When you’ve been engaged in therapy but don’t feel like you’re making progress, it can be very frustrating.If this feeling has occurred for you, approach your therapist and let them know you’d like to collaborate to problem solve. Both you and your therapist can begin to look for barriers that are getting in the way…

FACILITATING TRANSITION FOR YOUNG MEN WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES INTO INDEPENDENT ADULTHOOD

Having a routine is a key component to a stable recovery. However, anyone who lives a fulfilling life will encounter changes that can interrupt their routine. One change people in recovery may encounter early on in their sobriety is returning to work after spending time in treatment.  If a person has taken time off from…

One of the hardest parts of recovery is filling in those gaps once occupied by addiction. For many, finding healthy activities to mentally and emotionally stimulate themselves can be a challenge. Overeating, and subsequently weight gain, is often a result.The first thing to understand is that weight gain during recovery is perfectly normal and expected.…

4 Steps to Rebuild Self-Respect During Recovery

Addiction affects an entire person – physically, mentally, and emotionally. It’s what makes recovery a difficult process for some people. You can’t focus on one just one area and hope to fully get better.  Spirituality is one of the more common types of recovery treatment since it helps heal the mind, body, and soul. Despite…

Getting sober from drugs and alcohol is incredibly tough work. Many people in the beginning stages of their recovery journey do not know the amount of change required of them as they get sober from drugs and alcohol. Part of this is because they do not yet understand the difference between abstinence and recovery. As…

Group Therapy vs. Solo Therapy

Employment provides people with a sense of purpose and fulfillment in their lives. It helps them structure their time and alleviates their boredom. Employment can also provide people with an opportunity to socialize and make new friends, and lead to an increased self-esteem through receiving praise for a job well done and a paycheck for…

Is Addiction a Disease or a Choice

Getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult in early recovery. Due to post-acute withdrawal symptoms, people in early recovery can experience weeks of tossing and turning as well as racing thoughts that prevent them from being able to fall asleep. When they finally do fall asleep, they may find themselves jolted awake by drug…

The Difference Between Sober Living and Halfway Houses

A person may occasionally experience discomfort through their recovery from a substance use disorder. As a result, people in recovery sometimes gravitate towards other excessive behaviors to alleviate these feelings of discomfort. Cross-addictions are behaviors that are done in excess to help a person escape some part of their reality that is causing them discomfort.…

The Power of Morning Meditation

Many people in recovery will attest to how helpful yoga has been for them. Yoga can help a person deal with underlying issues related to their substance use disorder, like anxiety and depression. It can also help them address symptoms of their substance use disorder, like cravings and triggers. Additionally, yoga provides a way of…

choose a sober sponsor

Substance use disorders are complicated diseases that often involve psychological and physiological cravings for drugs and/or alcohol. Medication assisted treatment is one of the evidenced-based practices used to address substance use disorders and is especially helpful in addressing the cravings that can trigger people working towards recovery. Medication Assisted Treatment Defined Medication assisted treatment, or…