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How to Foster Discipline in Your Life

While in rehab, many recovering addicts discover the power of self-control. At first glance, the prospect of fostering discipline might seem boring, but training yourself to lead a more orderly life yields untold benefits, especially for recovering alcoholics and the chaos that comes with sobriety. To learn more about healthy ways to take control of your life, seek professional help. Structure: The Key that Keeps...

The Relief of Not Being in Complete Control

When you struggle with substance abuse, you spend a lot of time either hiding it from members of your family, your friends, your boss and possibly the police or local authorities. You spend a lot of time using and thinking about using. You might not realize it, but this takes a toll on your mental health. Addiction is a chronic disease that affects your brain. Just like any other disease, your vulnerability to...

The First 4 Steps in Stopping Your Drug Use

You know you have a problem with drugs, and you want to stop using. You are facing the consequences of drug abuse: broken relationships, deteriorating physical health, mental health issues and likely money problems. You know that staying on this path of substance abuse is not worth it. Only pain and death will result if you continue to use drugs. This is a very important step—making the choice to live an entirely...

Giving Back: Why Giving Is a Great Way to Receive

When you were a kid, hearing the saying, “It is better to give than to receive” probably didn’t seem like it could really be true. Mahatma Gandhi once said that “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others,” and Buddha is well known for espousing generosity. The concept was also outlined centuries ago in the Bible, but it’s all a little bit counterintuitive. It’s better...

What to Do When You Are Feeling Overwhelmed

Even the most organized and successful people have times when they feel overwhelmed. You may get this feeling regularly or rarely, but when it happens, you feel like you are going to explode. There is too much to do in too short of a time and everyone is counting on you. It may help to know that you are not alone. A recent report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) indicates about 3.7...

The Value of Support When Coping with Depression and Anxiety

When you are in recovery, having adequate support can literally be the difference between staying clean or going into relapse. This may sound extreme, but it is the truth. Support is absolutely essential to recovery and in many ways, it is the foundation of recovery. As an alcoholic, you will likely face more challenges and temptations than someone who is addicted to say, heroin or methamphetamine. This is because...

Finding the Discipline to Care for Yourself

When you get clean, your life is transformed, and you will no longer be the same. It is with intentional steps you can make the changes needed to live a healthier life. Everything starts with one step—one simple decision—to no longer live for another drink of alcohol. You have the power to make that choice. However, developing the discipline you need to say no to bad decisions and to say yes to the right ones is...

3 Positive Effects of Healing Human Relationships

Addiction ravages relationships. Although National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) research shows that professional treatment boosts chances of achieving sobriety and lowers relapse risk, healing never happens instantaneously. Restoring trust and repairing hearts is a process that takes time—a fact that friends, family members and individuals in early recovery should keep in mind when they feel discouraged or...

How to Remain Sober When You Can’t Avoid Exposure to Alcohol

According to a World Health Organization, Americans consume roughly 8.67 liters of pure alcohol per capita each year. One factor that contributes to consumption — and rates of abuse — is availability. In fact, data gathered by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reveals that the presence of a high number of licensed liquor establishments in an area For many recovering alcoholics, the easiest...

4 Ways to Get Help for an Alcohol Addiction

Today more than ever, it is possible for people who are caught in the chokehold of addiction to break free. Help is plentiful. To learn ways you can reach out and receive needed care to save your life—or the life of your loved one—read on. Find Sober Friends Peer support is the cornerstone of a strong recovery. It buffers against stress and also improves resilience, according to the Mayo Clinic. Learning from...

Finding Determination to Live Sober

In a 2007 edition, The Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment describes addiction recovery as a voluntarily maintained lifestyle epitomized by sobriety, personal health and citizenship. The early days of recovery might seem difficult, but there is good reason to find the determination to live sober. The recovery lifestyle produces positive changes, connections and opportunities that extend well beyond the physical...

How Creativity Can Help You Process Your Addiction

Many creative people struggle with addiction issues, but drug problems do not enhance creativity. Instead, it is more likely that creative people are more prone to drug abuse and addiction problems than other people are. The importance of this mindset is realizing that one can work through drug problems and addiction by using creativity. How Creativity Helps Addiction Recovery Creativity can help drug addicts work...

Succeeding at Your Sober Resolutions

With the beginning of the New Year, many people have made those most anticipated New Year’s resolutions. Common resolutions, as it is well known, often include losing weight, working out, finding a new job or a new partner or making some other radical change. For people struggling with addiction or in addiction recovery, however, New Year’s resolutions take on increased importance, as they involve staying...

Maintaining Sobriety Through Painful Anniversaries

Though addiction recovery is a rewarding and fulfilling time, it is not always an easy journey to make. There are sure to be times in recovery that you are faced with challenges. Painful anniversaries, such as divorce or the death of a loved one, can make it difficult to maintain your sobriety. Acknowledging your pain, expressing your emotions and utilizing professional help can make it easier to work through...

Three Tips for Avoiding Addiction to Prescription Drugs

Prescription drug addiction is a constantly growing and evolving problem in the United States and around the world. But as the epidemic spreads, so does increased knowledge about preventing and treating prescription drug abuse and addiction. Learning more about the drugs you take and your options for finding physical and mental health reduces your risk for abuse or addiction. Following the three tips listed below is...

Why Living a Sober Life Requires Support

While you are in addiction treatment, you are surrounded by people who want you to succeed in your efforts to live clean and sober. Fellow addicts, the staff and even acquaintances in the rehab environment will encourage you, hold you accountable, ask the hard questions and give you the support that is necessary for the early stages of recovery. However, when you leave addiction treatment, you still need a support...

How to Not Get Addicted to Your Prescriptions

Several prescription drugs have as much addictive potential as illicit drugs do, and they can also cause great harm. Right now, prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic in the US, as people abuse these drugs both intentionally and unintentionally. A great way to avoid prescription drug addiction is to avoid misusing or abusing these powerful substances. Anytime someone uses a prescription drug that was not...

What Should I Do if I’m Addicted to Multiple Medications?

Addiction to one substance can be difficult to overcome, which means that addiction to multiple drugs can create multiple problems and roadblocks to recovery. Polysubstance dependence is the use and abuse of multiple drugs of different classifications simultaneously with no particular preference to one over the others. This type of drug abuse is generally associated with mental health disorders, such as depression...

How to Use Employee Assistance Program Services

Everyone experiences problems that affect their psychological health. Employers understand this, and they also realize it is beneficial both for them and the employee to have healthy employees. Therefore, many of them help employees and their families during various crises, including addiction. Addiction affects many aspects of life, as people may miss work while dealing with the personal and family problems the...

How Sharing Your Alcohol Addiction Story Can Help You and Others

Sharing your alcohol addiction story is often a crucial step on the road to recovery. It helps alcoholics connect with other addicts on a deeper and more understanding level, and addicts can open up to others while inviting them into support systems. Sharing an alcohol addiction story can have any of the following benefits: Accepting addiction – Sharing stories about alcoholism struggles is the first step addicts...

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