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Success in addiction recovery does depend on the quality of a treatment program, and often the length of the time one stays in treatment. Yes, the right treatment for individuals struggling with addiction can increase their chances of recovery, but... read more...
Category: Recovery on 9 April 2019
10 AA sayings that hit the nail on the head. These AA sayings are good to have in your possession no matter how much time you have in recovery as they can help you out when things get tough. read more...
Category: Recovery on 22 January 2019
A big part of a new sober life is learning to be successful at work while keeping a focus on recovery. Living a sober and fulfilled life requires some planning. Happy hour is not so happy for those of us in recovery and a life of nothingness can easily cause someone to relapse, as William Shakespeare once said: “Nothing will come of nothing.” read more...
Category: Recovery on 2 January 2019
When someone is in addiction recovery, “sponsor” is the word often heard in association with that person's recovery. For those of you who are not familiar with this word, sponsor is a senior member of AA or NA who has been in recovery for at least a year. Sponsors help individuals in early recovery to navigate membership, answer questions, work on the 12-steps, and offer accountability. A sponsor is also a confidant who understands where the person in recovery is coming from, mentally and emotionally. read more...
Category: Recovery on 26 December 2018
Many are aware of the "seasonal mood changes", the condition that seems to be following the calendar. This is especially true for individuals in recovery experiencing the “winter blues”. If you are one of those people, this is the time to tune up your inner strength and re-supply your recovery coping skills “tool box”. read more...
Category: Recovery on 20 September 2018
This article explores each of the four topics referenced in the H.A.L.T. acronym. read more...
Category: Recovery on 23 August 2018
Goals can be important for individuals in addiction recovery for a number of reasons including: read more...
Category: Recovery on 9 August 2018
The lines below come from Merimée Moffitt’s blog “The 30 things I learned with Dr. Robert D. Waterman. According to her blog what she heard from Dr. Waterman was instrumental in helping her move forward with her life during challenging times. We choose to share a few of those words because they might resonate with some of our readers who are struggling with addiction or experiencing some tough challenges on their road to recovery. read more...
Category: Recovery on 7 August 2018
Accepting addiction as a disease is often the initial step to family recovery. Families need to understand that they have not caused their loved one’s addiction and that they can’t control or stop him or her from using drugs or alcohol. Fellowships suggest that when families feel guilty or ashamed about their loved one’s addiction, they should remind themselves: “I didn’t cause, I can’t control, and I can’t cure it”. These simple words contain the wisdom earned over many years by countless family members who have a loved one abusing drugs or alcohol. In understanding the dynamics of the three Cs (cause, control & cure) about addiction, family members and friends will put themselves in a better place to help the impaired individual in the recovery process. read more...
Category: Recovery on 24 April 2018
One of the most common slogans in addiction recovery is “One Day at a Time.” But what does it really mean? What is it about this slogan that can help someone in recovery gain perspective and hope? read more...
Category: Recovery on 22 March 2018
Have you ever wondered about the real benefits behind the music many of us so passionately listen to? Whether we jam to pop, country, rock n’ roll, jazz, Latin or even create our own music, we can’t deny that throughout history music has been a big part of society. We have come to learn that music is more than just entertainment and social connection; it improves mood and mental health and in the context of addiction and it can help individuals in their recovery process. read more...
Category: Recovery on 18 January 2018
Recovering from an addiction is one of the hardest endeavors a person can endure. But for even if rehab is successfully completed returning to everyday life can be daunting. It’s difficult to go back to the life you had before rehab when so much has changed for you. Many people worry about relapsing and the fear of that can cause a lot of anxiety. If someone has experienced relapse they may think it’s the end of the world and lose confidence in continuing their journey to sobriety. Here are some reasons why relapse does not mean you’ve failed at a chance for a sober life. read more...
Category: Recovery on 11 January 2018
Whether you’re the CEO of a company or just a regular employee, watching a colleague suffer through an addiction can be particularly difficult to witness. While employers can fire an employee whose work is suffering due to the employee’s alcohol or drug issues, many want to help by means of a substance abuse treatment program. read more...
Category: Recovery on 4 January 2018
It's no secret that we live in the golden age of social media. These days we're able to connect with each other on a whole other level compared to ten years ago. The different platforms we use to communicate with each other has allowed us to connect with others of similar likes, dislikes and even behaviors bringing forward different types of relationships. But what exactly does this mean for the individual struggling with addiction? read more...
Category: Recovery on 26 December 2017
More people should know that drug and alcohol abuse is a disease and not just individuals who have no will power in controlling their drinking and drug use. While addiction can't be cured, there are ways to manage it. The road to recovery is full of twists and turns but having a plan can help avoid pitfalls and possible relapses. Here are some important factors to consider in order achieve a successful recovery: read more...
Category: Recovery on 14 December 2017
The road to recovery after drug addiction is hard and requires a lot of personal strength. There'll be good days and bad, ups and downs and even if you have plenty of emotional support there will be days you'll think of giving in. During addiction treatment you may have learned that breathing exercises can help reduce stress and anxiety, which in turn can help you along your recovery process. read more...
Category: Recovery on 11 December 2017
Getting sober is not easy and staying that way is where the real challenges lie. Learning to master your new life and enjoy it again will be a trial-and-error process that will take months of practice, lots of time and courage. The first 3 to 6 months are the hardest and until you find your rhythm sticking to the four S’s of RECOVERY will help you through this challenging time. read more...
Category: Recovery on 20 November 2017
For most individuals leaving rehab can be a terrifying thought as establishing a routine can seem difficult, but by starting the recovery process with a positive mind can help in easing this process. Remember that, One Step at a Time it is. Routine and planning are your friends and can guide the way to a fulfilling life packed with adventures and excitement. Here are some tips on how to rediscover the adventure that life can offer after addiction. read more...
Category: Recovery on 13 November 2017
In today's society we are run by the concept of success and failure. Even as children we were taught to believe that no matter what we do we will either fail or succeed and failing means you're not good enough. These beliefs can cause fear of failure and fear is what prevents so many people from trying in the first place or giving up when they hear "no". As the great Albert Einstein famously said, "You don't fail until you stop trying." read more...
Category: Recovery on 19 October 2017
For successful visualization, it is said that the key is to visualize what it is you want and to feel as though you already have it. read more...
Category: Recovery on 11 October 2017
50 quotes collected by Cathy Taughinbaugh to celebrate recovery! read more...
Category: Recovery on 28 September 2017
When the late George Bernard Shaw quoted, "We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future," perhaps he did not realize how important those words could be for someone recovering from a drug addiction. read more...
Category: Recovery on 22 September 2017
Many people assume that a lack of willpower is what prevents a person from achieving the thing they set out to achieve. It is often said that someone who struggles with being overweight most certainly lacks willpower in controlling their eating habits and people who suffer from any type of addiction must simply "will" themselves to stop pursuing their drug of choice if they want to recover. read more...
Category: Recovery on 14 September 2017
Being called selfish is not usually considered a compliment. As humans, we have acclimated to the idea that we need to understand and adapt to our surroundings to survive. Our ancient ancestors knew that in order to provide for and sustain the well-being of their families they needed to take care of themselves first. Nowadays, the idea of being selfish is frowned upon in most societies but when it comes to recovering from a debilitating addiction, it could be the difference between life or death. read more...
Category: Recovery on 7 September 2017
Addiction recovery is characterized by extreme emotions and requires major lifestyle changes. Although recovery is filled with ups and downs, the bumps on the road can often feel overwhelming and spur a relapse. Even those individuals with the best intention of avoiding relapse at all costs can find themselves relapsing and becoming frustrated as their efforts to stay clean and sober fail. But no matter what, there is always hope. To increase your chances of a successful recovery here are 10 things you can do to help you stay on track. read more...
Category: Recovery on 23 August 2017
Celebrate the power of recovery and support those who are struggling. Join us this September for Recovery Month 2017! read more...
Category: Recovery on 23 August 2017
Steps an individual in recovery needs to take to ensure a successful recovery. Planning, taking action and structuring a future that includes a career path that express your passion. read more...
Category: Recovery on 14 March 2017
Guiding Principles of Recovery: Hope, Person-Driven, Many Pathways, Holistic, Peer Support, Relational, Culture, Trauma Addressed, Strengths/Responsibility, Respect. read more...
Category: Recovery on 8 February 2017
SAMHSA’s working definition of Recovery. read more...
Category: Recovery on 4 January 2017

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