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Hope, Resilience, and Readiness to Change - contemplative woman
07
May

Hope, Resilience, and Readiness to Change: How Your Attitude Affects Your Recovery Journey

While there are multiple factors that contribute to the success and longevity of maintained sobriety, many elements relate to your attitude and perception. You can be educated on the diverse mechanisms of response, but without authentic belief in free will and your capacity to change, you limit your ability to overcome obstacles. What Exactly Is...
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10 Tips to Help You Fight Loneliness in Sobriety - woman depressed
19
Apr

10 Tips to Help You Fight Loneliness in Sobriety

Loneliness is not a sign that something is wrong with you, but rather a natural occurrence after having to walk away from the friends and behaviors associated with your addiction. Socialization plays a crucial role in our physical and mental well-being. For those who are in recovery, a lack of socialization can lead to relapse....
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Are Addicts in Recovery Judged by their Peers? - girls gossiping
10
Apr

Are Addicts in Recovery Judged by their Peers?

Possible peer judgment should never stand in the way of your emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. However, if you choose to remain friends with people who you once partied with, there stands a good chance that you are going to be judged for your recovery efforts. Understanding Differences in Personal Experiences One of the reasons...
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Abstinence Versus Harm Reduction - man talking to therapist
29
Mar

Abstinence Versus Harm Reduction

Over the last few years, the way substance abuse is treated has shifted from total abstinence-based programs that implement the 12-step program toward methods of harm reduction. The difference between harm reduction and abstinence is in methods of treatment and the overall perception of modern substance abuse. In abstinence-based addiction recovery, people must refrain from...
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Binge Drinking on College Campuses - beer pong table
15
Mar

Binge Drinking on College Campuses

With the season of spring break in full swing, it’s a ripe time to discuss binge drinking on college campuses. Spring break is a time when students tend to excessively drink. Many studies show that people increase drinking as a way to increase pleasure associated with celebrations and get togethers.
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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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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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