Getting sober is tough. You have to put in lots of hard work, especially on the days you don’t feel like it. The rewards might come slowly, but with recovery comes mental clarity, better physical health and more enjoyment out of life. Sobriety and exercise are similar in that sense. Both require hard work but…

There’s a good reason that sports are such a highlight of American culture. In fact, competitive sports go much further back than we might expect. There is evidence of ancient civilizations creating and playing sports, even cave drawings of athletic competition dating as far back as 3000 B.C.! The appeal of competitive sports is undeniable.…

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A common feeling among those in recovery is that they never knew being sober could change their lives in so many ways.  Addicts and alcoholics believe getting sober is done in order just to appease everyone else in their lives – friends, families, coworkers, etc. Not once do they look at it as a way…

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If you’ve been through treatment for a substance use disorder, you know that addiction is a chronic disease. The risk of addiction relapse is significant—studies show that the addiction relapse rate hovers between 40 and 60 percent.1 For successful long-term recovery, it’s important to separate the truth about addiction relapse from the fiction. In this…

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If you’ve struggled with addiction yourself and entered recovery, sharing your experiences as a mentor can lend enormous insight for others who are facing similar battles. Those who have recovered from addiction and are now living in sobriety are excellent resources for others who would benefit from guidance on this challenging journey. In this article…

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There’s something about the cold, gray days of winter that can bring out the blues in nearly anyone. If you’re in recovery, you might find this time of year even tougher than the average person. The urge to self-medicate to get through the isolation and boredom of winter can be strong, but understanding what you’re…

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When you’re struggling with addiction, it’s not unusual to turn completely inward and lose your sense of connection to the community you live in. Recovery offers a chance to make a fresh start, and it’s an opportunity to fill your life with purpose and meaning. For many people in addiction recovery, community service is an…

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A sober living home prepares you for independent living in many ways, but where will you live after you complete the program? Either you’ll decide to stay in the area, move back home or find a new location. Each choice has its pros and cons, and every individual is different as to what will work…

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Sobriety can do wonders for your love life. Sober men make better dates, and they make better partners. That’s why many people prefer dating someone who doesn’t drink or use drugs. Here are just eight of the many ways in which sober men are more attractive to women. 1. They’re easier on the eyes. Heavy…

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Sober living is a recovery option that provides a buffer between leaving residential or full-time treatment and returning to a fully independent living environment. The challenge for residents is to maintain sobriety when they return to the routine of normal daily life after sober living. The battle to stave off relapse is never easy, but…