How to Observe National Recovery Month

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National Recovery Month is observed each September in the U.S. and has arrived once again. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, this is an annual opportunity to honor those who are in recovery from mental health and addiction issues. This is a movement that also seeks to raise awareness about the dangers of substance misuse and … Read More

What Do You Need To Know To Be An AA Sponsor?

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Alcoholics Anonymous is an inclusive support group where people go to get sober. Getting sober is hard, and we shouldn’t have to do it alone. Luckily, AA is a great resource—it provides support, structure, and a pathway to lifelong recovery. One word you’ll frequently hear at meetings is “sponsor.” What does an AA sponsor do? How can they help you … Read More

Why Relapse Does Not Mean Failure

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For many on the road to sobriety and recovery, relapse is part of the journey. Though at the time of a relapse it may feel like a failure of sorts, it doesn’t have to be. Many people in sobriety come back from a relapse and are able to maintain continuous sobriety afterward. Like anything else in sobriety, it’s just about … Read More

How To Avoid Drinking at Holiday Parties

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With the holidays right around the corner, it’s important for people in recovery to gear up. Holidays mean holiday parties, of which alcohol tends to be the center of attention. This can make staying sober more of a challenge than usual. The good news is it can be done, and you’ll be in a better position than most who over-indulge … Read More

4 Behaviors To Adopt In Alcohol Recovery

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Maintaining sobriety after treatment can be scary. For some, it is difficult to go back to the real world after being in a facility with routine and treatment professionals. Treatment facilities can feel safe and secure, and leaving them may leave an addict or alcoholic with a feeling of uncertainty about how to proceed in sobriety. After leaving treatment, certain … Read More

Relapse Stages: Mental, Emotional, and Physical Relapse

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Getting clean and sober is an amazing journey. Recovery is a lifestyle and must constantly be tended to for the benefits to stay intact. It takes hard work and determination, but the rewards can be well worth it. Many people experience better health, more energy, clarity, and an overall sense of well-being and peace in their recovery. However, sobriety is … Read More

5 Ways That You Can Stay Sober After Attending Rehab

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For many people on the path of sobriety, receiving treatment is the easy part. It’s what follows treatment that can often scare people enough to stray from sobriety and back to their old lives. The reason for this is that being in a rehabilitation facility provides a sense of comfort. Each day brings routine, and for those struggling with substance … Read More

How To Use Daily Affirmations For Addiction Recovery

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In recovery, you’ll have what’s known as a tool box. This means you’ll have a list of tools, coping mechanisms, action items, and skills to help you deal with everyday life in recovery. While drugs and alcohol may have been your go-to method for dealing with everything life throws at you, learning to live without those substances demands that you learn … Read More

9 Reasons to Stay Sober (And How To Make It Happen)

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The reasons why someone begins to use drugs are too numerous to count. Some start because of peer pressure. Others because of stress. Still, others start out of curiosity. For every addict in the world, there is a uniquely personal reason they began using their substance of choice. However, there are an equal number of reasons to get sober and … Read More

What To Do After A Relapse Occurs

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Even when you commit to getting sober, relapse is a very real possibility. According to an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) survey, 75% of people relapse during their first year of recovery. Half of cocaine addicts will relapse within a year of completing detox. In general, 40-60% of drug users will relapse at some point during recovery. Women are particularly susceptible to relapse. A 2013 study showed … Read More