Relationships and marriage can have their challenges. However, when you add addiction to the mix, marriages can experience a significant strain. Although your spouse might be sober now, a marriage can still feel burdened by recovery and the possibility of relapse. If you want to offer your spouse sober support in recovery, one of the… Continue Reading How to Support Your Spouse in Sobriety
Today there are approximately 23 million adults in recovery from addiction in the United States. For anyone of these individuals, there could be something that goes awry in recovery. Perhaps their sponsor relapses or their family moves away or perhaps they go through a challenging heartbreak. These are situations that could threaten a person’s sobriety… Continue Reading Build and Maintain a Solid Support System to Stay Strong in Recovery
Just like any major goal in life, if you want to achieve recovery, you’ve got to have a plan – a course of action. For instance, to grow a company, you have to have a business plan. To write a book or an article, you need to have an outline. And even to drive your… Continue Reading You Have to Have a Plan to Recover
You might think that the 12-step program is meant to keep you sober. Although that’s a basic truth, they are also meant to help you transform your life. Essentially, the 12-step program is meant to facilitate an entire transformation of who you are. For many individuals struggling with substance abuse, 12-step programs have been very… Continue Reading What the 12-Steps Are Really Meant To Do for You
Fifty or sixty years ago, when someone needed help with addiction, friends and family may have sent them to a religious-based program. And the hope was that through finding a closer relationship with God, the addiction would eventually come to an end. Although religion continues to be a common path of recovery for thousands of… Continue Reading There is More Than One Road to Recovery
There’s a saying among the Alcoholics Anonymous community that goes like this: Once an addict, always an addict. And this saying exists for good reason. Many people, including experts, believe that once a person has struggled with addiction, they will always be vulnerable to the illness even after many years of sobriety. So, it’s a… Continue Reading Will I Be an Addict for Life?
Although it sounds simple and perhaps obvious, a person in recovery needs to take responsibility for their well being. There might be doctors, therapists, and support groups readily available, but if you’re not asking for what you need, you might miss out on the benefits of healing from addiction. Recovery from addiction isn’t complicated, but… Continue Reading Take Responsibility for Your Recovery from Addiction
You might say that when you decide to get sober, you start a journey to a whole new life. You begin the process of becoming a whole new you. But on the one hand, you might be afraid of the unknown, which is natural with a big life change. However, the unknown brings experiences you’ve… Continue Reading How to Embrace Change in Addiction Recovery
Typically, when a person is working the 12-steps, whether that’s in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or another 12-step program, they require the guidance of a sponsor. A sponsor is someone who has more sobriety or experience in addiction recovery and who can provide assistance to someone who is in their early recovery.… Continue Reading Reasons You Might Need a New 12-Step Sponsor
Are you struggling with substance abuse? Do you know someone who struggles with addiction? Whether you’re looking to help yourself or someone you know, partial hospitalization for addiction treatment may be necessary. Since drugs and alcohol take a tremendous toll on both the mind and the body, treatment is necessary to heal. Furthermore, in severe… Continue Reading What Is Partial Hospitalization for Addiction Treatment?