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08
Jan

How to Use Mindfulness For a Better Recovery

As you read this, where is your mind—really? Are you thinking about something that happened 30 minutes ago, or contemplating your to-do list that you need to get back to shortly? We often hear the phrase “be in the present moment,” but to do this, we need to learn about mindfulness. Mindfulness is the act...
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pretty woman writing on whiteboard planner - goals
26
Dec

Goals to Support Recovery for the Year Ahead

Depending on where you currently are in your recovery journey, you may be an old pro at setting goals or you may not be sure how to set goals, what types of goals to set, or how to know if your goals truly promote your sober lifestyle. With the start of a new year, you...
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large family drinking coffee during holiday gathering - traditions
20
Dec

Creating New Holiday Traditions in Recovery

The holidays bring with them both a disruption of daily routine and a series of long-held traditions, both of which can feel threatening to someone who is in recovery. If you or your family’s holiday traditions are not conducive to sobriety, it’s time to consider creating new traditions that support your health and wellbeing. Risk...
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woman cutting ribbon for wreath - holiday season
12
Dec

How to Prepare for the Holiday Season

The holidays are a time of year that many people in recovery dread. If you are among them, now is a good time to start preparing your battle plan for defending your sober lifestyle against the situations you could encounter in the next few weeks. Thinking Ahead SMART Recovery, a science based recovery program, suggests...
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pretty middle-age woman sitting on couch talking on cell phone - cope with stress
20
Nov

Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress in Recovery

Unfortunately, stress is an unavoidable part of life. Aside from the challenges related to being in recovery, you may find yourself feeling stressed out by a big project at work, money troubles at home, disagreements with your significant other, or unexpected parenting challenges. The key to staying on track with your sobriety is learning how...
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buffet style family spread, with young man and woman making plates - your recovery
21
Oct

It’s Thanksgiving, and Everyone Wonders Why You’re Not Drinking: How to Explain Your Recovery to Relatives

The holidays are just around the corner. This may be the first time you’re seeing some relatives since you entered recovery, and if that makes you anxious, you are not alone. It can be difficult for people who are newly sober to know how to talk about changes they have made in their lives with...
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black and white - young man looking out window - weather
15
Oct

The Impact of Seasons and Weather on Recovery

A variety of factors can make the fall and winter months a more difficult time to stay sober. Not only are these months colder and less sunny in many places, but they also contain a potential minefield of triggering events for the newly sober. Seasonal Affective Disorder Even in California, where the weather tends to...
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women drinking wine in kitchen - woman offers friend wine and she declines - social
03
Oct

How to Turn Down Alcohol in Social Settings

Once you leave addiction treatment and resume normal life, you’ll likely engage in social activities where you could be offered alcohol, either by someone who doesn’t know you’re in recovery, or by someone who seeks to challenge your sobriety. The best way to avoid a moment of weakness is to anticipate that this could happen...
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woman sitting on yoga mat in the lotus position - yoga benefits
28
Aug

Using Yoga to Promote a Lasting Recovery

Yoga is often viewed as being suitable only for young, skinny, and flexible people, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Every body is a yoga body. People of all ages and fitness levels can enjoy the benefits of yoga. For individuals in recovery, yoga can be a valuable part of their continuum of...
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08
Aug

Is Treatment at Low-Cost Rehabs Inferior?

When it comes to selecting a treatment program, there are two seemingly conflicting bits of wisdom to consider. First, not all that glitters is gold. Second, you get what you pay for. These ideas may sound like opposites, but they are actually both applicable in the case of substance abuse treatment. Not All That Glitters...
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