Minding Your Mental Health During Recovery

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It’s Mental Illness Awareness Month and it’s a great time to think about what you can do daily to mind your mental health. In order to have a successful recovery and prevent relapse, you need to tend to your mind, body and spirit – and this is especially true if you’re struggling with a co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder. Luckily, it doesn’t take a huge commitment to start feeling more focused, calmer and happier – and you can start today by adopting one of these healthy habits. Maximize your mornings. What you do in the a.m. can set the […]

Signs You’re Enabling Your Loved One’s Addiction

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Helping a loved one with a substance use disorder is far from straightforward. If you’re not careful, you can unknowingly set up roadblocks to recovery and reward negative behaviors. There’s even a name for it. It’s called “enabling,” and it’s comprised of a variety of actions that allow your loved one to avoid any consequences and continue using with a sense of security that you’ll always be there to rescue him or her from any mistakes. Some experts say the difference between helping and enabling is this: “Helping is doing something for someone that they’re not capable of doing themselves.”  “Enabling is […]

Writing Exercises to Develop a Positive Mindset 

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A positive mindset is so important during recovery. It may sound simple, but if you learn to perceive yourself and your new sober life in a positive light, you’ll be that much more motivated to stay the sober course. Writing is a great exercise to reinforce the good in your life and to let go of any negative emotions that are standing in your way. A simple journal – filled with whatever helps you sort through your emotions – can do the trick. But you can also try one of these specific writing exercises, which can help you streamline your […]

Fun Ways to Enjoy Sober Life This Fall 

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As summertime comes to an end, a new season arrives – and it’s full of hope, promise and lots of fun! From pumpkin carving to fall hikes, we made a list of some exciting activities to add to your sober living plan this season. Take a look and add your fall favorites. Pick some pumpkins. A day of pumpkin picking is the perfect sober activity to enjoy the season. There are tons of pumpkin patches around Austin, including Barton Hill Farms, Evergreen Farms, Sweet Berry Farms, The Jersey Barnyard and Red Barn Garden Center. Pick a perfect pumpkin to decorate […]

Growing Your Self-Esteem in Recovery

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Addiction can do a number on your self-esteem and, for many people in recovery, low self-esteem may have even played a role in the development of your substance use disorder in the first place. It makes sense then that taking steps to grow your self-esteem is a key step for lasting sobriety. For one, healthy self-esteem can help prevent relapse. If you have self-respect and confidence in yourself and your recovery, you’ll be less likely to sabotage it. Self-esteem can also help you build a new sober life that makes you feel good about you and your goals and achievements. […]

The Transition From Treatment to Sober Living

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Your time in residential treatment is spent creating a new life for yourself, so it’s vital that you move forward in a way that aligns with your new sober mindset. Going straight from the residential treatment environment into “the real world” can be a jarring experience. You’ve made changes during treatment, but your home life may have stayed the same. The same stressors you used to face–perhaps the stressors that drove you to use substances–could still be there. Sober living houses, also known as halfway houses, are designed for people who have completed intensive residential treatment and want to transition […]

World Suicide Prevention Day

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September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day, organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO). The purpose of this day is to raise awareness around the globe that suicide is preventable. This year’s theme: “Working Together to Prevent Suicide.” Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It’s responsible for more 800,000 deaths, which equals one suicide every 40 seconds. According to IASP, there are many things that you can do daily, and also on World Suicide Prevention Day, to prevent […]

How Shame Impacts Addiction & Our Lives

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We all feel shame in our lives when we make a mistake, say something we regret or disappoint someone we care about. But for some people, shame can be downright debilitating, and for those struggling with addiction, it’s something that is dealt with on a daily basis. The Difference Between Shame and Guilt Shame and guilt are often used interchangeably, but they are in fact two different emotions. Shame is a feeling that a person has about themselves, while guilt is a feeling that a person has about their actions or behavior. Guilt is almost always related to something that […]

6 Healthy Hobbies to Help You Stay Sober

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Everyone needs healthy hobbies for a balanced life and this is especially true for those in recovery from a substance use disorder. For one, the right hobby can help keep the mind and body busy and serve as a replacement for past dangerous habits. Start by thinking about any hobbies you used to love but lost in the throes of addiction. Here are some ideas to get you started: Take up coloring or drawing. Whether you purchase an adult coloring book and fancy pencils or some white paper and crayons, coloring, drawing or painting is a great recovery hobby. Exploring your artistic side […]

The Complexities of Codependency & Addiction

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Recovery is a lifelong process that requires you to be honest with yourself and replace the negative behavioral patterns that no longer serve you. Codependency is one such pattern that commonly co-occurs with addiction, and the two behaviors can reinforce one another. What Is Codependency? In the most simplistic definition of the word, “codependency” is defined as a relationship in which one person puts the other person’s needs before their own. Both people have dysfunctional personality traits that become worse together. For example, say two people are in a relationship. One person abuses alcohol and takes on the role of […]