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Generation Y and Social Media Addiction

Drugs aren’t the only things that can cause addiction. There are a variety of behaviors such as gambling and sex that can quickly become addictions. Now it appears as though internet and social media may be gaining prominence among younger generations as a debilitating addiction. According to a 2012 Current Psychiatry Review article entitled InternetRead 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

Returning to Work After Treatment

Returning to work after leaving treatment can be a frightening experience. People who know where we were may have question, and we may feel a stigma associated with having sought treatment. We may feel emotions like shame, guilt, and embarrassment when we see our coworkers. Fortunately, the transition may be smoother than we anticipated. WeRead More

The Dangers of Stress in Recovery

Stress is difficult for anyone to cope with, and it may be life-threatening for men and women in recovery. Past drug and alcohol use was often caused, in part, by an inability to cope with stress in a healthy manner. Rather than dealing with the stress we were under, we chose to escape into aRead More

Librarians, Narcan, and the Opioid Epidemic

Chera Kowalski, a librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s McPherson Square Branch, recently gave a TEDMED talk entitled The Critical Role Librarians Play in the Opioid Crisis. Kowalski’s library is located in an area of Philadelphia where heroin use and overdoses are extremely common. In her TEDMED talk, Kowalski discussed the critical role librarians,Read 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

Show, Don’t Tell, That You Have Changed

As we progress in our recovery, all sorts of wonderful things happen to us. We undergo a major change in how we react to life, allowing us to live by spiritual principles and in a state of happiness, joyousness, and freedom in our sobriety. The selfishness and self-centeredness that once dominated our lives falls fromRead More

Why Does Spirituality Matter in Recovery?

Newcomers to recovery meetings may be disheartened to hear words like “God” and “Higher Power.” These words may initially give the impression that recovery requires religious belief. There is no focus on religion in recovery, but there is a focus on spirituality, spiritual awakening, and living life by spiritual principles. Spirituality is a need thatRead More

The Science of Self-Talk

The stories we construct about our lives and what we tell ourselves are extremely important. Researchers examining the benefits of positive self-talk have found that it can minimize feelings of stress, anxiety, and defensiveness. Conversely, if we are telling ourselves negative things, our interpretation of reality will be sullied by a negative mindset and weRead More

Tragicomedy: Finding Humor in Recovery

It is a common concern of newcomers that entering into a recovery will program will be incredibly serious and humorless. After all, addiction is an extremely serious problem and, for many of us, recovery is the difference between life and death. Yet, among men and women in the recovery community there is a great amountRead More