Helping a Loved One Get Help  

helping loved one

Realizing that your loved one needs help for drug or alcohol abuse is downright scary and overwhelming. And you most likely have no idea where to begin. Take heart: There are a lot of resources to help guide you through the process – and we’re one of them. First, know that there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all addiction treatment, so you’ll need to do your homework. In fact, one of the first steps to helping your loved one is to get educated about addiction and addiction treatment. By doing so, you’ll come to understand that addiction is a chronic, progressive […]

What You Need to Know About Behavioral Addictions

behavioral addiction

Also known as process addiction, behavioral addictions – including gambling, shopping, exercise and sex addiction — are common among people struggling with substance use disorders. In fact, more than 70% of those with gambling disorder have an alcohol problem, and nearly 40% have a drug abuse problem. When you think of addiction, you likely think of drugs and alcohol. However, if you just substitute the word “behavior” for “substance,” you’ll see that the definition extends to all types of dependencies. Whether it’s sex, shopping or exercise, these activities can become problematic for individuals who engage in them repeatedly to experience […]

Life Post-Treatment: Why Aftercare Is Essential

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Returning to normal life after addiction treatment can be riddled with challenges – and, unfortunately, relapse can be a reality if you don’t take the necessary steps to safeguard your sobriety. Regular aftercare participation after treatment is one of the best predictors of sustained recovery. Studies show that more than half of people who are in recovery from a substance use disorder will drink or use drugs in the year following their discharge from rehab. Further, between 25 to 35 percent of people who complete addiction treatment will be readmitted within one year. Since addiction is a chronic, progressive disease, […]

Spring Clean Your Recovery Routine

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With spring comes the chance to open up those windows and freshen up your home. For many, the season also marks a new beginning and a chance to clear out any old habits to make room for self-growth and renewal. It’s the ideal time to freshen up your recovery. Spring Cleaning: Where to Start? Spring cleaning your recovery routine can seem like an overwhelming task, leaving you unsure of what to do and where to start. One way to begin is to think about key areas for sustaining your sobriety, and then tackle one or two at a time. Of […]

Why Your Breath Is a Powerful Tool for Recovery

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We all breathe – it’s essential to life. But what you might not realize is that breathing is also a necessity for good health; it’s a powerful tool for healing your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. For one, breathing fully and freely can put us back in touch with the essential rhythm of life. Think about watching a baby breathe. A baby inhales and exhales fully and freely in the now, just as we were meant to breathe, with no past to remember or future plans to worry about. With each inhale, the baby takes in life and with each […]

National Nutrition Month: Making Nutrition Work for Your Recovery

National Nutrition Month

While nutrition should always be top of mind for your recovery, March is a great month to put an even greater focus on the foods you’re eating. It’s National Nutrition Month, which was launched in 1973 by members of the American Dietetic Association (now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) to educate the public about the importance of nutrition. Good nutrition is important for everyone — and it’s even more important for people recovering from a substance use disorder. For one, the right foods can help repair physical damage from alcohol or drug abuse. Eating healthy can also boost your […]

Common Stumbling Blocks of Recovery

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As anyone in recovery can attest, getting and staying sober is not a straight line. Instead, there are ups and downs and many stumbling blocks along the way. While it won’t be easy, knowing what to expect can make recovery a little easier to navigate. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has created some great tools to help paint a better picture of some of the stumbling blocks to expect in recovery. They also offer some practical steps so these stumbling blocks don’t detour you from achieving your goal of lasting sobriety. The definition of a stumbling […]

Searching for Positivity in Recovery

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A positive attitude is a powerful force in recovery. While it’s easy to fixate on the negative – especially during early recovery while you’re wrestling with a host of emotions – doing everything in your power to find the positive can help you stay on the sober track. A positive attitude can help you find comfort in the past and hope for the future. But finding a genuine smile isn’t always simple and may take some time and effort as well as patience with yourself and your journey. Some people in recovery gain an optimistic view by reminding themselves that […]

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” […]