HOW: Honesty, Open-Mindedness and Willingness

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Denial and dishonesty frequently stand in the way of substance abuse recovery. Active addiction teaches people to lie to themselves and others about the extent of their problems, saying things like “I can quit whenever I want” or “I don’t drink that much.” In many cases, this dishonesty is unintentional because drugs and alcohol can cloud people’s thoughts and beliefs. However, some people who struggle with substance abuse are dishonest in an effort to protect their addiction because they can’t imagine life without it. Honesty, open-mindedness and a genuine willingness to change form the foundation of substance abuse recovery. They […]

Tools for Success in Addiction Recovery

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Daily life is stressful even in the best of times, and the COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented mass trauma event we are all processing in real time. For sustained sobriety, you need to arm yourself with a toolkit of healthy coping strategies that help you manage life’s ups and downs and avoid a dangerous return to substance abuse. When you part ways with your substance of use, you’ll need to find new hobbies and other enjoyable ways to fill the hours you used to spend drinking or using. You must also surround yourself with positive people who understand your goals […]

Your Life Changes When Your Feet Start to Move

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In the BRC family of programs, we have a favorite motto: “Your life changes when your feet start to move.” What do we mean when we say this, and how can you incorporate this philosophy into your recovery journey? People in Recovery Must Keep Making Positive Progress Most substance abusers don’t start drinking or using because they want to destroy their lives. However, people who try to quit may find their substance of use calling them back in the form of cravings and withdrawal. Eventually, drug and alcohol abuse becomes a self-sustaining cycle – a rut that’s challenging to find […]

My Family Is Sabotaging My Recovery

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In substance abuse recovery, you’ll encounter various obstacles to overcome. One of these is coming to terms with the fact that some people in your life might not want you to succeed in sobriety. While they don’t necessarily wish you ill, their behavior may sabotage your progress. It’s crucial to develop a strategy for dealing with people who come between you and your goals. Why Would Anyone Sabotage Your Recovery? One group of family members who may try to get in the way of your recovery are those who still regularly use and abuse substances. To these people, your newfound […]

What Are Relapse Dreams?

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Dreams’ meaning and purpose have fascinated us for millennia. Despite extensive scientific research into why we dream, we still don’t have a concrete answer to the question. However, the fact that most animals dream suggests dreaming has a deep-seated evolutionary purpose. Most prevailing theories point to the idea that our dreams help us retain memories, process complicated emotions, express long-held desires and “rehearse” dealing with difficult or dangerous circumstances. If you’ve ever had a vivid dream about returning to substance abuse after a prolonged period of sobriety, you might wake up wondering what caused your subconscious mind to explore the […]

Does Sober Living Improve Your Recovery?

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While completing an accredited treatment program is an essential first step in getting clean and sober, it’s only one part of the continuum of care. You also need a plan for where you’ll go and what you’ll do after you get discharged from an inpatient rehab center. Many people in the vulnerable early stages of recovery find they need the additional structure and support found in a transitional living facility. What does this entail, and what benefits can you expect to discover? What Is Transitional Living? Newly sober people may find that a return to the “real world” after living […]

Characteristics of a Dysfunctional Family

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In an ideal world, your family members would be your staunchest supporters – people you could count on to be in your corner through thick and thin. Unfortunately, for many of us, that isn’t the case. Family dysfunction is a prevalent problem that creates a shaky foundation for relationships. However, if you grew up in a dysfunctional family, you might not recognize the hallmarks of this environment. The American Psychological Association defines a dysfunctional family as one in which “relationships or communication are impaired and members are unable to attain closeness and self-expression.” A family is dysfunctional if they regularly […]

Rebuilding Trust After Addiction Treatment

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After you successfully complete an accredited addiction treatment program, one of your top priorities will likely be repairing damaged relationships with friends and family members. While it’s essential to apologize to people you harmed in active addiction and demonstrate your commitment to change, this process can’t happen overnight. You will need to be patient and understand that your loved ones will require time and space to heal and move forward. Having a loved one who struggles with a substance use disorder can be an emotionally challenging experience. As drinking or drug use became a higher priority in your life, you […]

The Anxious Person’s Guide to Self-Forgiveness

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The ability to forgive yourself for your mistakes is an essential skill emotionally mature people should strive for. However, while you might be very gracious in letting go of feelings of anger or resentment toward others, you might be overly harsh on yourself – especially if your anxiety causes you to second-guess your decisions. How can you learn self-forgiveness and improve your mental well-being along the way? The Value of Self-Forgiveness We tend to justify our bad behavior in the desire to sweep complex emotions under the rug. The ability to forgive yourself doesn’t mean you’re letting yourself off the […]

Tips for Moving Forward After a Job Loss

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The economic downturn that resulted from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic caused many people to lose their homes and jobs. If you’re one of the millions of people who have found themselves suddenly unemployed, how can you learn to cope with a job loss? 1. Give Yourself Time and Space to Explore Your Feelings Losing your job can be demoralizing. Your confidence levels may be at an all-time low, and you could be feeling the sting of rejection. These emotions are natural, and to move on, you need to process your grief. Don’t wallow in negativity, but be kind to yourself […]