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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

Risks of Benzodiazepine Detox

Benzodiazepines are a type of minor tranquilizer used for the treatment of anxiety and sleep problems. Benzodiazepine use can lead to tolerance and dependence. They create physical changes in the brain that lead to major withdrawal symptoms, some of which can be extremely dangerous. Medically-assisted detoxification is often necessary, as the withdrawal symptoms of benzodiazepineRead More

The Healing Power of Laughter

Recovery is the most important and serious decision we will ever make in our lives. However, that doesn’t mean that we have to take ourselves seriously all the time. Recovery is about more than just not drinking or using, it is about discovering a life of happiness, joyousness, and freedom in our sobriety. In ourRead More

Three Meditation Tips for Beginners

Meditation is a great way to heal the brain from the damaging consequences of our time in addiction. According to The Buddhist Centre, “Buddhist meditation practices are techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. By engaging with a particular meditation practice you learnRead More

How Long Should I Stay in Treatment?

The length of time that an individual should stay in treatment varies on a case-by-case basis. Generally, treatment programs are offered from 30-90 days. However, people may stay longer if needed. Determining an adequate treatment length requires an individual to be assessed based on the nature of their addiction and history of drug use. LongerRead More

Opening Up to Suggestions in Early Sobriety

The three things we need to begin our recovery are honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness. We should allow ourselves to be open-minded about taking suggestions from others who have successfully recovered. Although difficult at times, we must recognize that we do not know what is best for our recovery. Instead, we can defer to the suggestionsRead More

Forming Healthy Relationships in Sobriety

As a result of our addictions, our social lives suffered. Many of the people we considered to be our friends were others in active addiction, and we may find it helpful to end those relationships or distance ourselves from them when we enter into a life of sobriety. However, the recovery community is vast. WeRead More

Tips for Getting Through Detox

Going through a process of detoxification can be a harrowing experience. When we stop using drugs, we face a host of uncomfortable symptoms. If we don’t allow our bodies to go through the entirety of the process, our pain and suffering will be for nothing. Getting through detoxification is the first step toward discovering aRead More

What is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome?

Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) is a set of symptoms that continue to affect an individual after they have gone through the acute stages of withdrawal and detoxification. PAWS can last from weeks to months, and symptoms vary depending on a variety of factors. The symptoms of PAWS are less discomforting than acute withdrawal, but canRead More

Can I Detox on My Own?

Detoxifying the body of any remaining traces of drugs and alcohol is the first step in the treatment process. Once we detox, we are able to begin the healing process and set ourselves firmly on the path toward recovery from addiction and alcoholism. Some people, however, feel that they would prefer to detox alone inRead More