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Mental Prep for the Holiday Season Ahead

Addicts in recovery can be doing fine one day, and then Thanksgiving with the family looms in the near distance. The holiday season can be the most challenging for recovering addicts because they are forced to be near people who may either threaten their recovery or threaten their self-esteem, which, in turn, threatens their recovery. …

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Why You Should Connect With Others in Recovery and Where to Start

When we look at relapse patterns, 99.9 percent of the time, clients report that they stopped working their program prior to relapsing. This means that they stopped putting their recovery first, maybe by not attending meetings or their outpatient treatment sessions. That’s when the relapse starts—when individuals start to disengage with their recovery regimen, not …

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How to Practice Mindfulness in Recovery

When we’re in active addiction, we become accustomed to numbing painful emotions by engaging in behaviors that provide instant gratification. In recovery, we must learn to shed the urge to “escape” feelings of discomfort and become comfortable sitting with them.   Luckily, mindfulness is a simple and effective tool that can provide a variety of benefits, …

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Rediscovering Yourself in Recovery

Do you take care of yourself? How do you take care of yourself? Often, we answer the first question with, “Yes!” and the latter with, “Ummm.” Simply put, self-care is taking care of ourselves by what we deliberately do (or refrain from doing) with our own well-being in mind. In the early stages of recovery, …

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Eat Plants, Drink Water

As we practice staying sober one day at a time, it’s important to prioritize our health. Attending 12-step meetings, an intensive outpatient program, or another recovery program, in addition to working or caring for a family can take up a majority of our time. When we’re focusing so much of our energy on our sobriety, …

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Finding Passion and Meaning in Recovery

Passion and meaning are fundamental principles to a thriving life in recovery. Sobriety is more than abstinence from drugs and alcohol. It is about becoming a well-rounded human being. Like many of us, I was born doing everything at 100 percent. Throughout my life, my attitude has always been that more is better. This approach …

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Why You Should Make Time for Recreation & Leisure in Your Recovery

Are you uncertain about how you should spend your free time in recovery? Are you unsure of what you even like to do? When we get clean and sober, we have a lot more leisure time for meaningful activities. Not to mention, having fun in recovery is imperative! If you’re not sure how you should …

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