Loving Yourself in Addiction Recovery 

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Happy Valentine’s Day. It’s the perfect day of the year to talk about the importance of self-love and how it’s essential for addiction recovery. While addiction recovery is far from easy, you can make it a bit easier by treating yourself with kindness and forgiving yourself for past deeds. A little self-love can go a long way in helping you build confidence and make better, brighter choices in life. If you have love and respect for yourself, you’ll be that much more inclined to nurture your mind, body and spirit and do the hard work of recovery. Certainly, you won’t […]

Making the Most of Mornings in Recovery

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Each day in recovery is a new day to learn, grow and take steps toward the best sober life you can achieve. With this in mind, it makes sense to begin each day in recovery the right way. Well, of course, the “right way,” is subjective but many experts say that doing something good for you first thing in the morning can help set the tone for a positive, healthful day ahead. Granted, we’re not all morning people but this doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of your mornings in recovery. The a.m. is the perfect time for “you” […]

Decluttering to Enhance Your Recovery

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More and more experts are making a connection between clutter and mental health. Simply put, too much mess causes stress. How? Clutter has been found to cause your body to produce more cortisol, a hormone linked to stress. What’s more, clutter can make it harder to focus and process information. The mess messes with our ability to understand what is going on around us. Keeping a clean and clutter-free home, on the other hand, can make room for a healthier recovery. You’ll have more time and energy to devote to recovery activities, self-care and sober fun. A welcoming space: Packing […]

How Do Drugs Change Your Brain?

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The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines your brain as “you – everything you think and feel, and who you are.” Not only does your brain regulate the basic functions of the body but it shapes your behavior and enables you to understand and respond to everything you experience. Keeping this definition in mind, it’s not too surprising that drugs can have a negative impact on your brain. These changes are perhaps most profound in the developing brain of teens. Drugs have actually been found to change how the brain functions by altering the organization of pathways in the […]

Immune Boosting Tips for a Healthy Recovery

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Building your immunity is an important part of building your strength to endure the hard work of recovery – and it should definitely take a priority during cold and flu season. Hopefully, you’ve already gotten your flu shot. If not, it’s not too late. But beyond immunization there are some everyday things you can do to boost your immunity for a better recovery. What you eat, the amount of exercise you get and even your attitude can play a role in preventing illness: Healthy fats: Saturated fats from animal foods as well as trans fats from processed foods can interfere with […]

Unhealthy Habits to Leave Behind in 2018

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It’s the beginning of 2019 – and it’s the perfect time to take stock of some unhealthy habits that may be harmful to your overall health and your recovery. Of course, you know you best – so take a few minutes to jot down some things that may be hindering your recovery progress. Here are a few ideas to get you started: Smoking. Yes, this is easier said than done but quitting smoking (including e-cigarettes) is really well worth the effort! For one, studies have found that quitting smoking during addiction recovery can increase your chances of lasting sobriety. Plus, […]

Why Time Management Helps Your Recovery

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Time management is an essential skill for recovery – and it’s about much more than just having time to complete that to-do list. Managing your time allows you to prioritize what matters most to you and your recovery and overall health. Some experts say it should really be called “personal management,” because it helps you be a better you with a better quality of life. There are numerous general health benefits of managing your time, including: Reaching your goals. Improving your relationships. Increasing productivity. Improving your health. Finding stability in life. Here’s a look at a few more ways that […]

Making the Most of Support Groups 

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Finding the right recovery support group can be pretty powerful. You’ll come together with others who understand you and who can offer encouragement and tips for overcoming the many ups and downs of recovery. Yet the more you put into the group, the more you’ll get out of it. In other words, to make the most of your recovery support group you’ll need to do more than just show up and drink coffee. Here are a few ways to make support groups work best for you: Participate: While it’s okay to remain quiet initially, it is important that you eventually […]

Great Ways to Give Back 

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Giving back is a great gift for your recovery and for those who need it most. Here are a few simple ways you can help out this holiday season and show support to those in your community: Purchase a toy. There are roughly 13 million children in America who live in poverty and who will receive few or no toys this season. Toys for Tots has locations in every state – and just one toy or a small monetary donation can make a huge difference in a child’s life. Volunteer for the Veterans. Many vets are spending the holidays alone […]

Nostalgia During Recovery: What You Should Know

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It’s easy to get nostalgic during this time of year, especially as you’re beginning to form new supports and new sober traditions. The holidays can bring on feelings of sadness or loneliness – and this alone can trigger nostalgia. Often defined as “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past,” nostalgia has both a positive and negative side during recovery. It can be a great reminder of why you’re working so hard in your recovery, especially if you’re recalling memories that help motivate you to stay sober. Nostalgia for old friends or past parties can be dangerous, however, because […]