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 […]

The Benefits of Sober Living

Sober Living

  As you prepare to transition from residential or inpatient addiction treatment back to “the real world,” you may hear people talking about sober living. These communities can be an invaluable asset in early recovery, and the people who have stayed in them cite group support and accountability as major benefits they’ve experienced throughout the process. Read on to learn if a sober living community is right for you.   What is Sober Living? Transitioning from inpatient treatment back to normal life can be one of the most challenging components of early recovery. After putting in so much work and […]

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

aftercare

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

spring clean recovery

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

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 […]