Shift Your Tone for Improved Mental Health

Tone Self-Talk

After reflecting on behavior from when you were actively addicted, you may experience feelings of shame and guilt. This is extremely common and means that you’re working the steps correctly. However, remaining in this negative headspace can be detrimental to your mental health in the long term. High self-esteem is something you’ll begin to build in rehab. As you overcome the compulsion to use drugs or alcohol, you’ll also leave behind the person you were in active addiction. This second chance enables you to choose positivity by changing the tone of your innermost thoughts.   The Importance of Positivity It […]

Do You Need Sober Coaching?

Sober Coaching

Recovering from addiction involves more than just attending treatment and going home. In fact, it’s often said that the real work of recovery begins after your program is complete. For this reason, it’s completely normal to feel anxious about returning to day-to-day life after residential addiction treatment. Transitioning from the highly structured environment of rehab to your daily life presents many unique challenges that can seem overwhelming in the moment. For those seeking additional support and guidance throughout early recovery, sober coaching can be extremely beneficial.   What is Sober Coaching? Sober coaches, also called sober companions, are individuals in […]

Healing the Trauma of Addiction

Trauma of Addiction

Studies show that most people will experience some form of trauma during their lifetime. Unfortunately, trauma and addiction go hand in hand. While a lot of conversation centers around how traumatic events drive people to addiction, that’s not the full story. Today, we’ll discuss how addiction itself is a traumatic experience that must be overcome.   Addiction is Traumatic Psychological trauma is broadly defined as a disturbing or distressing event that overwhelms one’s ability to cope and causes feelings of helplessness. Generally, circumstances involve betrayal, loss of control, pain, confusion, abuse of power, and loss. With those factors laid out, […]

Why Abstinence is Necessary for Recovery

Abstinence from Drugs and Alcohol

In the field of addiction, abstinence describes the process of completely avoiding certain potentially addictive substances (drugs and alcohol) or behaviors. If someone does not use a substance or engage in the behavior, they are said to be abstinent. Even centuries ago, before addictions were considered medical conditions, this method was the recommended treatment for drug or alcohol dependence. Today, we know that it is still the safest way to prevent a relapse. Read on to learn more.   The Root of Abstinence Perhaps the strongest argument for the abstinence model of recovery is its reflection of the disease model […]

Relaxation in Recovery

Relaxation in Early Recovery

For people in active addiction, relaxation is often about using. When drugs and alcohol are no longer in your life, it can be challenging to re-learn how to unwind each day. If you remain tired and stressed, never taking time to center yourself, it’s possible to fall into a negative cycle that often leads to relapse. Luckily, there are many ways to renew your spirit and decompress, and many of them are completely free!   How Do You Feel at the End of the Day? After a long day at work or school, certain emotions and physical states are common. […]

A Breakthrough in the Opioid Epidemic | Scientists Discover New Non-Addictive Painkiller

Non-Addictive Opioid Medication

One of the biggest challenges for those in addiction recovery is the limited list of options for the management of acute and chronic pain. While most issues are fully covered by typical over-the-counter medications like NSAIDs and other anti-inflammatory agents, sometimes one requires more substantial medication. This is particularly true when undergoing a serious dental or surgical procedure. Those with a history of substance use, particularly those with opioid use disorders, should not use hydrocodone, oxycodone, or other highly addictive opioid painkillers, which are typically prescribed in these cases. Today, researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine have made massive […]

Managing Finances in Addiction Recovery

Finances in Addiction Recovery

Addiction and Your Finances Nothing wreaks havoc on your personal finances like addiction. Purchasing ever-increasing amounts of drugs or alcohol is probably the costliest habit you could develop. While in the throes of addiction, money is a means to an end – going into work each day is an instrument to fund drug use. For many people, early recovery is a mixture of excitement and fear. In addiction treatment, you learn how to change your thinking, take charge of your day, and control your life. While focusing on all this inner work, it can be easy to overlook the small day-to-day […]

The Dangers of Perfectionism in Early Recovery

Perfectionism in Early Recovery

As you leave treatment and step back into your day-to-day life, it’s tempting to believe that you’ll never struggle with addiction again. You won’t see any old using friends; you won’t even feel tempted to use, ever, even once. While this desire for complete recovery is admirable, it’s important to make sure that you’re not setting unrealistic expectations. You may have heard the 12-Step phrase, “Progress, not perfection.” This is a cornerstone of your recovery for a reason. Unbeknownst to many people, perfectionism is a natural enemy of lasting sobriety – in fact, it’s often the driving factor behind your […]

Our Favorite Powerful Quotes About Recovery

Inspirational Quotes

Recovery is one of the most rewarding endeavors you’ll ever undertake – one with benefits that last a lifetime. It’s also something you need to work at every day. Whether you’re newly sober or have been in recovery for decades, everyone needs a little inspiration from time to time. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite motivational quotes below. The team at Segue Recovery invites you to revisit this list when you’re feeling tired, stressed, or overwhelmed.   25 Inspirational Addiction Recovery Quotes   “If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime.” – Benjamin Alire Sáenz […]

Grief and Loss in Recovery: How to Protect Your Sobriety When You’re Hurting

grief and loss in recovery

While recovery promises (and provides us with) a fresh start, it doesn’t shield us from all of the negative aspects of life. At some point, we’ll all experience the loss of someone close to us, whether it’s a friend, spouse, parent, or child. It’s important to know how to cope with the surge of emotions (grief) and challenges that come along with the death of a loved one. Protect your hard-earned recovery by preparing yourself and reacting appropriately when times are hard.   What is Grief? Many people will base their understanding of grief on Swedish psychologist Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’s famous […]