Practicing Recovery

Staying Busy in Recovery

By |2019-03-21T13:44:34-04:00March 20th, 2019|Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery|

Before you entered treatment, most of your free time was probably spent abusing drugs or alcohol. Now that you're in recovery, finding ways to fill your day will prevent boredom from triggering cravings. Try a New Hobby Recovery is the perfect time to reinvent yourself. If you've always wanted to learn to play the guitar, [...]

Giving Back in Recovery

By |2019-03-12T13:00:18-04:00March 11th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery|

In the earliest stages of recovery, it's best to focus solely on self-care. However, once you've gone through withdrawal and built a foundation for sobriety, it's time to start thinking about how you can give back to others. Benefits of Giving Back in Recovery St. Francis of Assisi once said, “For it is in giving [...]

Promote Lasting Sobriety by Spending Time in Nature

By |2019-01-03T17:59:28-04:00January 2nd, 2019|Aftercare, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Exercising, Health, Holistic Treatment, Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery, Recommended Reading|

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

By |2018-12-19T14:12:06-04:00December 18th, 2018|12 Steps, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, Health, Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery, Recommended Reading, Resource|

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?

By |2018-12-07T18:15:27-04:00December 6th, 2018|12 Steps, Aftercare, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery, Resource|

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

By |2018-12-07T18:12:50-04:00November 27th, 2018|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Exercising, Health, Physical training, Practicing Recovery, Recommended Reading, Resource|

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 [...]

Enjoying Your First Sober Holiday Season

By |2018-11-13T13:20:04-04:00November 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 |2018-10-23T13:01:11-04:00September 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 |2018-10-23T13:04:03-04:00July 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 |2018-10-23T13:05:02-04:00June 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 [...]