Four Reasons to be Excited About 2019

Four reasons to be excited about 2019

By the time the new year rolls around, a lot of people are already sick of hearing about how great the new year will be, and why you should make this resolution or that. It can be easy to just shrug off, but you shouldn’t underestimate the benefit of a fresh start. If you’re someone who is currently or has struggled with addiction to drugs or alcohol in the past,


Why Should I Try Yoga in 2019?

Why Should I Try Yoga in 2019?

Yoga has long been touted for its health and fitness benefits, and to help people manage their stress and anxiety. It’s an ancient practice that has become popular all over the world, but mostly has its roots in India. There’s several different styles of yoga, and different ways to practice it, making it a workout of choice for people looking for something that may not always be the same. Yoga


The Importance of Continued Support

The Importance of Continued Support

When we have completed an addiction treatment program, we still have significant work to do to stay aligned with our recovery goals. We have started the process, but we still have a long way to go. Treatment gives us the foundation we need to get started. How we do after treatment depends on multiple factors, including our emotional readiness to keep up with our recovery program. One of the best


How Can I Give Back In Recovery?

How Can I Give Back In Recovery?

Many people find that once they’re in recovery and they’ve been sober for some time that they feel like they should be doing more to help other people who are struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol. Part of the gift of choosing life over addiction is that, when you’re ready, you’ll be alive to help somebody through their struggle. Addiction is a disease that thrives on keeping people isolated,


Learning About Ourselves from Analyzing Our Patterns

Learning About Ourselves from Analyzing Our Patterns

Analyzing our mental, emotional and behavioral patterns can teach us a lot about ourselves and how to heal from our addictions and mental health issues. Oftentimes we fall into and continue our patterns unconsciously, and we repeat them by default without being consciously aware of them. We attract the same kinds of relationships but don’t know why. We have recurring life cycles of depression, financial instability or dependence. Our patterns


What are Some Obstacles to Reintegrating?

What are Some Obstacles to Reintegrating?

When we’re working to rejoin society and return to our former lives, there are some specific challenges we’re often confronted with. These can threaten to derail our progress and take us off course. Our goal in recovery is to stay clean and avoid relapse, and these challenges can test our resolve and our strength. What are some of the obstacles we face when reintegrating? Perhaps the first that would come


Undertaking the Journey of Self-Discovery for Recovery

Undertaking the Journey of Self-Discovery for Recovery

When we are ready to do the work needed for our recovery, one of the most challenging but important elements of our work is the process of self-discovery. When we have been living with addiction and mental health issues, we can feel as though we’ve forgotten who we are. We lose sight of the person we used to be. Many of us have isolated ourselves and been completely alone with


How Can I Help Myself Reintegrate Back into Life?

How Can I Help Myself Reintegrate Back into Life?

When we are in recovery, especially after we’ve finished a treatment program, returning to our former lives can be a huge challenge for us. We’re confronted with all kinds of things that threaten our sobriety. We’re faced with addictive urges and compulsions. We have to interact with people who themselves are not sober. We’re presented with things that trigger us and that automatically make us want to resort to our


How Can Addiction Create Apathy?

How Can Addiction Create Apathy?

Addiction is so pervasive and all-consuming that it dominates our thoughts, emotions and behaviors until our lives are totally overtaken. One of the most destructive effects it can have is eradicating our sense of compassion and empathy. We become so consumed, obsessed even, with the subject of our addictions that we lose our connection to our souls, to our sense of morality, to other people. We’re only concerned with how


Breaking the Cycle of Addiction

Breaking the Cycle of Addiction

Working to break the cycle of addiction in our own lives, our families and our communities, is some of the hardest work we’ll ever do. We’re put to the ultimate test – mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. There are some ways in which we can help ourselves, and each other, break the toxic and destructive cycles of addiction. Removing the shame Shame is one of the most debilitating and paralyzing


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