Relapse Prevention

How I Found My Higher Power

When I first got sober, I wanted nothing to do with having a higher power. I loved alcohol, irregardless of the fact that it never loved me, and I took the high road and gave it up. I didn't want to have to give up anything else. Why Can't I Just Be Free? I [...]

2018-12-08T16:14:34+00:00 0 Comments

What if 12 Step Doesn’t Work for Me?

12-Step, or the set of guiding principles for self-help groups and addiction recovery first outlined by Alcoholics Anonymous in 1939, is the most popular and common addiction treatment guideline in the world. Today, as many as 75%-95% of all inpatient treatment centers (rehab) in the United States offer some form of 12 step as [...]

2018-10-08T09:10:15+00:00 0 Comments

7 Steps to Develop an Attitude of Gratitude in Recovery

Choosing to step away from an addiction and into recovery is an important choice and one that will intrinsically change your life forever. Getting help means that you are deliberately working to build a better version of yourself, one unconstrained by substance abuse and addiction. At the same time, it’s important not to lose [...]

2018-08-25T09:21:53+00:00 0 Comments

7 Tips for A Successful Sober Vacation

Traveling while in recovery can be intimidating, especially when going on vacation. While many may see vacation as a time to drink and often to excess, you need to maintain your sobriety for the sake of your mental and physical health. However, being sober doesn't mean you can't have fun. It just means you [...]

2018-08-29T09:49:52+00:00 0 Comments

Am I as Sick as My Secrets?

When I was growing up, people minded their own business. We didn't ask each other how much money we made, why we were a part of a particular religion, or who we voted for in an election. And we all followed the golden rule that "whatever is said in this house, stays in this [...]

2018-08-30T08:56:18+00:00 0 Comments

7 Tips to Stay Sober During the Winter

No matter where you're spending the winter, the season can be a difficult one for anyone. With less sunlight, no leaves, cold weather, and often some amount of isolation because fewer people go out and do things, many of us are prone to depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder known as S.A.D. If you're recovering [...]

2018-08-30T09:15:50+00:00 0 Comments

I’m Alone, Can I Stay Sober Over the Holidays?

For most people, the holidays are about spending time with family, being loved, and having fun. But, if you're a recovering alcoholic, facing the holiday season can be significantly more challenging. If you're alone and preparing to face Christmas and New Year's without your family and friends, it can be even more daunting. But, [...]

2018-08-30T09:18:42+00:00 0 Comments

Emotional Sobriety – Do I Have It?

I had no idea that sobriety was anything more than getting clean. I thought, "I stop drinking, and I get my life back." I quickly realized, however, that abstinence was only the first step towards my happily ever after. Suddenly, I was being repeatedly slapped in the face with all of these emotions that [...]

2018-09-03T08:14:13+00:00 0 Comments

7 Ways to Deal with Cravings in Early Recovery

Detoxing from drugs or alcohol is a long, painful process, where your body adjusts to not having a substance. While the worst is over after the first few weeks, you still have to deal with cravings, which will range from mild to extremely intense. Learning to cope with cravings in early recovery is crucial [...]

2018-09-03T08:26:30+00:00 0 Comments

How Exercise Helps You Stay Sober

Recovering from an addiction to alcohol can be demanding and difficult, especially as you work your way back into your life and career. However, as you do, there are plenty of supports and tools you can use to help. Exercise is one of those tools because it helps you to fight cravings and offers [...]

2018-09-05T10:45:46+00:00 1 Comment