What is it Like in Asheville

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…

Addiction Relapse: Separating Fact From Fiction

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…

Should I Become a Mentor?

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…

How to Keep the Winter Blues from Threatening Your Sobriety

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…

Giving Back: Strengthen Your Recovery and Your Community

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…

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Where to Live After Sober Living

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…

8 Reasons Why Sober Men Are More Attractive to Women

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…

Finding the Strength and Support to Maintain Recovery After Sober Living

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…

choose a sober sponsor

When you attend a treatment program for addiction to drugs or alcohol, you will be strongly advised to join a support group or program, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous to help you stay sober once treatment is finished.1,2 Many of these groups and programs advise that you get yourself a sponsor, so here…

How to Find a Job After Addiction Treatment

Early recovery is challenging, but it’s also a time of growth and exhilaration as you rediscover the joys of life without drugs or alcohol and work to restore your life. For many, a major goal in recovery is to find a job after addiction treatment. Employment is an important factor in successful long-term abstinence.1 Stable…