Immersing Yourself In Addiction Recovery

If you have successfully completed a program of addiction recovery, you are in good position. You have learned that it is possible to break the cycle of addiction. You know working a program is possible

6 Ways to Practice Self-Care In Recovery

Taking care of yourself–mind, body and spirit–is an integral part of recovery, but it’s easier said than done. Once you’ve made the decision to

What Does It Mean to Have a Co-Occurring Disorder?

Co-occurring disorders, also referred to as dual diagnosis, is a term for when mental illness and substance use disorder occur at the same time. According to a 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 

5 Ways to Be Happy in Recovery When You’re Feeling Anything But

It’s easy to feel happy and carefree when life is going smoothly, but bumps in the road are inevitable, which pose risks for your recovery. When times get tough, it’s often easier to wallow and

5 Reasons Why Men Hide Their Depression

Although cultural norms have started to shift, many men in the United States and around the world are taught from a young age to suppress their emotions, which is why depression among men is so

The Correlation Between Stress and Addiction

We all deal with stress. Some of us might even enjoy the excitement a little stress can add to our lives. But when stress is combined with poor coping skills, it increases the likelihood of

What Is Powerlessness? Step One of the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

“We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable.” That’s Step 1 of the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, and as anyone who is active in the 12-Step community will

Confronting Character Flaws in Recovery

Humans are flawed by default. At the very least, each of us has several minor character flaws and a few major ones. For most people, our major flaws will cause the most trouble. When our

7 Ways to Incorporate a Daily Gratitude Practice Into Your Recovery

What are you grateful for? Sometimes we’re so caught up in the day-to-day of recovery that we forget to stop and express appreciation for the things we have and the people we love. Thinking about

The Reality of Post Acute Withdrawal and Relapse

It’s a common misconception that after detox and withdrawal, life returns to “normal,” when in reality, detox is merely the first step toward recovery, not the solution.

There are two phases of the withdrawal process. After detox,