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The Importance of Honesty in Recovery

October 25, 2017

Admitting that you are struggling with an addiction or mental health issue is one of the hardest things you will ever do. Once you admit to yourself, it also means that you will need to admit to others that you have these issues and need help to overcome them. Dishonesty is all too common among addicts and those with a mental health condition – most of the time it’s about the denial that you have an issue or need help. For some, it could also extend into lies they have told friends and family, i.e. lying about how much they…

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Healthy Friends vs. Unhealthy Friends

October 23, 2017

You are who you surround yourself with. Although it may be a clichéd belief, for many, the saying holds true. If you’re in treatment, it is important to surround yourself with positive, healthy relationships that will be a source of support during and after the recovery process. For many people, this may mean avoiding friends you used to hang out with before you entered treatment. It doesn’t stop there. Developing new friendships can also be tricky as you try to find a healthy network of friends. The Difference between Healthy & Unhealthy Friendships It might seem like a safe bet…

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Ways to Celebrate Graduating from Women’s Drug Rehab

October 13, 2017

Graduating from a rehabilitation facility is an exciting event and should be celebrated in grand fashion. We make a big deal of every milestone – from receiving our driver’s license, to moving into our first apartment, to our work anniversaries. Recovering from addiction is no exception – and it takes much more hard work than studying for any exam. It is normal to be hesitant about congratulating yourself as a recovering addict. However, celebrating is more important for someone recovering from addiction than anyone else. It is fulfilling to remind yourself of where you were, and how far you have…

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Local Aftercare Recovery Support Groups

September 28, 2017

Aftercare recovery support groups provide support and tools following treatment. Aftercare meetings teach new strategies, coping skills, and help you build a support system. These new tools will help you continue your wellness journey. Aftercare meetings usually start as soon as you complete your rehab program. These programs can assist your transition into everyday life. Plus, they provide you with tools to avoid risky environments and temptation. Find a local aftercare recovery support group near you. A.A. Meetings Alcoholic Anonymous is an international support group to help anyone undergoing or recovering from a drinking problem. Aftercare recovery meetings focus on…

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You Have the Right to be Happy, Especially Today!

August 8, 2017

National Happiness Happens Day is August 8th, and with this in mind, it is only right to list out a few small things you can do to lift your mood. For many addicts, the focus on tackling addiction pushes any consideration for their own happiness out of the picture. However, it is just as important to keep a positive outlook on life as it is to focus on your sobriety. No matter what your past may look like, you deserve to be happy and enjoy life. Not only will focusing on your own happiness lift your spirits, but it will…

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Returning to School after Rehab

August 7, 2017

If a loved one has recently completed a rehabilitation program, returning to school to finish their education and receiving a degree is a natural and noteworthy goal. Addiction treatment should not deter anyone from completing their education and moving forward with life goals. However, there are potential problems that may arise along with returning after a gap in the school term, and they should be considered prior to returning. Transitions such as this in adolescent’s lives can often lead to stress, anxiety, and other problems. On top of this, social challenges will need to be thought through, especially if returning…

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5 Tips on How to Navigate Through Work Functions with Alcohol

August 2, 2017

It never feels like every event revolves around alcohol until you have decided to live your life without it. For those who have recently left rehab and are just beginning to navigate through life sober, events that were once exciting because they involved drinking can now appear nerve-racking and intimidating for the same reason. Although it may seem like the easiest option is to stay home where you will be as far away from the temptation as possible, this is not always a healthy or longstanding solution. While it very well could be a smart decision to deny the Facebook…

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Sober People

July 11, 2017

Overcoming any addiction is tough. Beginning the ongoing course of recovery is half the journey. Learning how to cope and live your newly sober life can be stressful, confusing, and scary – but it doesn’t have to be. These daily lifestyle habits help highly effective sober people support their lifelong recovery. 1. Start a gratitude journal Start and keep up a gratitude journal. At the end of each day take 15 to 30 minutes of your time to write down the positive events that happened in your day. This simple routine has proven to lower stress levels, improve the ability…

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How to Choose an Aftercare Plan

July 5, 2017

Sobriety is a lifelong commitment. Recovery from addiction doesn’t stop when your treatment period ends. In essence, aftercare is continued treatment which follows the relatively shorter period of addiction treatment, whether it be intensive outpatient drug rehab or residential substance abuse treatment. Why Is Aftercare Important? The results of a survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showed that more than 23 million people 12 years of age or older required treatment for substance abuse. Some substance abuse treatment centers boast success rates of more than 80%. This success is possible due to aftercare programs…

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Can Apps Help Women Stay Clean & Sober?

June 13, 2017

The world continues to move online, so it should be no surprise that those in recovery are finding outlets online that will help them in their journey. As more and more people turn to their mobile devices to stay connected, apps have become increasingly popular in helping those in recovery. Below are some of the apps that could help you in your journey.* 5 Apps to Assist in Your Recovery Journey Rise Up + Recover Rise Up + Recover is an app that is geared toward helping those recovering from an eating disorder. The app uses cognitive behavioral therapy to…

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