How to Avoid Boredom in Self-Quarantine

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The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many of us to make significant changes to our lifestyles. Cities across the nation are now observing “shelter-in-place” and social distancing orders for at least the next month. However, medical experts have cautioned that there’s no definite timeline for when things will return to normal, which means we may need to prepare to adhere to self-quarantine for several more months. How can you keep yourself happy, healthy and entertained while remaining at home? Read on for our top tips. 1. Adjust Your Mindset If you aren’t a homebody by nature, you might […]

Addiction Support Moves Online Amid Coronavirus Concerns

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Long before our nation felt the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, our elected leaders were dealing with a different epidemic – the widespread problems caused by drug and alcohol addiction. For example, nearly 130 people a day die of an accidental opioid overdose, and in 2018, almost 70% of the 67,367 overdose deaths in 2018 involved an opioid. As of this writing, addiction has claimed significantly more American lives than COVID-19. Support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous have been essential in helping many people achieve sustained recovery and learn to live a life of sobriety. However, the shape of the […]

Prioritizing Your Mental Health in Recovery

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Admitting you need help for an addiction is a complex and highly emotional decision, especially if you also have co-occurring mental health issues such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. The early stages of addiction recovery can be one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, times in your life as therapy teaches you new things about yourself and you start to hone the skills that will help you stay sober for the long term. Here are some strategies for prioritizing your mental health as a recovering addict. 1. Follow Your Aftercare Plan Creating structure around your recovery gives you a […]

Sober Living in Austin, Texas | Making the Most of Your Experience

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Austin has earned a reputation as a cosmopolitan city with no shortage of entertainment options for residents and visitors alike. However, some amenities, such as the capital city’s thriving live music scene, may be best for you to steer clear of if you are in early recovery. The trigger of being in a live music venue where alcohol is liberally flowing could be overwhelming for you, even if you have a robust commitment to sustaining your sobriety. Luckily, Austin has an active recovery community with plenty of alternative sober activities to keep you occupied. Here are some ideas to maximize […]

How Self-Management Skills Help You Overcome Addiction

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Study after study has shown us that addiction is a chronic disease. Successful treatment requires an array of therapeutic approaches that not only address the root causes of the illness, but that also help provide the foundational tools needed to prevent a relapse. Self-management skills are chief among these. How can self-management play a role in your recovery? What Is Self-Management? The term “self-management” refers to any set of tasks people with chronic conditions must do to learn how to live longer, healthier lives. Over time, honing self-management skills is essential for people to gain autonomy over illnesses such as […]

What Non-Addicts Should Know About Addiction

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Along your recovery journey, you’ll eventually meet people who won’t understand your addiction. Whether they misconstrue it as a character flaw, or assume it’s possible to “outgrow” a substance misuse problem over time, they need someone to step in and help clear the air. What should you say if you find yourself in the position of having to explain addiction to a non-addict? Here are some helpful things you can bring up. Addiction Can Happen to Anyone Substance abuse disorders are a great equalizer. Addiction doesn’t care about your age, race, upbringing, gender identity or intellect. Nobody starts drinking or […]

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 […]