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September 26, 2017

5 Signs Fear Is Controlling Your Life

For people in recovery, fear can have a major impact on one’s life. Sometimes, without even noticing, fear can be a significant factor in decision-making or even be controlling one’s life altogether. Fear affects happiness and can cause people to make decisions that they wouldn’t otherwise make. Drugs and alcohol can provide a sense of … Continued

September 26, 2017

How to Tell People You Don’t Drink Without Breaking Anonymity

Telling people you don’t drink can feel like an uncomfortable exchange in early recovery. One of the of the traditions of 12-step fellowships, like AA, is the principle of “anonymity.” Anonymity means that members of the fellowship don’t tell non-members that they practice 12 steps to remain sober. New members of 12-step fellowships can find … Continued

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September 26, 2017

5 Signs You’re A Codependent Person

Codependency is a common trait among people who suffer from addiction or alcoholism. This is because addiction is a major trigger for codependent relationships among family members or significant others. Those closest to an addict feel they need to support them and protect them, which often leads to overprotection and enabling. When a person gets … Continued

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August 28, 2017

Why Non-Alcoholic Beer is Still Dangerous For Recovery

In early recovery, it can be tempting to look for alternatives to drugs or alcohol. Some people may begin using tobacco more frequently, drinking more caffeine, or looking for supplements that might give a slight buzz or “pick-me-up.” This is because addiction is also a habit of just “doing” something frequently, leading to people looking … Continued

August 23, 2017

6 Alternatives to 12-Step Programs

Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other 12-step programs have nearly become synonymous with recovery and can be found all over the world. 12 steps have even been integrated into many addiction treatment centers but is there anything else out there? Though 12 steps are very popular, they are not a sure-cure for addiction nor do … Continued

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August 14, 2017

8 Ways To Practice Mindfulness in Sobriety

Mindfulness can be a confusing idea for someone who is new to the practice. Most people spend most of their mental capacity thinking about the future or dwelling on the past. Focusing on the present moment can be the most difficult but is also the most rewarding. Present moment awareness is a valuable skill to … Continued

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August 7, 2017

5 Types of People to Avoid in Rehab

If it’s your first time going to addiction treatment, it’s important to learn that not everybody in rehab wants to be there, wants to get sober, or wants you to do well. Some people are forced into rehab by a court, while others were given an ultimatum to attend treatment or else they could lose … Continued

July 31, 2017

Top Democrat Slams Trump And His Opioid Crisis Commission

In March, President Trump signed an executive order creating The Commission on Combating Drug Addiction And The Opioid Crisis, which received praise from both sides of the aisle. Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) was named chairman of the commission and it quickly resembled a legitimate bipartisan effort to curb the current addiction epidemic in this country, … Continued

man with a dual diagnosis
July 24, 2017

Does A Dual Diagnosis Mean I’m Doomed?

Suffering from mental illness can make staying sober seem impossible. Many people with mood disorders use drug or alcohol to self-medicate, so when the substance is gone, it may be hard to cope with even everyday life, let alone stress or major life events. Fortunately, dual diagnosis is not the end of the world nor … Continued

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July 17, 2017

Unmanaged Anger and Drug Relapse

I can attest that in early recovery, anger can get a little out of control. Being newly sober, little things can cause extreme agitation or even outbursts. Learning to have patience without drugs or alcohol can sometimes seem impossible. In fact, anger is one of the most common causes of drug relapse. This is why … Continued