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The Power of Laughter

They say that laughter is the best medicine, and recent research has proven that laughter does, in fact, have many benefits on mental and physical health. Laughter is a great way to overcome stress and anxiety, and lead to overall improvement in mood and quality of life. Research into laughter has found that it causesRead More

Finding Happiness in the Present Moment

One of the greatest roadblocks in recovery is fear. We tend to allow our fears of the future overwhelm us. We see a lifetime of sobriety as a daunting task and fear it is too much for us. However, if we are free of our fears of what may or may not occur, we areRead More

What are the Warning Signs of a Relapse?

Relapse is unfortunately common in recovery. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, relapse rates are somewhere between 40 and 60 percent. Recognizing the early signs that one is heading for a relapse can be lifesaving. When we see the signs that a relapse may be coming, we are given the opportunity to makeRead More

Forming a Sane and Sound Sex Ideal

The 4th Step of 12-Step recovery suggests that we make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. A part of our moral inventory requires that we take an honest look at our sexual and romantic relationships. Afterward, we try to “shape a sane and sound ideal of our future sex life,” and attempt toRead More

Finding an Internal Source of Happiness

For many of us, the only time we felt any sense of happiness was when we were drinking or using. We had deluded ourselves into believing that we could not be happy without something external, whether it be drugs and alcohol or material things and relationships. In sobriety, we found that our happiness was notRead More

What is Enabling?

Addiction is a disease that affects a sufferer’s family and loved ones. As a response to a loved one’s addiction, a person may attempt to shield them from negative consequences or do other things in an attempt to help the individual that, in reality, only serve to continue or exacerbate their addiction. Enabling behaviors canRead More

Maintaining Awareness of Negative Past Behaviors

A period of time in active addiction causes us to change the ways that we behave and react to situations. These habits can be difficult to break. Addiction causes us to act selfishly because our only motivation is to drink or use drugs. In sobriety, we have an entire psychic change that causes a shiftRead More

The Importance of Social Connection in Addiction Recovery

Active addiction can be a time of isolation. We get caught up in our insatiable desire for alcohol and drugs that we care little about maintaining or forming relationships with others. Getting involved with recovery fellowships and communities can be a lifesaver in recovery. Without social connection, we are likely to fall back into isolativeRead More

The Importance of Humility in 12-Step Recovery

Pride and ego can get in the way of our ability to recover from addiction and alcoholism. We need to be honest, open-minded, and willing if we are to apply the principles of recovery to our lives. Without humility and the willingness to take direction from those who have successfully recovered, we will continue toRead More

Starting the Day in Recovery

When we wake up, it’s easy to just get up and go. However, it can be helpful to take time to reflect on the principles of recovery and our own spiritual life in the morning before getting into the hustle and bustle of our day. Taking a moment to consider how we are feeling, andRead More