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Why Spirituality is Key to Success in Recovery

For those who are beginning their journey of recovery, that path is filled with uncertainty, doubt and even hesitance. Of all the obstacles that can be faced in recovery, the concept of spirituality is the one that can trip people up the most. Whether it is in drug treatment or around the tables of 12-step meetings, the […]

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7 Things To Say To Your Addicted Loved One

If you have a loved one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you know that it can be extremely difficult to talk to that person about their addiction. Addiction involves a number of defense mechanisms that serve to protect the addict and their addictive behavior. Typically when you confront the person about their addiction […]

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6 Tricks To Becoming A More Positive Thinker

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” — William Shakespeare When something goes horribly wrong, our emotions hardly feel like a choice. It’s logical to feel upset, angry or guilty about a negative situation, so it only makes sense to react accordingly, right? Not entirely. Research suggests that our happiness is […]

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Sober Hobbies: After Addiction, You Need New Pursuits

As adults, we often forget how to play. This is never truer than it is for the substance abuser in recovery. We need new sober hobbies. When you come out of rehab, and into your new, sober world, you have lots of time to fill. That time that you used to fill with the activities […]

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The Topmost 9 Practice Of Grateful Individuals Even In Hard Times.

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where others see nothing.” -Camille Pissarro It’s not happy people who are grateful. It’s grateful people who are happy. Those that are filled with gratitude are thankful even in times of hardship. How is that? Simply because we tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come […]

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How I Overcame Self Pity in Early Recovery from Addiction

When I first got clean and sober I realized that I had a big problem. Everyone was talking about resentment. They were always talking about how “resentment is the number one offender” and how everyone was dealing with their anger. Alcoholics who relapsed and then came back to recovery would talk about resentment. They would […]

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Grief and Substance Abuse – Coping after a Loss

Losing someone you love is one of the most painful trials life can throw your way.  It’s common to experience a range of emotions, from denial and anger to sadness and despair. Each person who goes through the grieving process does it in his or her unique way. Some, however, will turn to alcohol or […]

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Selfishness: The Common Behavior in Addiction and Sobriety

There seems to be a common misconception that when one stops drinking and using, that we will out of nowhere become these perfect people. I think as alcoholics and addicts, we have an inner need for perfection, thus, this thought process. I mean, we are only bad when we are drinking right? Mehhh, maybe not […]

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Co-addict recovery: Is it time to get help for co-addiction?

Addiction Is Addiction I noticed something in the last few years and that inspired me to write this article. Addicts have their drug. However, co-addicts (the enablers and loved ones of addicts) have their addict. The drama an addict brings is the co-addict’s drug. In fact, they behave much like the addict does: A co-addict […]

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The Role of Codependency in Addiction

Take a guess at one of the top reasons men and woman in recovery relapse: Is it the stresses of life without the drug they ran to for help? No. Is it the living environments most men and woman are heading back to? No. Is it the fact that Post Acute withdrawal lasts up to […]

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The Advantages of a Recovery Community

We thrive on being social, on hunting and trading, and on relying on each other to survive. And long before organized religion, civilization and written language, we relied on community. To this day, nothing can change any one person’s life as much as the power of a community. If several people come together with a joined […]

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How to Increase Your Self-Confidence & Trust in Yourself

There was a time when I didn’t know what self-confidence was. But I didn’t know that I didn’t know what self-confidence was. I thought being awkward, anxious and unsure of myself was totally normal. Now that I’m in a new stage of my life (recent college grad, heyo), I’ve been thinking about confidence a lot lately. The […]

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