Practicing Recovery

Enjoying Your First Sober Holiday Season

By |2018-11-13T13:20:04+00:00November 8th, 2018|12 Steps, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Health, Holiday, Practicing Recovery, Relapse|

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 [...]

Don’t Derail Your Recovery with a Substitute Addiction

By |2018-10-23T13:01:11+00:00September 11th, 2018|Aftercare, Practicing Recovery, Relapse|

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 [...]

SMART Recovery Offers a Possible 12-Step Alternative

By |2018-10-23T13:04:03+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Aftercare, Practicing Recovery|

If you're struggling to make the 12-Step process work for you, don't give up hope of a lasting recovery. Although Alcoholics Anonymous and other similar groups play a vital role in keeping millions of people clean and sober, these organizations aren't right for everyone. SMART Recovery is one AA alternative that you may wish to [...]

Understanding the Continuum of Care in Addiction Treatment

By |2018-10-23T13:05:02+00:00June 24th, 2018|Aftercare, Family Resource, Practicing Recovery|

"Continuum of care" is a phrase that's commonly used in addiction treatment, but many people seeking help for a substance use disorder find themselves wondering exactly what this means. Essentially, continuum of care refers to having a detailed plan for what services a person needs to help him or her stay sober after seeking residential [...]

7 Sober Celebrity Role Models

By |2018-10-23T13:28:52+00:00January 30th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, For Families of Addicts, Practicing Recovery|

When you're struggling with a drug and alcohol addiction, having sober role models to look up to can help you stay motivated on the path to recovery. If you're in need of celebrity inspiration, these 7 recovering substance abusers prove that great things are possible when you're willing to commit yourself to getting the help [...]

What to Expect During Your First Year of Recovery

By |2018-07-30T12:23:07+00:00January 9th, 2018|Aftercare, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, Practicing Recovery|

When you've made the decision to seek addiction treatment, it's hard to imagine what your life will be like without drugs or alcohol. Although no two people are exactly alike, this article outlines some of the issues you can expect to deal with during your first year in recovery. Withdrawal The term withdrawal refers to [...]

Setting SMART Goals for the New Year

By |2018-10-23T13:31:00+00:00December 27th, 2017|12 Steps, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Practicing Recovery|

Making New Year's resolutions may be a time-honored tradition, but most of us aren't very good at keeping those resolutions. Often, our lack of follow-through isn't a matter of motivation or willpower. It's because we haven't taken the time to set goals that are effective in bringing about real changes in our lives. If you're [...]

Post Rehab Do’s and Don’ts for Loved Ones

By |2018-07-30T12:26:17+00:00December 11th, 2017|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, For Families of Addicts, Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery|

When your loved one comes home from rehab, it's natural to be nervous about what comes next. This guide will give you a basic framework for navigating some of the common challenges faced during the post-rehab adjustment period. Do Take Time to Educate Yourself If you've never struggled with drug or alcohol abuse yourself, it [...]

Building Your Recovery Playlist

By |2018-10-23T16:20:32+00:00June 28th, 2017|Aftercare, Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery|

Music can be a wonderful source of support, inspiration, and motivation during the recovery process. Consider developing your own addiction recovery playlist to help you tackle the challenges of sober living, using these popular songs as a starting point. Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park I don't know what's worth fighting for Or why I [...]

7 Tips for Healthy Eating in Recovery

By |2018-10-23T16:26:32+00:00May 14th, 2017|Aftercare, Practicing Recovery|

Substance abuse has long been linked to nutritional deficiencies. The empty calories in wine, beer, and liquor reduce the desire to consume a healthy diet, while the urge to seek a high from illegal drugs often causes substance abusers to skip meals in search of their next fix. If you're in recovery, following a balanced [...]