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Addiction Recovery

Surviving the 12 Steps: Advice for Newcomers and Not-So-Newcomers to AA and NA

On This Page: The First 24 Hours The First 30 Days Meetings Work the Steps Sober Birthdays Phone Numbers Romantic Attachments Sharing at Meetings Sponsors Giving Back 12-Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are excellent ways to supplement drug rehab. Though these programs do not provide addiction treatment, they offer … Continue reading Surviving the 12 Steps: Advice for Newcomers and Not-So-Newcomers to AA and NA

January 19, 2015

Addiction Recovery

10 Tips for Avoiding Relapse During the Holiday Season

Recovery from drug addiction and alcohol use disorders can be a struggle. At any time, an unexpected event or emotion can trigger cravings for the drug of choice and make someone want to drink or get high. During the holidays, recovery can be even trickier than usual. Some common triggers during the holidays include the following: Dealing … Continue reading 10 Tips for Avoiding Relapse During the Holiday Season

December 3, 2014

Addiction Recovery

5 Benefits of Personalized Addiction Treatment

After initial stabilization in detox, the first step in recovery should be an in-depth evaluation and assessment. This allows the treatment team to identify all obstacles to recovery and to create an individualized treatment plan to address those issues. Medical health, emotional health, specific life challenges – all these will be addressed through directed therapies … Continue reading 5 Benefits of Personalized Addiction Treatment

October 31, 2014

Addiction Recovery

10 Things NOT to Do When Your Loved One Comes Home from Drug Rehab

Rehab was the first big step, but now it’s time for recovery. The excitement of feeling empowered by being sober is the honeymoon phase when people just out of treatment are optimistic but may have unrealistic expectations. It’s also a time of adjustment for family members who don’t know what to expect. Plan for Success … Continue reading 10 Things NOT to Do When Your Loved One Comes Home from Drug Rehab

August 29, 2014

Addiction Recovery

A New Obsession: Replacing Addiction with a Healthy New Goal

Alcoholism and drug addictions involve an obsession with getting and drinking or using. When those with a substance use disorder go through detox and rehab, they should be coming out the other side with goals for a whole new life – a life without drugs. It’s a quality-of-life issue that’s central to a long-term recovery.1 … Continue reading A New Obsession: Replacing Addiction with a Healthy New Goal

December 16, 2013