Why Your Breath Is a Powerful Tool for Recovery

power of breath

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 […]

Searching for Positivity in Recovery

positivity

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 

loving yourself

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

make most of mornings

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” […]

How Do Drugs Change Your Brain?

drugs and brain

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines your brain as “you – everything you think and feel, and who you are.” Not only does your brain regulate the basic functions of the body but it shapes your behavior and enables you to understand and respond to everything you experience. Keeping this definition in mind, it’s not too surprising that drugs can have a negative impact on your brain. These changes are perhaps most profound in the developing brain of teens. Drugs have actually been found to change how the brain functions by altering the organization of pathways in the […]

Immune Boosting Tips for a Healthy Recovery

immune boosting

Building your immunity is an important part of building your strength to endure the hard work of recovery – and it should definitely take a priority during cold and flu season. Hopefully, you’ve already gotten your flu shot. If not, it’s not too late. But beyond immunization there are some everyday things you can do to boost your immunity for a better recovery. What you eat, the amount of exercise you get and even your attitude can play a role in preventing illness: Healthy fats: Saturated fats from animal foods as well as trans fats from processed foods can interfere with […]

Unhealthy Habits to Leave Behind in 2018

unhealthy habits

It’s the beginning of 2019 – and it’s the perfect time to take stock of some unhealthy habits that may be harmful to your overall health and your recovery. Of course, you know you best – so take a few minutes to jot down some things that may be hindering your recovery progress. Here are a few ideas to get you started: Smoking. Yes, this is easier said than done but quitting smoking (including e-cigarettes) is really well worth the effort! For one, studies have found that quitting smoking during addiction recovery can increase your chances of lasting sobriety. Plus, […]

Nostalgia During Recovery: What You Should Know

nostalgia

It’s easy to get nostalgic during this time of year, especially as you’re beginning to form new supports and new sober traditions. The holidays can bring on feelings of sadness or loneliness – and this alone can trigger nostalgia. Often defined as “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past,” nostalgia has both a positive and negative side during recovery. It can be a great reminder of why you’re working so hard in your recovery, especially if you’re recalling memories that help motivate you to stay sober. Nostalgia for old friends or past parties can be dangerous, however, because […]

Managing Stress This Holiday Season

holiday stress

It’s official: The holiday season has begun. Certainly, this can be a reason to celebrate – but it’s also a signal that you need to start safeguarding your mental health. For as happy and joyful as the holidays can be, they can also be stressful. Luckily, some of the same self-care activities you practice for your recovery can help manage your stress levels, too! Here are a few to try this holiday season: Make recovery to-dos a priority. This is an important one. The holidays can be tough and now is not the time to skip therapy or support groups or […]