Life in Recovery

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 [...]

2018-12-08T16:14:34-07:00

Eight Tips for Staying Positive in Recovery

The first thing I learned in recovery is that addiction is a chronic, incurable disease, much like diabetes. I always thought it was the sole result of my indulgence. While my choices did play a part, there are other things involved. That's why some people can drink and party the same way I used [...]

2018-11-16T06:31:05-07:00

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 [...]

2018-10-08T09:10:15-07:00

What is a Sober Companion

Going into recovery on your own can be a difficult and often intimidating process. Leaving a residential addiction treatment program and going back into the world on your own is often more so, simply because many people often go from a safe and very well supported environment back into the same situation where they [...]

2018-08-25T09:26:25-07:00

How to Stay in Recovery if You Work Around Alcohol

Most recovery programs are based on abstinence from alcohol and other substances. To support that goal they typically recommend avoidance of situations where alcohol may be around for the first few months of sobriety. But if you work around alcohol, that may not be possible. Instead, you'll likely go from rehab directly back to [...]

2018-08-29T09:30:12-07:00

How Can a Pathological Liar Recover?

Everybody lies at some point in their life. Whether "the dog ate my homework" or I boosted my dying friend's morale with a "you look beautiful" even though all her hair just fell out, I always felt that some lies need to be told. However, I was a long way from being a pathological [...]

2018-08-29T09:35:05-07:00

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 [...]

2018-08-29T09:49:52-07:00

Why Aren’t There More Non-Abstinence Programs?

The only thing worse than being an alcoholic is being a failure in recovery, and I was an epic failure. Feeling like the only thing I was good at was relapsing was so depressing that I considered suicide. That's when I decided I was better off striving to be a functional alcoholic, but I [...]

2018-08-29T10:02:06-07:00

What is it Like to Date Sober?

Dating was the last thing on my mind when I first got sober. Starting a brand new life and figuring out how to deal with all my crap while sober was more than enough for me to handle. Having to deal with someone else's crap on top of all that? No, thank you. Rebuilding [...]

2018-08-30T08:26:40-07:00

Five Addiction Films You Have Probably Never Heard Of

It was winter, I was weary from the cold, and bored from staying inside on yet another Saturday night. So I went on a movie hunt for addiction films, and this is what I found: 1. Trees Lounge - 1996 Perhaps best known for his roles in The Sopranos or Boardwalk Empire, Steve Buscemi [...]

2018-08-30T08:34:51-07:00