Recovery

Dealing with Relational Heartbreak in Recovery

Dealing with Relational Heartbreak in Recovery

The value of having healthy relationships is immense. So immense, that research has shown social relationships to improve a person’s health and wellbeing. People with healthy relationships live longer and are better equipped to deal with stress. Research also shows that a healthy social life can minimize the risk for mental illness and physical pain symptoms.[1] So it should come as no surprise that rehab and recovery professionals advocate the building of healthy relationships for people in...

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How Important Is It to Build Friendships in My Support Group?

How Important Is It to Build Friendships in My Support Group?

Building a healthy, productive social circle is immensely important in rehab. For instance, people who are socially isolated tend to experience higher rates of substance abuse and relapse than those who engage in healthy relationships and productive social scenes[1]. Therefore, while it is critical to break chemical dependence upon drugs, it is equally as important for people to attend treatment programs that equip them with the knowledge, skills and tools that sustain lives in recovery. To...

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A Guide to Sober Living

A Guide to Sober Living

Moving into sobriety with skewed expectations is dangerous. No two people are going to experience the exact same recovery journeys, and there is no way to control the events that life will bring forth, so you cannot enter sobriety while thinking you know what will happen. However, while it is impossible to predict and plan a perfect recovery, preparation is vital for you to get and stay sober. Being prepared for recovery does not mean that someone is free from challenges, slipups and relapses,...

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3 Reasons to Not Waste Time Before Getting Sober

3 Reasons to Not Waste Time Before Getting Sober

It can take days, months or even years for an addict to accept that she needs help, so, when the day finally comes, the time to act is right then. You may wonder why people urge addicts to get help so quickly, which this article intends to address. No one should ever make a brash decision when seeking addiction help; you should research treatment options well before you ever commit to a rehab center. However, the issue is time sensitive, which means no addict should put her sobriety on the...

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Physical Activity, Staying Busy, and Living Sober

It is plain and simple: idleness is a huge risk factor for relapse. When people are bored, they often instinctively reach for something that they know can cure that boredom. For instance, many bored people go to the pantry to find something to eat, or they reach for the remote to turn on the television. However, recovering addicts know that, in the past, their go-to cure for boredom and/or pain was drugs or an addictive activity. So, during addiction treatment, it becomes imperative for...

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Creating Your Recovery Routine

Creating Your Recovery Routine

Before recovery begins, life in addiction is chaotic, stressful and unpredictable, and not the good sort of unpredictable. Rather, addicts tend to think they have no idea what is going to happen in their lives from day to day, because they are no longer in control of their own decisions and behaviors. However, addicts who enter treatment hope to return to lives of calmness, peace and stability, and recovery can lead to these benefits, but they will not unfold immediately. Indeed, recovery is a...

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The Importance of Routine in Recovery

The Importance of Routine in Recovery

Establishing a routine after drug rehab treatment is an important part of maintaining sobriety. Having a daily structure can cut down on unexpected cravings during moments when the mind wanders. It also helps the person in recovery not have to deal with making big decisions before he or she is ready. Establishing a daily routine means no surprises, which also cuts down on everyday stresses. Stress can lead to feelings of insecurity that can then lead to drug cravings to help cope with the...

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How Seeking Sober Books and Blogs Can Help Your Recovery

How Seeking Sober Books and Blogs Can Help Your Recovery

Sober books and blogs are becoming more commonly used resources for individuals in recovery looking to improve their recovery efforts. Addiction-related writing offers several benefits as individuals with similar stories can learn from one another by communicating their experiences and more. The Power of Sharing Addiction-Related Stories and Testaments Sharing one’s addiction story and providing personal testaments is highly encouraged by recovery professionals, both during the treatment...

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What Does It Mean to Be in Recovery?

Recovery means regaining control of a possession or returning to a normal state of mind, but the concept becomes nebulous with addiction recovery, because people may wonder if they have completely recovered or if that is even possible. Learn about addiction recovery so you can make the best decisions for your long-term health. Is Becoming Sober Recovery? Becoming sober is one of the first steps in addiction recovery, but addiction is a chronic disease with periodic relapses. In other words,...

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How Short-Term Thinking Maintains Long-Term Recovery

Although there are physical and logistical components to addiction recovery, a great deal of recovery depends on the right mindset. Short-term and long-term thinking are both essential for a lifetime in recovery, but short-term thinking is vital, because it motivates users to stay clean for the long haul. Benefits of Short-Term Thinking in Addiction Recovery Short-term thinking can help you maintain long-term recovery in a number of ways. First, short-term goals provide a sense of motivation....

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The Importance of Courage in Life-Long Recovery

The Importance of Courage in Life-Long Recovery

Courage is an essential aspect to addiction recovery, because life can be intimidating to someone fresh out of rehab. Achieving sobriety and completing rehab is only the beginning of addiction recovery, because it is a life-long process rather than a single event to get and stay clean; it requires perseverance and honesty to continually evaluate your emotions and needs. Courage helps people overcome unavoidable obstacles, temptations and relapse triggers. Recovering addicts may need courage to...

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Challenges Facing Young Adults in Recovery

Challenges Facing Young Adults in Recovery

Adults under the age of 25 have unique challenges facing them as they move into recovery. These difficulties must be understood in order to support the addict, because they impact the way in which young adults are treated and supported in recovery. An Addictive Culture More so than any generation before them, this new generation of adults has grown up in a culture that values and celebrates addictive behavior. Whether it is standing in line for days to be one of the first to purchase the latest...

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