Recovery

Romance in Recovery: Start With a Plant

Posted on August 15th, 2016

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?

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10 Tips to Make Exercise Fun and Jumpstart Your Recovery

Posted on July 25th, 2016

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.

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What to Do When Your Loved One Relapses

Posted on July 5th, 2016

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.

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3 Ways Fathers Shape Their Kids

Posted on June 13th, 2016

A Father's Influence on His ChildrenWhen 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.

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4 Things to Remember When Dealing With a Loved One’s Relapse

Posted on June 2nd, 2016

Supporting a Loved One During RelapseIt’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?”

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Substance-Free Areas at Music Festivals

Posted on June 2nd, 2016

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.

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How to Make a Plan for Life After Rehab

Posted on January 28th, 2016

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.

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10 Reasons You Need Good Sleep In Recovery

Posted on December 24th, 2015

10 Reasons You Need Good Sleep In RecoveryWe 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.

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4 Reasons to Change Your Sponsor

Posted on December 10th, 2015

4 Reasons to Change Your SponsorOne 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.

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The Blame and Shame of Addiction

Posted on October 15th, 2015

The Blame and Shame of AddictionAddiction touches most lives at some point. Whether you’ve personally faced it or have watched a family member or friend struggle with it, it’s on your radar. Only you know the true impact that it’s had on you.

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