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What Are My Chances of Successful Recovery?

Successfully overcoming drug and alcohol addiction is an ongoing process. Relapse rates for addiction mirror the recurrence of symptoms in other chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension—about 40 to 60 percent. Addiction is incurable, but with continuous treatment and management, it is possible to live a happy, joyous, and free life without drugs andRead More

What is a “Trigger” in Recovery?

In early recovery, there are certain things that can trigger or cue us into thinking about drugs and alcohol. Just as Pavlov’s dog would salivate when a bell would ring, men and women suffering from addiction can begin having cravings and thoughts of using or drinking when faced with a trigger. Fortunately, through a programRead More

You are Not Your Addiction

Addiction is a complex disease that affects every aspect of our being. It causes us to place drugs and alcohol as a priority over all else. The result is that we lose our sense of identity and lost touch with who we are at the core of our being. We are so much more thanRead More

Can I Use Prescribed Pain Medications in Recovery?

Opioid medications are, unfortunately, often used as the first line of defense against chronic pain. As we have taken on a new life free from drugs and alcohol, we must effectively communicate with our health care provider to seek alternatives to opioid and other addictive medications. Suffering from both addiction and chronic pain presents uniqueRead More

Moving on From Negative Experiences

No matter how strong we are in our recovery, we are bound to experience situations that bring up negative feelings. Our sobriety will not protect us from having such experiences, but will help us in our reactions to them and how easily we can move forward afterwards. Rather than allowing a negative experience cause usRead More

The Value of Daily Affirmations

Singer/song writer Willie Nelson once said, “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” When we cultivate a mental state of positivity, we find that we are able to maintain a more optimistic outlook on life which, in turns, helps us successfully navigate our daily interactions and be at lessRead More

How Important is Sleep Hygiene in Recovery?

In early sobriety it can be difficult to get adequate, healthy sleep. We are often dealing with symptoms of post-acute withdrawal syndrome, which can lead to either too much or too little sleep. Sleep hygiene refers to a variety of different practices and routines that can aid us in getting a better night’s sleep. TheRead More

What Does a 12-Step Sponsor Do?

Choosing a 12-Step sponsor is the best way to start getting involved in a recovery fellowship and beginning to go through the Twelve Steps. When looking for a sponsor, we should choose someone who is applying the program to their life and living happily, joyously, and freely in their sobriety. In short, we should chooseRead More

Improve Your Health by Hiking

Getting physically active can be a great way to help your health and recovery. Hiking is a powerful and versatile workout that has major physical and mental health benefits. Whether we start slow or want to push ourselves, hiking is an exercise that can be taken up by anyone with any level of fitness orRead 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