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…

Eating healthy in early recovery can be a challenge. Living in active addiction can cause a person to lose sight of what a healthy, well-balanced diet looks like. If you are in early recovery, you may find yourself craving sugars, carbs, caffeine and other things that are not necessarily good for your body. In sober…

In active addiction, a person’s life revolves around getting, using, and feeling the effects of drugs and alcohol. Usually, there is not a profound sense of meaning in a person’s life and any excitement comes from the thrill of obtaining and using substances. People in active addiction often stop engaging in hobbies that once interested…

For many people in recovery, boredom is a core relapse trigger. As a result, learning to have sober fun is incredibly important if a person wants to be able to sustain their recovery. For some people, it’s difficult to imagine having fun without drugs or alcohol for a variety of reasons.  Some people are so…

CAN TRAVEL AID IN RECOVERY?

An individual who is suffering from a substance addiction often must make significant lifestyle changes to achieve long-term recovery. Remaining in dysfunctional situations at home or associating with individuals who abuse drugs or alcohol can, and often are, the triggers that lead to relapse. Leaving one’s home for treatment and spending time traveling during the…