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7 Benefits of Quitting Drinking

If you're in the early stages of recovery, it can be helpful to remind yourself of all you stand to gain by staying sober. The benefits of quitting drinking can touch nearly every aspect of your life. 1. You'll Look Better Alcohol dehydrates the body and causes inflammation. This can cause skin to look dry, [...]

Promote Lasting Sobriety by Spending Time in Nature

Did you know that experts believe most Americans spend about 90 percent of their day indoors? Our modern lifestyles often don't provide many opportunities to naturally spend time outside, which means we need to make a conscious effort to head outdoors. If you're in recovery, you should make it a goal to spend at least [...]

10 Recovery Podcasts That Inspire, Educate, and Entertain

Listening to recovery podcasts can be a wonderful way to support your sobriety while you're commuting, handling household chores, or exercising at the gym. About Podcasts Podcasts are on-demand Internet radio programs that are generally either the monologue of a single speaker or a conversation between a host and one or more guest speakers. You [...]

Why Are 12-Step Programs So Popular?

For individuals struggling with substance use disorders, 12-Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous often play a vital role in the recovery progress. Taking the time to understand the benefits of a 12-Step approach can help you decide how to best structure your continuing care plan. 5 Key Benefits of 12-Step Programs The [...]

Masculinity, Trauma, and Addiction: Breaking the Cycle of Toxic Masculinity to Get Men the Help They Need

The gender-based differences in addiction are hard to ignore. According the National Institute on Drug Abuse: Men have higher rates of binge drinking and alcohol abuse in most age groups. Men more likely to use almost all types of illicit drugs—including both illegal street drugs and misused prescription drugs. Men are more likely to need [...]

10 Facts You Need to Know About the Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic was first declared a public health emergency in 2017. If you are struggling with opioid abuse or believe a loved one may be in need of addiction treatment, there are some important facts to consider as you decide how to best proceed with the recovery process. 1. Over 100 People Die of [...]

Enjoying Your First Sober Holiday Season

Your first year of recovery will be full of many challenges, including how to best celebrate the holidays as someone who is newly sober. The risk of relapse is higher during this time, but remaining vigilant about your recovery will help you stay on the right track. Focus on What Brings You Joy There are [...]

Opioid Epidemic Creates a Blurred Line Between Dependency and Abuse

With the opioid epidemic making headlines every week, it's understandable to be worried about the risk of addiction if you or someone you love has been prescribed opioids. However, you must remember that opioid medication does play a vital role in the management of chronic pain for certain individuals. It does these patients a disservice [...]

Don’t Derail Your Recovery with a Substitute Addiction

Certain personality traits have been proven to be associated with the development of substance use disorders. Exposure to trauma and a lack of a strong support system can also contribute to the development of unhealthy coping mechanisms. In some cases, this can include the development of substitute addictions after completing a drug or alcohol rehab [...]

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Social Media Use in Recovery: What You Need to Know

Being in recovery means rethinking every aspect of your daily routine, including how you use social media. Your time online has the potential to either be a tool for sobriety or a threat to the recovery process. Advantages of Social Media in Recovery In some cases, social media can be an aid in the recovery [...]