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An Easy Way to Keep Cravings at Bay in Recovery

Recovery comes with challenges and, largely, that challenge is yourself. You’ve got to face all the feelings, thoughts, cravings, and doubts that exist inside. You’ve got to face those experiences without the old tactic of avoidance through the use of substances. However, recovery also comes with an enormous amount of support. You’ve got your 12-step… Continue Reading An Easy Way to Keep Cravings at Bay in Recovery

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The Road to Recovery and the Pink Cloud Syndrome

Recovery from addiction is not an easy journey. Perhaps that goes without saying. It will include highs and lows, peaks and valleys, long straight-aways, and sharp turns. It can be a journey that is difficult at times, but also very rewarding. And, if you know that there may be challenging times ahead, then you can… Continue Reading The Road to Recovery and the Pink Cloud Syndrome

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How Exercise Can Transform Your Recovery

More and more research is coming to light about the health benefits of exercise. And it’s not just your physical health that benefits from exercise, but your mental and emotional health do as well. Exercise is gaining more and more importance in the fields of mental health treatment and recovery from addiction. We are quickly… Continue Reading How Exercise Can Transform Your Recovery

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Why It’s Important to Know What You’re Feeling

The ability to know what you’re feeling and when is called emotional awareness. Not everyone has this ability and it takes some time to build. However, it’s vital that those who are in recovery from addiction develop some emotional awareness in order to heal. Dealing With Emotions One of the most common reasons for turning… Continue Reading Why It’s Important to Know What You’re Feeling

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A Practice of Deep Breathing Will Strengthen Your Sobriety

One of the main reasons why people end up using drugs and alcohol on a regular basis is because it helps them cope with emotional, psychological, or physical pain. When the pain feels too overwhelming, a person can begin to feel anxious, tense, and stressed. And this, in turn, can drive a person to drink… Continue Reading A Practice of Deep Breathing Will Strengthen Your Sobriety

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The High Risk of Relapse and How To Prevent It

Once someone completes addiction treatment for drug or alcohol abuse, their journey to sobriety isn’t over. Individuals need to work to maintain their sobriety, which can be difficult. There is a high percentage of people in recovery who relapse. Close to 80% of recovering addicts experience a relapse. However, the causes of relapse are most… Continue Reading The High Risk of Relapse and How To Prevent It

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How to Help a Loved One Move on After Relapse

If your spouse, sibling, child, or parent is in recovery, you’re probably big support for them. So you will likely witness the ups and downs of their recovery. Relapse can be a difficult experience for both the recovering addict as well as the loved one supporting them. However, as a loved one concerned for your… Continue Reading How to Help a Loved One Move on After Relapse

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Simplify and Structure Your Day When You’re in Early Recovery

If you’re new to recovery, there are some very basic steps you can take to ensure your sobriety is a lasting one. It’s difficult for anyone to go from addiction to sobriety. Often, the vow to never drink or use drugs again is impractical without taking concrete steps to re-organize one’s life. As you may… Continue Reading Simplify and Structure Your Day When You’re in Early Recovery

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Ways to Distract Yourself When Faced with Cravings

If you’re a recovering alcoholic – whether you’re early in your recovery or have many years of sobriety under your belt – cravings are likely going to be a part of your experience. Cravings aren’t easy. In fact, for some, it may be hard to identify a craving, especially for those who are new to… Continue Reading Ways to Distract Yourself When Faced with Cravings