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Rebuilding Your Spiritual Health

When we were drinking alcohol and using drugs, we often felt a sense of disconnection from our spirituality. When we take on a program of recovery that focuses on healing our mind, body, and spirit, we can be sure that we are addressing all the necessary components of our well-being. Spiritual life does not meanRead More

Spirituality Without Religion

Many newcomers to recovery programs are disheartened to hear word like “God” and “higher power” being used. It is easy to assume that these recovery programs are religious in nature. However, recovery programs, specifically 12-step recovery programs, stress the important of a “higher power of your own understanding” as a means of achieving a spiritualRead More

How Does Meditation Change the Brain?

Meditation is a wonderfully effective tool in recovery. In fact, it is even suggested as one of the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. 12-step recovery is highly suggested as a means of achieving and maintaining sobriety, but meditation can help us no matter what recovery program we are following. The fact is that meditation hasRead More

Zen and the Art of Recovery

Henry David Thoreau once said, “When any real progress is made, we unlearn and learn anew what we thought we knew before.” In recovery, we often come in with many preconceived notions about sobriety and what he think we must do to recover. One of the best things we can do is allow ourselves toRead More

What are the Benefits of Spirituality?

Living a rich life of spiritual principles is by far the most effective way to maintain sobriety. By cultivating faith, acceptance, happiness, and freedom, the desire to use drugs and alcohol may entirely go away. Sobriety isn’t the only benefits of spirituality, however. We can reap so many wonderful and surprising benefits to our mentalRead More

What Do 12-Step Recovery Programs Mean By “Meditation”?

12-Step recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous suggest prayer and meditation as the 11th step in the program, but what exactly do they mean by “meditation”? Many people have the belief that meditation means sitting in the lotus position with your eyes closed and incense burning. While some people meditate this way, the type of meditationRead More

Improve Your Mind and Body with Yoga

Early sobriety can be a difficult time both emotionally and physically. It takes time for the brain and body to heal from the damages caused by drugs and alcohol. We may be feeling all sorts of uncomfortable symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and sluggishness. Fortunately, there are a variety of non-pharmacological ways to alleviate theseRead More

Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

Nobody likes getting outside of their comfort zone. We often felt that we would be alright with our drugs and alcohol as long as nobody bothered us and we could stay hidden from the world. Eventually, our desire to stay in the comfortable nest of addiction led to isolation, depression, anger, and exacerbation of ourRead More

Treating the Mind, Body, and Spirit in Recovery

Addiction is a complex disease that affects us mentally, physically, and spiritually. Therefore, in order to successfully manage our recovery, we must focus on addressing all the problems related to our mind, body, and spirit that caused or exacerbated our problems with drugs and alcohol. When we improve each component, we find that we areRead More