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Developing Healthy Routines in Sobriety

In active addiction, we never gave much consideration to developing healthy habits and routines. Drugs and alcohol were the only consistent part of our lives. In sobriety, we finally have the ability to develop a lifestyle around healthy habits and routines that are conducive to maintaining our sobriety. Routines are good for mental health, andRead More

Learning to Respond, Not React

When faced with a negative situation, we often have a tendency to react instantly, without thinking about whether our reaction may make the situation worse. Reactions are instant and we act without thinking. For example, when faced with anger, we may react with further anger, effectively making the conflict much worse. Responding, on the otherRead More

Appreciating the Simple Things in Sobriety

In active addiction, we rarely took the time to “stop and smell the roses.” The simple beauty of life eluded us as we became more and more focused on feeding our addiction. Sobriety is a time when we can finally stop and look around us, appreciating all the simple things that life has to offers.Read More

Letting Go of Selfishness

Addiction is a disease that entirely overtakes our lives. We let our careers, relationships, and families fall by the wayside in favor of using drugs and alcohol. We become selfish because all that matters to us is feeding our addiction. In recovery, we begin living a life of spiritual principles with a foundation in selflesslyRead More

Reaffirming Your Commitment to Sobriety

One of the best ways to maintain sobriety is to take it “one day at a time.” Every day is a day that we must take time to reaffirm our commitment to our newfound lifestyle and do our best to live by the principles of our recovery program. Setting aside time in the morning toRead More

What Would Communication Skills Do for an Addict?

The ability to communicate well provides people valuable connections, understanding of others, and supports emotional control.  Addiction creates selfishness, racing thoughts, and mood swings. An addict loses the ability to communicate well. When the individual decides to become sober, some skills return easily, while others do not.  Cognitive behavioral therapy and group sessions give theRead More

What are Volunteering Options?

Addicts have a common negative habit of pushing people away.  Selfish actions destroy empathy and separate the individual from society.  Once treatment is sought out, and the addict begins to transition back into society, finding volunteer work will benefit the integration process.  The person in recovery can develop a better understanding of others. Finding newRead More

How to Fill the Mind-Space

Addiction is a disease which takes control over the thoughts and emotions of a balanced and healthy person.  Alterations of the body and mind affect actions and behaviors.  The individual will hit rock bottom and need to get treatment.  Inpatient treatment, therapy, and 12 step programs can help the addict become and stay sober.  AfterRead More

Time for a New Skill

Coping skills are a common topic among recovering addicts and alcoholics.  Everyone finds a way to keep the hands and mind busy.  The techniques help individuals avoid relapse and continue building a sober life.  Hobbies and skills from before using days come back and start to grow.  Learning new ways of coping and progressing willRead More

Communication Skills

Everyone has to communicate throughout the day.  Talking to the family or replying to coworkers are general examples.  Communication helps productivity, education, and personal connection.  People suffering from addiction lose touch with the communication skills.  After treatment, therapy can aid the individual in hounding the skills.  Talk therapy is common after detox and inpatient treatment.Read More