At its core, recovery from substance abuse is a creative process. Recovery is unique for every individual, and must be crafted to fit individual needs. It’s not a linear, mathematical journey that can be calculated – it’s complex and requires imagination, expression and inspiration. The journey towards sobriety requires creative modes of treatment. To address…

Pursuing successful recovery isn’t just about getting sober. Successful recovery means living an independent and fulfilling life. To get to that point you’ll want to learn financial skills, time management strategies, organization and more. Why do life skills matter in recovery? You may be asking yourself, “how do resume writing skills help sobriety to stick?”…

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When someone is injured in a car accident, the hospital doctors work to repair all their injuries, not just the biggest or most apparent one. The goal of holistic sobriety takes a similar perspective. An individual struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction needs all the injuries incurred to be repaired, that is, the physical…

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Many people find themselves at a plateau at some point in recovery, having tried different treatment programs and therapy modalities, only to feel like they need something more, but don’t know where to turn. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is another treatment option that uses medication to help alleviate physical and mental blocks to long-term recovery. According…

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“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou No one wants to just survive – surviving implies struggling for resources, barely keeping your head above water, waking up each morning with dread and waiting…

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Recovery is hard, no one is going to deny that. Changing a lifestyle, whether or not it’s characterized by substance use, takes strong motivation, passionate dedication and peaceful flexibility, because encountering roadblocks is inevitable during recovery. Changing a lifestyle that was previously dictated by substance use requires all of this, in addition to accountability. Why?…

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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…