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Sober Living

Are Sober Living Homes Coed?

Sober living homes are a great next step for many after completing residential rehab. They provide a structured living environment so that healing can continue. Many are in regular neighborhoods so it feels more comfortable for the residents, but all the residents share a commitment to sober living — as well as daily responsibilities. Like … Continue reading Are Sober Living Homes Coed?

April 24, 2018

Are Sober Living Homes Coed?
Addiction Recovery

How to Prepare for the Party Season When You’re Sober

Jump to Section: Stay Connected to Your Recovery Be Nice to Your Body Use Mental Reminders Coping with Stressful People Make Your Own Holiday Fun Enough Is Enough When you’re sober, you face the year-round challenge of social gatherings that involve alcohol. These gatherings become even more frequent and difficult to navigate during party and … Continue reading How to Prepare for the Party Season When You’re Sober

January 22, 2016

Addiction Recovery

Are There Scientific Processes Underlying the 12-Step Recovery Method?

Jump to Section: Social and Cognitive Neuroscience Explain the 12-Step Method Positive Psychology as the Gateway for Spiritual Renewal Sponsorship and the Process of Mirroring The Neurological Effects of Storytelling When it comes to the current conceptualization of addiction, most would subscribe to the compelling disease model, which decidedly states that addiction is a chronic, … Continue reading Are There Scientific Processes Underlying the 12-Step Recovery Method?

December 29, 2015

Addiction Recovery

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

Jump to Section: 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

Recovery Goals for 2015: Where Will Sobriety Take You This Year?

Jump to Section: Moving Forward Areas that Require Change An End Game From Here to There The First Step One of the keys to maintaining sobriety for the long term is intentionality. Choosing your goals, crafting your plan, and being very intentional in everything you do from what you eat to whom you spend time … Continue reading Recovery Goals for 2015: Where Will Sobriety Take You This Year?

January 5, 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

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

Addiction Recovery

Can a Vegetarian Diet Improve Your Mood During Drug Addiction Recovery?

Most everyone has met the yoga-practicing, meditation-touting vegetarian that claims no one should ever ingest the soul of another living animal; to them, it’s a matter of preserving good karma, spiritual self and physical health. Recent findings may support this concept, at least in part. Although it’s obviously impossible to accurately “test” people’s karma, some … Continue reading Can a Vegetarian Diet Improve Your Mood During Drug Addiction Recovery?

September 21, 2012

Addiction Recovery

Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Pros and Cons

Jump to Section: The Pros Do These Pro-Testing Arguments Stand? The Cons Do These Anti-Testing Arguments Stand? According to CNN and a number of other news sources, Florida officials once took quick strides toward implementing a new program that would require potential recipients of cash aid and welfare to undergo drug testing when they apply. Some think … Continue reading Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Pros and Cons

July 8, 2011