You’ll meet people who are young and old, rich and poor or somewhere in-between. From criminals to judges and from street people to royalty, just about every type of person you can imagine can be found in meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.

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Mindfulness Is Everywhere

Posted on May 23rd, 2015

Mindfulness Is EverywhereThere are many types of mindfulness practice. Some are meditative and draw on traditional practices such as transcendental meditation, Zen Buddhist meditation, yogic meditation, and the walking meditation popularized by the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Some types of mindfulness practices are task-oriented and rooted in daily life. Mindfulness teachers urge their students to instill everyday activities such as cooking, cleaning and gardening with the qualities of mindfulness. Other mindfulness practices are rooted in the pursuit of artistic hobbies, such as painting, model-building or sculpture. Mindfulness teachers will even suggest to their students that they approach their work—whether it’s carpentry, data entry, fixing cars or medicine—with an attitude of mindfulness. No matter the task or context, what unites all of these activities and gives them the potential to be mindfulness practices is the mindset of the person performing the activity while the activity is being performed. The mindfulness mindset is one of focus and awareness: if you slow down, bring your attention fully to the task at hand, and become careful and attentive to the way you are doing what you are doing, completely and without judgment, you are practicing mindfulness.

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