4 Stages Of Recovery From Addiction

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Addiction is a complicated disease that is classified as both a mental illness and chronic disease. For some, addiction happens quickly, but for others, it develops over time. When you’re dealing with drug or alcohol addiction, it’s easy to feel alone. However, there are approximately 23.5 million Americans addicted to drug or alcohol, while only 11% of those people attend … Read More

7 Mistakes To Avoid In Your First Year Of Sobriety

My first year of recovery was one in which I felt every emotion under the sun – fear, anger, confusion, happiness, pride, frustration. You name it, I felt it. In this first year I never knew what each day would bring, but day by day I eventually made it to one year of sobriety. Through that year, I learned quickly … Read More

7 Advantages Of Getting Sober Young

My life has changed drastically since getting sober at age 20 – but not in negative ways, like I originally thought it would. No, today my life is better than ever and that is in large part due to sobriety. That’s not to say that sobriety has been easy, because there have been moments, days and weeks when it hasn’t. … Read More

What To Expect In Your First 12-Step Meeting

When we think of sobriety, we often think of 12-step meetings right away. This isn’t the only pathway to sobriety, but it is a common one, and one that works wonders for many people. Of course it’s nerve racking when you decide to attend your first meeting or go to one in rehab. It’s only natural to wonder what will … Read More

7 Tips To Keep You Sober During The Holidays

For some, holidays can be a stressful time. For others, they can be a time of celebration. Either way, for people in recovery, staying sober during the holidays may present a challenge.  As with everything in life, there are certain coping mechanisms and tips that can make this time of year easier for those of us who no longer drink. … Read More

7 Health Benefits of Sobriety

The process of getting sober isn’t always the easiest, but it’s definitely worth it. Aside from the obvious reasons that come with breaking bad habits to live a better life, sobriety has so many positive aspects and comes with several health benefits not everyone understands as they embark on the journey. Here are a few health benefits you can expect … Read More

4 Reasons Why Exercise Is Important In Recovery

Have you ever finished a race? Completed a CrossFit WOD? Crossed the finish line at a triathlon or a marathon? These events all give us the same great feelings, of accomplishment, happiness, and momentary bliss. Exercise is an important component to everyday life and should be incorporated into your recovery plan. It’s not unusual for people in active addiction to … Read More

How Addiction And Spirituality Go Hand-In-Hand

  Psychology Today states that “in the United States, addiction is often described as a spiritual, physical and emotional problem,” and while they didn’t necessarily agree with that notion completely, other research might suggest that addiction is a disconnection from spirituality among many other causes. Spirituality is hard to define, as it carries a different meaning and experience for everyone. … Read More

3 Emotions To Expect On Your First Day Of Addiction Treatment

  I still vividly remember my first day of treatment even though it was over two and a half years ago. I did outpatient treatment, so I had time to try and prepare myself before my first session. The 40-minute drive felt like an eternity. I was so unsure of what to expect and felt so alone. I pulled into … Read More

The 4 Components Of Eating Disorder Treatment

When you’ve come to understand and accept your eating disorder, a long road of recovery lies ahead. The learning process on how to heal starts with treatment. I’m sure one thing you may find most nerve-racking is what to expect in treatment. Although each treatment program is tailored uniquely to each person, there are certain components you’ll be able to … Read More