Mindfulness Can Boost Your Recovery

Ready to take your recovery from alcohol and drug addiction to a whole new level?  Practice being mindful with these tried-and-true activities—they might be just what you're looking for. Common Experience Heard in a Twelve Step meeting: "Sometimes I feel like I'm just going through the motions. I mean, I'm working the program but I'm [...]

By | December 13th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Co-occurring Disorders

Addiction and mental illness are identified as separate and distinct issues that can, and often do, occur together.  Effective treatment for co-occurring disorders depends on an accurate diagnosis, which can be a highly complex and somewhat subjective process. Some key considerations related to the prevalence, diagnosis, and treatment of co-occurring disorders are discussed below. What [...]

By | December 11th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Dealing with Shame

Sometimes it’s a small nagging voice, “I shouldn’t be drinking so much” or “I’m gaining weight and should go on a diet”.  Sometimes it’s a thundering judge, “I have completely screwed up my life!”   If you are trying to change a compulsive behavior pattern like substance use, gambling, or binge eating, odds are you have some [...]

By | December 6th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Dealing with Shame

In Early Recovery, Let Others Experience Lead The Way

Experience Leads the Way Early recovery can be a rough road.  The good news is that no one has to navigate that road alone.  Asking for help from a support network is essential.  Following the suggestions of experienced and supportive individuals, can make that road easier to navigate. Since humans first crushed grapes, we as [...]

By | December 3rd, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Is 12 Step Recovery Right For Me?

Achieving sobriety is no easy feat, which is why you may be tempted to think that all of the work is done.  You may think that once you are free and clean from drugs and alcohol, you are cured.  But the truth is that recovery is a long, ongoing process that doesn’t happen overnight or [...]

By | November 28th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Important Tool for Recovery: H.A.L.T. Awareness

H.A.L.T. is an acronym standing for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. Each one of these four physical or emotional conditions, if not taken care of, can trigger an individual and leave them vulnerable for relapse. Breaking free from addictive behavior is not an easy undertaking. Many try repeatedly only to end up right back where they [...]

By | November 25th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Staying Sober While Experiencing the ‘Winter Blues’

For many of us, the winter months are the toughest. But for those in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, the winter months can be especially tricky season to navigate. The term ‘winter blues’ is used to describe a mild form of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) that occurs during the winter months. Some of the [...]

By | November 22nd, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Tips for Enjoying Thanksgiving While in Recovery

We are entering the time of year when parties, family get-togethers and excessive eating, drinking and merriment can create difficult or at least tricky situations for those in recovery. Thanksgiving in particular can be a challenging time. Facing your first sober Thanksgiving while in recovery may seem overwhelming since family interaction is often expected and [...]

By | November 20th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

7 Suggestions on How to Help Someone with an Addiction

The challenge with addiction is that the addict is not the only one impacted by this disease. Family and friends can have difficulty with the addict’s behavior, financial problems, legal problems and the daily struggle of supporting a loved one. Here are seven tips that family and friends can reference to support an addicted family [...]

By | November 15th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on 7 Suggestions on How to Help Someone with an Addiction

Top 5 Tips for Making Amends With Loved Ones Once You’re Sober

Addiction is a terrible disease that affects every single person in our society. Whether you are an addict, a recovering addict, or if someone you know is affected by addiction, learning how to cope with addiction is something every person must learn. As a person moves from a state of illness to health, they may [...]

By | November 7th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Top 5 Tips for Making Amends With Loved Ones Once You’re Sober

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