Ways to Avoid Boredom in Addiction Recovery

Excessive boredom is unhealthy for everyone, but for men and women in the process of recovering from a substance misuse disorder, it can be disastrous. While boredom itself is a natural emotion, feeling bored can lead you back down a pathway of self-destructive behavior and leave you vulnerable to a relapse. Fortunately, there are ways to fill your idle hours in addiction recovery that do not entail a return to substance abuse. Before you can implement these strategies, you must get a grasp on how boredom affects you. Factors Contributing to Boredom A variety of factors can cause boredom. You […]

Learning to Manage Triggers and Cravings

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Contrary to what many people believe, addiction is not a choice. The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction as “a chronic, relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.” The “chronic” part of this definition means there is no cure, but that you can learn to manage it for the rest of your life. Meanwhile, “relapsing” means any setback you encounter on the road to recovery, including backsliding into self-destructive behavior. Some people amass years of recovery experience without any problems, but two possible incentives to return to substance use remain lurking behind the […]

Ways to Stay Motivated in Addiction Recovery

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After you commit to getting sober, you have a long road to walk. That path looks somewhat different for everyone. Though you know freeing yourself from substance abuse will positively affect your life, that doesn’t mean you won’t have difficult days that tempt you to relapse. Here are five tips that can keep you on the right path and help motivate you to stay sober. 1. Make a Routine and Stick With It Anyone can benefit from having structure in their life, but this is doubly true for recovering addicts. Drug and alcohol misuse can be a time-consuming habit, and […]

How Long Should You Stay in Addiction Treatment?

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Many people seeking addiction treatment want to know how long it will take for them to achieve sobriety. While the traditional answer has been to start with a 30-day program and adjust to further levels of care according to your needs and the progress you have made, the National Institute on Drug Abuse cautions that “good outcomes are contingent on adequate treatment length,” and recommends longer, more comprehensive addiction plans for best results. What are the benefits of this approach? When Are Longer Programs Better? No two people with a substance misuse issue are alike. Though 30 days is often […]

5 Books to Inspire Your Sobriety Journey

There’s never a bad time to get lost in a good read. And if you’re working on your sobriety, it can be helpful to reflect on the fact that other people have been through many of the same experiences and have gone through similar ups and downs along the way. These compelling memoirs of others’ addiction and recovery can remind you that you are never alone in the quest to break free of the cycle of substance misuse. 1. How to Murder Your Life, by Cat Marnell At only 15 years old, Cat Marnell unwittingly became addicted to ADHD medication. […]

How to Reboot Your Recovery for Fall

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In recovery, it’s essential to stay motivated, avoid boredom and keep moving forward. No matter how long you’ve been sober, it’s a good habit to periodically re-evaluate the progress you’ve made. The first day of fall is only a couple of weeks away, and the start of a new season is always a good opportunity to do this. Here are some ideas to help you get started. 1. Shake up Your Routine Consistency is valuable, especially if you’re working toward specific goals such as losing weight. However, it’s not a bad idea to switch things up every now and then. […]

Building a Healthy Routine in Early Recovery

Building a Healthy Routine in Early Recovery

When you complete a treatment program and begin a new, sober life, you must leave your old life behind. This may be a welcome change, but the adjustment from a life centered around substance use to one focused on recovery can be a complex undertaking. For many, this means removing certain acquaintances and activities from your list of go-to’s. Today, we’ll explain why building a healthy routine is integral to early recovery.   The Importance of Routine Many people think that their greatest challenge after treatment will be staying busy – they want to heed warnings about the dangers of […]

Common Relapse Triggers

Avoiding Relapse Triggers

After completing an addiction treatment program and re-entering one’s day-to-day life, the risk of relapse feels more real. While it’s difficult to predict exactly what would be your specific triggers, it’s possible to identify common causes of relapse and to plan accordingly.   What is a Relapse Trigger? Triggers are cues that compel a person in recovery to seek their substance of choice again. They can include people, places, or things tied to past use, as well as memories of using. They may be social, emotional, or environmental in nature. Addiction is a disease of the brain, impacting the reward […]

Key Sobriety Milestones

Sobriety Milestone

Whether you’ve been clean and sober for three months or three years, it’s always worthwhile to take the time to celebrate your recovery. Recovery is often referred to as a journey, not a destination; for this reason, it’s something that should continually be progressing. Just because there isn’t a concrete end point doesn’t mean that there aren’t helpful markers along the way. Today, we’ll explore key milestones in your sobriety.   Counting Days, Months, and Years of Sobriety Perhaps the most widely-known sobriety milestones rely on the number of substance-free days accrued over time. These are often commemorated through chips, […]

Self-Help Tools for Maintaining Your Recovery

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In the world of recovery, we know that self-help alone is not enough to overcome addiction. Lasting sobriety is something that is best achieved with the aid of trained professionals and individualized treatment plans. However, after your time in rehab has concluded, you may benefit from a wide array of self-help options to keep your recovery fresh. These should always serve as a supplement to your other treatment. Read on to learn more about some of our top recommendations.   AA and NA Meetings It probably comes as no surprise that our top suggestion for helping yourself in early recovery […]