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Mindfulness and Addiction - man meditating
07
Mar

Mindfulness and Addiction

As addicts in recovery, we know that cessation of substance use is about more than giving up the substance and the friends and activities associated with it. We must also address the emotional issues underlying our use. Whether those emotional issues have to do with stress, anxiety, depression, fear, or a lack of self-esteem, there’s...
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An Overview of Powdered Alcohol - powdered alcohol
26
Feb

An Overview of Powdered Alcohol

For millennia, alcohol has been used as a social lubricant for communal gatherings. Its history of use can be followed as far back as 7000 BC in China, according to the Foundation for a Drug Free World’s website. As one of the oldest used substances, alcohol has been a popular drink for celebrations, ceremonies, and...
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man consoling woman
20
Feb

What to Do When a Friend Relapses

For many people, the winter months can be an exceptionally rough time to stay sober, a time when we can become acutely aware of our loneliness. Emotional triggers like this create turbulent ground and risk of relapse for people in any stage of recovery. As hard as it can be when someone you deeply care...
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Natural Remedies for the Winter Blues - woman looking out at the snow
12
Feb

Natural Remedies for the Winter Blues

Alone, navigating through the emotional undulations of everyday life can feel overwhelming after quitting the use of drugs and alcohol. Adding to that, the distress of winter blues can feel debilitating and, in its worst-case scenario, can lead to unnecessary relapse. The winter blues, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of...
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What to Expect in Your First Year of Sobriety - woman watching sunset
31
Jan

What to Expect in Your First Year of Sobriety

The first thing you should know about recovery is that everyone has his or her own experience. While it would be nice to have a step-by-step guide of exactly what to expect, that just isn’t the reality. With that being said, the first year of recovery can be painted in rather broad strokes. Depending on...
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Rethinking Addiction - definition of addiction
23
Jan

Rethinking Addiction

In the beginning, some twelve thousand years ago, people used mind-altering substances in an attempt to connect more intimately with the spirit world. Like trance dance and fasting, substance has been used since ancient times as a method to break through the barrier of reality so that communication with deceased ancestors could be possible.
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Making Realistic Goals for the New Year - woman writing
12
Jan

Making Realistic Goals for the New Year

When I was struggling with substance abuse, I often found myself on New Year’s Eve, once again, making a promise to myself that I would quit cold turkey. Sometimes, I would make it two or three days. Other times, I wouldn’t make it past the first. The problem was, I was trying to upend my...
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Post Rehab Dos and Don’ts - dos and donts
03
Jan

Post Rehab Dos and Don’ts

Completing a rehabilitation program is a huge step in recovery, but it doesn’t mean that you have solved your problem. Remember, recovery is a daily practice and must be a priority if you are to continue progressing. The transition from rehab to “normal” life can be a trying period, but it doesn’t have to be...
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How to Stay Sober During the Holidays - holiday decorations
15
Dec

How to Stay Sober During the Holidays

It’s the happiest season of all. Or is it? The holidays, while being a time of gathering and celebration, can also trigger emotions that have long been repressed. When you’re unprepared, these triggers can incite relapse. What makes the holidays so stressful for a person in recovery? During the holidays, the pressure to be happy...
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Top 10 Myths of Why People Become Addicts - myths word
08
Dec

Top 10 Myths of Why People Become Addicts

When I was growing up, the common belief about addiction was that it began with the first hit. During D.A.R.E. week, a school program with the slogan “dare to not use drugs” we were taught to “just say no.” We watched a video once where there was a rabbit addicted to crack. It showed him...
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