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Leaving a Legacy of Sobriety

Whether or not you know it, you are building a legacy. If you were to die today and could read your obituary, what would it say? Author Jim Rohn once said that the legacy we leave is part of the ongoing foundations of life. Every day that you are alive, you write another line of your legacy. You decide if it is going to be positive or negative. Even if you’ve made mistakes in the past, those mistakes do not define...

3 Important Truths of Sobriety

Recovery gives you a dynamic opportunity to escape addiction and to get a fresh start. Along the way, you also get an education, because most recovering alcoholics have much to learn—from how to withstand cravings and avoid triggers to how they can repair their relationships and financial credit. As a result, it is normal to feel overwhelmed from time to time, so try to keep things simple and focus on...

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...

Why Can’t I Have Just One Drink?

One question puzzles nearly every problem drinker, and often their family and close friends, too: Why can’t an alcoholic have just one drink? Indeed, the desire to be able to drink normally, which is usually defined by an ability to control consumption and, subsequently, avoid negative consequences, can become an obsession for alcoholics in recovery. Some even enter rehab with the false hope that getting the right...

What to Do After Treatment for Benzos

When benzodiazepines were introduced in the late 1950s, doctors lauded them as safe and less habit-forming then other tranquilizers. Overnight, benzos became the most frequently prescribed class of psychoactive drugs available. That upward trend is still accelerating. From 1998 to 2008, abuse of benzos including Ativan, Xanax and Klonopin tripled, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services...

Walking a Common Path to Recovery

No matter what form of addiction you struggle with, you face many of the same challenges all addicts face. So if you personally are addicted to alcohol, someone who is addicted to drugs faces many of the same cravings and temptations. Addiction takes many forms and does not limit itself to substance abuse; you can be addicted to shopping, gambling, food or even sex. Psychology Today defines addiction as a condition...

Mending Personal Relationships in Recovery

When you are an addict, the number one relationship in your life is with that particular substance or activity. Because of this, the other relationships around you that suffer tremendously. Your loved ones become crippled with fear, anger and grief as you continue to choose unhealthy behavior despite the consequences. In the United States, more than 10% of children live in homes with alcohol problems.[1] In some...

4 Reasons Discussing Your Addiction with Your Doctor Can Maintain Your Sobriety

Your medical doctor can actually help you stay sober in various ways in order to maintain a healthier life away from addiction. In many cases, it is easy to make things more complicated than they need to be. Think about it, if you have a problem, you can spend a lot of time doing research about the problem. You may even find different ways to solve the problem, at least in theory. However, the truth is that research...

Protecting Yourself from Alcohol in Recovery

When people are recovering from addiction, avoiding alcohol is often a significant recovery task. This is true whether the original addiction was to alcohol or another substance. Alcohol can be problematic for people recovering from addiction to drugs because it is often associated with the use of other substances and because it has similar effects on the brain. The support group Narcotics Anonymous notes that...

Finding Hope in Other People’s Stories of Recovery

Most people understand the dangers of hanging with a bad crowd. In fact, studies of individuals who relapse after detox shows that peer pressure triggers 24 percent of newly sober adults and 66 percent of adolescents who relapse, reveals U.S. National Library of Medicine research. It is easy to see how friends with whom you once partied might tempt you to rationalize using “one last time.” Peer pressure can be...

How Self Awareness Aids Recovery

Self-awareness is crucial to the recovery process. Learning about yourself means learning about the how and why of the addiction from which you are recovering. Psychologists and other experts define self-awareness as the psychological state in which people are aware of their traits, feelings and behaviors. Essentially it is being aware of how your actions, reactions, decisions and emotions impact those around you....

How Seeking Sober Books and Blogs Can Help Your Recovery

Libraries and bookstores typically contain several books that offer real and relatable accounts of addiction recovery, and the number of recovery blogs continues to multiply online. Quality might vary, but the right storyteller and narrative can help empower recovering addicts with hope, inspiration and motivation. As a part of the recovery process, such written accounts can help in many ways, including those listed...

Embracing Trauma Recovery as a Process

Until relatively recently, people who struggled with trauma would suffer in silence. Constant chatter and internal dialogues cluttered their minds; painful memories launch unannounced into the middle of moments to hijack emotions and flood the body with the painful yet familiar sensations of fear and dread. Although many people seek help from professionals, true healing often eludes them, so the fight to manage the...

How to Maintain a Positive Attitude While in Recovery

A positive attitude during and after rehab is an important part of recovery. It can keep you from depression and help you realize that you deserve to lead a happy, drug-free life. Furthermore, it can give you the strength you need to make good choices on a daily basis, and it can constantly strengthen your resolve to remain sober. In other words, to maintain a positive attitude takes determination and regular use of...

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...

Dealing with Alcohol Advertisements While Beginning Recovery

The Chicago Tribune in 2012 valuated the alcohol industry as a $60 billion annual business, and AD Week in 2014 said the 14 top beer and distilled spirits companies spent $3.45 billion on marketing and advertising in 2011. The barrage of alcohol advertisements comes in the form of event sponsorships, onsite supermarket promotions, television and print ads, billboards and banners, product placement and online/mobile...

The Importance of Routine in Recovery

Addiction recovery is an exciting time where you have the opportunity to grow and work through personal obstacles. However, many recovering addicts feel a loss of control during this time if they do not maintain some sort of structure or routine. The Benefits of a Routine Routine is one of the most important parts of an addiction recovery plan. Recovery is a time where many people feel overwhelmed by all the changes...

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...

Can Improving Interpersonal Communication Skills Help Recovery?

Many addicted individuals have poor communication skills. In fact, undeveloped social skills are often root causes of substance abuse. For example, some people believe that they can only socialize or party when they are intoxicated because using helps them temporarily escape feelings of anxiety and depression. Other individuals may interact with ease under ordinary circumstances, but their ability to connect with...

What Does It Mean to Be In Recovery?

What is recovery? Is it a destination, goal, method or something entirely different? The term is widely used throughout the healthcare system, but when applied to substance addiction, recovery has specific meaning and measurements. In 2007, The Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment published “What Is Recovery?” that defined it as a “voluntarily maintained lifestyle characterized by sobriety, personal health and...

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