Active addicts and alcoholics typically don’t enjoy being told what they can or can’t do. The reason for this is simple: they’re usually being asked to do the No. 1 thing they don’t want to do: stop drinking or using. It leaves the addict with an automatic bristling when it comes to authority figures. So when an addict finally gets in recovery and is told “don’t get into a relationship in early sobriety,” it’s natural to want to fight back. After all, as long as a recovering addict isn’t using, shouldn’t they be able to do whatever they want to do?
In rehab and early recovery, the last thing on your mind might be an exercise program. Yet numerous studies have shown that regular and rigorous exercise stimulates both the body and mind and helps in the overall healing process from addiction. Indeed, exercise is a key component of formal treatment programs as the goal is to heal the body, mind and spirit. Exercise becomes an integral part of the treatment process and should be regarded as a proactive way to approach recovery. Since exercise is so important, here are 10 tips to make it fun and jumpstart your recovery.
Relapse is often a normal part of the recovery process because of the chronic nature of addiction. About 40% to 60% of people in recovery from substance abuse will relapse at some point. Watching a loved one slip back into destructive behaviors after getting sober is a gut-wrenching experience. Anger, sadness, exasperation, disappointment, resentment, fear and helplessness are just some of the emotions you may cycle through. Your knee-jerk reaction might be to unleash all of these feelings upon your loved one. However, to get the end result you desire — helping your loved one get sober again — you may consider taking a different approach.
When it comes to parenting, moms tend to get more of the spotlight. But science confirms that dads have just as much impact, influencing the personality, mental and physical health and behaviors of their offspring for better and for worse.
It’s heartbreaking when someone you love relapses into drug or alcohol use and all the hope and joy you felt upon believing they had conquered their addiction evaporates.
The mental torture then begins: “I should have seen this coming,” “I feel so stupid” and “How could they choose this over me?”
With Coachella and The Governors Ball music festivals already behind us, we’re now currently in the middle of what many refer to as “festival season” — a time where hundreds of thousands of people travel to various locations across the country during the summer to see the bands they love. While these festivals are considered an enjoyable experience that combines live music, food, merchandise, performance art and social activities, they can also have a dark side of drug and alcohol abuse.
“The real difference between telling what happened and telling a story about what happened is that instead of being a victim of our past, we become master of it.” — Donald Davis
Life after rehab is fraught with risk, but it can also be a joyful time of new beginnings. To avoid the negative outcomes, like relapsing, and to fully embrace your new life of sobriety, it’s important to make a plan. Perhaps the most dangerous way to approach recovery is to wing it. With a formal plan for how you will tackle life after rehab, you give yourself the best chance of a successful, enjoyable and fulfilling recovery.
We too often take sleep for granted. The only time it seems to become an issue is when we aren’t getting enough of it. The symptoms of sleep deprivation aren’t hard to spot: crankiness, dozing off at inopportune moments, lack of energy, mental confusion, lethargy and insufficient motivation, among other problems.
One of the first things you have to do when you are newly sober is to choose a sponsor. A sponsor is often your closest friend or mentor in Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. He or she is the person you are most likely to turn to in order to ask questions or share your struggles. Your relationship with your sponsor will influence your sobriety and help you grow and change as you learn to live a sober life.
Researchers have found that polysubstance use and binge drinking among college students correlates with the students’ level of engagement in non-substance-based activities that support the maintenance of a functional daily routine.