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What is Emotional Sobriety?

Achieving sobriety is about more than just not drinking or using drugs. It is about changing our lives and our reaction to life in a manner that reflects positivity, happiness, sound decision making, and a code of love and tolerance of others. As we continue our journey of sobriety and begin developing coping tools thatRead More

Is it Difficult to Stay Sober?

Many people are under the impression that staying sober is a daily struggle with temptation, cravings, and triggers. Fortunately, this is not always the case. Through adherence to recovery programs that stress spiritual healing and growth, it is possible to reach a point in life where cravings and temptation simply do not exist. We canRead More

The Return of Empathy in Sobriety

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. In active addiction, we lost our capacity to feel empathy. Addiction causes a person to place more importance on drugs and alcohol than relationships and other people’s feelings. We often harmed people without even recognizing the weight of our actions. Selfishness and self-centerednessRead More

Can I Get Sober on My Own?

Many people want to achieve sobriety but are wary about asking for help or entering into a treatment setting. Many individuals recognize that their addiction has reached a point where they no longer have any power over substances, but they are unwilling or unable to ask for help. Attempting to achieve sobriety without help isRead 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

Stick with the Winners

Early sobriety can be a difficult time in regards to our shifting social circle. We are often entering into a new community of recovering individuals, and all the anxiety and stress of being around strangers in a new environment may be uncomfortable. It is easy to feel disconnected from others, especially those who have longRead More

Overcoming Loneliness and Isolation in Sobriety

In early recovery, we can easily get caught up in feelings of depression and anxiety. These feelings can lead to isolating ourselves from others. Loneliness and isolation tend to exacerbate feelings of depression and anxiety, and we can fall victim to a spiral of negative emotions that interfere with our ability to properly engage inRead More

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

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

Maintaining Happiness, Joyousness, and Freedom in Sobriety

The greatest gift we are given in our recovery is the ability to feel happy, joyous, and free in sobriety. We rarely felt these emotions during our time in active addiction, and were surprised to find that we could achieve them by following the simple suggestions of our recovery program. To maintain these feelings, weRead More