The Importance of a Quality Aftercare Program for Addiction Recovery

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People often enter addiction treatment with the misconception that their initial 30- to 90-day stay in rehab is enough to “cure” their disease. In truth, the recovery process extends for many years after someone decides to walk away from drugs or drinking for good. Successfully remaining clean and sober for a lifetime requires careful planning and an aftercare program that addresses the unique needs of people in recovery. What Is Addiction Aftercare? Aftercare programs benefit recovering addicts for several reasons. The most significant of these is that people may still be vulnerable to a relapse even after completing their inpatient […]

Why Should Recovering Addicts Avoid Non-Alcoholic Beer?

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The popularity and easy availability of non-alcoholic beer have created a new hazard for recovering alcoholics working to prevent a relapse. Many people assume this option is safe for people in recovery, but substituting one behavior for another is not a healthy way to preserve your sobriety. Why Is Non-Alcoholic Beer Dangerous for Recovering Alcoholics? People may gravitate to “near beer” because they don’t like feeling left out during parties and other social occasions where people are drinking. However, it’s better to stick with water or soda at these gatherings. There are plenty of other ways to enjoy yourself during […]

How to Find a Recovery Sponsor

After the years of secrecy and isolation that characterized your active addiction, a central component of addiction recovery is learning to ask others for help. A recovery sponsor can play an essential role in providing the nonjudgmental support and understanding you need to continue making progress with your sobriety. But how do you find the sponsor who’s a good fit for you? Where to Meet Potential Recovery Sponsors The best place to meet your possible future recovery sponsor is in your 12-step group. You’ll likely encounter plenty of other people in various stages of recovery. Ideally, your sponsor should be […]

Ideas for Strengthening Your Sober Support Network

Whether you’ve been sober for five months or five years, your sober supporters are an essential part of your ongoing recovery because they help you stay the course with your motivation and remind you of why you chose this new, healthy lifestyle. They provide additional accountability and positivity in your life and encourage you to avoid cravings and triggers. It’s likely your time spent in addiction treatment and group therapy helped you make some new friends who share the same goals as you do. Your family members are another part of your sober support network. However, if you’re looking to […]

How to Beat the Winter Blues

The realization that there are still a couple of months of cold, dreary weather ahead can be a real drag. If you find yourself feeling like a different person in winter, and it seems like your mood won’t improve until spring, you could be struggling with seasonal depression. Here are some natural ways to boost your mood and defeat your winter blues this year. 1. Light Therapy While psychologists have yet to pinpoint the exact reasons behind why some people experience the physical, emotional and cognitive challenges of seasonal depression, one hypothesis is that it occurs because we experience much […]

Can Meditation Help With Your Motivation?

When you hear the word “meditation,” you might freely associate it with terms like “mindfulness,” “focus” and even “relaxation.” The idea that something so inherently calming could increase your drive to succeed might seem foreign to you at first, but the sense of clarity meditation brings can help you recommit to your goals. Here’s why. Meditation Takes Many Forms Because meditation is such a personal practice, there’s no right or wrong way to do it as long as you remain committed to concentrating on your breathing and clearing your mind during your daily meditation period. One especially successful motivation approach […]

Promoting Positivity in Your Recovery

Ups and downs are a normal part of life for everyone, but once you are in early recovery, you’ll need to find ways to avoid stress and maintain a positive attitude. Where you may once have turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with the challenges the world threw at you, now you will want to protect your sobriety at all costs. Developing new techniques for maintaining a positive attitude is essential. With that in mind, here are some tips you can use to remain upbeat, no matter what obstacles you encounter. 1. Learn to Meditate When you develop a […]

8 Things to Feel Grateful About in 2020

Sometimes, we get caught up in our worries that we forget about all the reasons we have to be thankful. If you’ve resolved to have a more positive mindset in this new decade, boost your attitude of gratitude with these eight things to feel grateful about. 1. Your Mistakes Instead of beating yourself up for the missteps you make, reframe your thought processes and embrace mistakes as opportunities for learning. Nobody is perfect. You’ll inevitably encounter hurdles and obstacles along the way, and that’s OK. It’s part of your growth. 2. The Ability to Read If you’re reading this right […]

Dealing With Digital Stress in Recovery

The rise of technology has given us many modern conveniences that would have seemed unthinkable just a decade ago. The average adult carries more computing power in their pocket than it took to get the first humans to the moon, but it’s easy to take it for granted because these devices are so ubiquitous. According to the Pew Research Center, 81% of Americans now own smartphones, and almost 75% have desktop or laptop computers. Most of us can get answers to any question nearly instantly, make connections with people across the globe and shop online from anywhere. However, there is […]

How to Find a Recovery Community That Supports Your Goals

Humans evolved to be social animals. From the dawn of humanity, we have lived and worked in communal groups. Belonging to a group where everyone is focused on the same goal offers a sense of shared purpose and makes you feel like you’re part of something larger than yourself. Finding a recovery community can help you in times when you feel like you have nowhere else to turn. The members of your sober support network can lift you up and remind you that you are never alone on your recovery journey. Plenty of people have been where you are and […]