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How Many Meetings Do You Need to Stay Sober?

Posted on October 1, 2015 in Recovery

How Many Meetings Do You Need to Stay Sober?When you first get sober, you often hear people suggesting that you go to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. You’re probably encouraged to go to a lot of different meetings in order to see where you feel most comfortable. At meetings you can get to know many different people who are recovering from drug or alcohol abuse. You can share your experience, strength and hope with others in recovery and you can hear about what happened to them and the tools they use to lead a sober and useful life. 

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How to Improve Your Mood Without Substances

Posted on September 15, 2015 in Recovery

https://41.media.tumblr.com/d825c0bb793e4d9068c587136144a6aa/tumblr_nljacf7CLc1rsxqqio1_500.jpgIn sobriety, there are times when feelings can be painful and sometimes overpowering. From sadness to anger to anxiousness, many of your feelings may be difficult to experience, and now that you’re sober, those feelings may have increased in intensity. When you have been in the habit of running away from your emotions by reaching for mind-altering substances, you may find that in sobriety you feel uncomfortable with your negative emotions. You feel uncomfortable in your own skin and you’re not sure how to improve your mood and make yourself feel more at ease.

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The Devastating Impact of Addiction on Family

Posted on July 30, 2015 in Recovery

The Devastating Impact of Addiction on FamilyAddiction is a terrible disease. Addicts, even once in recovery, face a life of struggle. Addicts lose money, jobs, relationships and more to their disease and battle every day in recovery to avoid going back to that awful place. What makes addiction so insidious, though, is that the addict is not the only one to suffer. How addiction affects the family of the addict is complicated. Sometimes the family situation contributes to addiction, but the addiction always impacts the family in devastating ways.

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Tips for Recovering From Gambling Addiction

Posted on July 25, 2015 in Gambling Addiction

Tips for Recovering From Gambling AddictionIf you are wondering how to beat gambling addiction, you may need to get professional help. On the other hand, if you have already received treatment and are now abstaining from gambling, you now need advice for avoiding a relapse. The drive to gamble for an addict is powerful, but you can resist it. Hopefully your therapist or counselor has given you the tools you need to live your life without gambling, but it never hurts to get some extra help. Here are some important gambling recovery tips to help you live your life to the fullest without giving into the temptation to gamble:

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How to Help a Child Through Rehab

Posted on April 7, 2015 in Recovery

How to Help a Child Through RehabThe experience of watching a child struggle with addiction is heart-breaking. You want to take away her pain and make her feel whole again. You feel guilty and ashamed at the same time. You wonder where you went wrong or if this is your fault. Most of all you feel helpless. You aren’t helpless, though. While it is true that you can’t cure your child or force her to do anything she doesn’t want to do, you can help and support her. Going through rehab might be the toughest thing she does, but if you are there to guide and help, she can get through it successfully. 

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Exercise and Recovery: You Always Feel Better

Posted on November 21, 2014 in Recovery

Exercise and Recovery: You Always Feel BetterAt the first AA meeting I went to almost 25 years ago, an old timer was asked to talk to the group and tell his story. I’ll never forget the first words he said, standing up in front of the group of about 50 alcoholics:

“Yeah, even though I’m glad to be at a meeting, and I’m honored that I was asked to speak here tonight, it makes me sad looking out at this group, because one thing I know is a fact: half of y’all are going to die drunk.”

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Do I Need a New Sponsor?

Posted on September 25, 2014 in Recovery

Do I Need a New Sponsor?If you have been going through addiction treatment and recovery, a support group has likely been a part of your program. Support groups are wonderful tools for helping addicts newly in recovery. They offer mutual support, the ability to share experiences and—often most helpful—the guidance of a sponsor. A sponsor is someone who has been through addiction and recovery, who has been sober for a long period of time, and someone who can give you the benefit of his experience.

Not all sponsor relationships stand the test of time. You shouldn’t feel bad if you think you need to request a new sponsor from your support group. Some people just don’t mesh well, but it is also possible that your sponsor isn’t right for the job. For your own well-being and recovery, politely ask for a new sponsor if you feel you need to make a change. 

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Creative Arts as a Treatment for Addiction

Posted on September 13, 2014 in Research & News

Creative Arts as a Treatment for AddictionWhen most people think about therapy, what comes to mind is two people sitting in an office: the clinician and the client. The client speaks about his or her emotional challenges and the therapist listens and offers sage advice. Since there isn’t a cookie-cutter method for treating addiction that is effective, there are alternatives that reach people where they are. One example is non-verbal approaches to recovery.

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Defeating Enablers in Recovery

Posted on July 3, 2014 in Recovery

Defeating Enablers in RecoveryEnablers of addicts are not always aware of the harm they cause people in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. If you have someone in your life making excuses for your substance abuse that actively helps you get access to drugs or alcohol, or that simply doesn’t support your sobriety, you have an enabler. The only way to have a successful recovery and to avoid the temptations to start using again is to confront your enablers and refuse to let them lead you down the wrong path.

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Recovering From Crack Addiction

Posted on June 24, 2014 in Street Drug Addiction

Crack cocaine is one of the most addictive drugs abused by people. It hijacks the brain from the first use and makes it nearly impossible to stop using without help from professionals. If you or someone you love has succumbed to crack addiction, there is hope. The road ahead will be long and difficult, but you can get into recovery and learn to live a sober life again. Lean on the support of friends and family and get help from experienced professionals for the best odds of success.

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