Structure is a vital component of recovery from substance abuse. When transitioning into a totally new way of living life, daily routine and structured activities provide consistency in a time of serious change. The structured environment of a sober living home is not created with the purpose of keeping residents on a tight leash or…

Steps to Keep and Maintain a Substance Use Diary

Forget what you knew about diaries. They are no longer the sappy middle school journals of the past, full of entries about crushes and friend drama. A diary is simply a chronicle of a specific time in your life, and at this point in your life, it may be a good time to start a…

4 steps to finding purpose and belonging

It’s the age-old question: how do I find purpose in life? So many avenues today promise you the fulfillment you’re looking for. From substances to sports, careers to money, you’ll find no shortage of avenues if you’re looking to invest in something you believe will provide purpose. If you’ve tried to find true belonging in…

Your brain can recover from alcohol use

It’s no secret that with extended use, alcohol can damage the brain. Alcohol can affect the brain and the body in so many ways, especially once the habit becomes chronic. Here’s the good news: much of these effects can be controlled, or entirely eliminated, once you’re able to achieve and maintain sobriety. In fact, sobriety…

Woman smelling a yellow flower in a field of yellow flowers

True recovery from addiction knows no shortcuts. It’s a day by day, week by week, month by month process without a firm template or a timetable, a process that looks slightly different from one person to another. During the recovery process, one of the main goals is to reach a point where you can be…

Man standing beside his bike at the top of a mountain

We’re going to tell you two things you probably already know: If you’re struggling with addiction, or if you love a friend or family member currently struggling through an addiction, hope and freedom are waiting.The road from addiction to that freedom is not easy, but it is possible. Anyone who has found themselves struggling with…

Man writing in a journal

Addiction recovery happens at a different pace for everyone. You’re working through major life changes, and there’s no exact timetable for full rehabilitation. During this process, honesty – both with yourself and with the friends and family members journeying with you – is crucial. Especially when you’re dealing with challenging emotions that might be difficult…

man looking out window

The process of recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is challenging. For some people, it can be a long journey. If you find yourself struggling, you are not alone–and we don’t just mean that in the stereotypical way. Many people find themselves going back to old habits before considering themselves fully recovered.Don’t Give UpWhile the…

man in nature

Recovery from addiction is often a challenging journey. It’s common for someone overcoming an addiction to make mistakes and begin using again. This is known as a relapse.  Some people view relapsing as having failed in the recovery process, but this simply is not true. Relapses are common. In fact, the relapse rate for substance…

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…