First Responders: Learning to Set Long-Term Boundaries in Recovery
Aug 10 2020

First Responders: Learning to Set Long-Term Boundaries in Recovery

Making it to one year sober requires many different ingredients: willpower, honesty, support, commitment, self-empowerment, and — possibly most of all — boundaries. For first responders, attributes like willpower and commitment are already part of the job. But after devoting their lives to helping others and working as a tight-knit team to survive, learning how…

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Moments of Clarity in Recovery
Sep 24 2020

Moments of Clarity in Recovery

Choosing a life of recovery entails personal growth, self-reflection, and atonement to relieve the weight of guilt and shame. The path forward can be painful, yet fulfilling. Working towards a sober lifestyle requires sacrifice, but can yield moments of clarity which reaffirm the decision to live free of alcohol and/or substance use. First responders who…

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Relapse After a Long Period of Sobriety: Causes and Prevention
Mar 31 2020

Relapse After a Long Period of Sobriety: Causes and Prevention

While it may be true that we know more about addiction now than ever before, there are still many unanswered questions about the scientific and medical complexities that involve substance abuse.  We know that addiction is both a physical and psychological condition and that with treatment, recovery is possible. However, it is more difficult to…

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Utilizing Technology in Addiction Recovery
Jan 23 2020

Utilizing Technology in Addiction Recovery

It seems that technology is providing an answer to just about everything these days. Still, you may find yourself wondering if technology sometimes complicates the situation rather than simplifying it. Many people use apps and online resources to manage their recovery from addiction and improve their mental health, while others prefer the old-fashioned approach. Even…

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avoiding relapse in recovery
Dec 18 2019

4 Tips for Getting Past Relapse

One of the most common fears during and after seeking treatment for addiction is the fear of relapse.  The term relapse is used when someone who has entered recovery from addiction begins using again. Reasons for relapse vary widely, and the extent to which a person relapses is also unique to each individual.  Many people…

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adjusting sober lifestyle
Dec 19 2019

4 Tips for Adjusting to a Sober Lifestyle

No matter how dedicated you are to your sobriety, adjusting to clean and sober living after completing a treatment program for a substance use disorder is a challenge.  However, in addition to giving up on certain aspects of your previous life, recovery also affords you the opportunity to explore new interests and make connections with…

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recovery rut
Apr 20 2020

How to Escape a Recovery Rut

It’s not uncommon to find yourself stuck in a rut at some point in addiction recovery. This can happen at various times, and for various reasons, but one common sticking place is after about nine or 10 months of sobriety. At first, recovery is a lot of work, but you also see a lot of…

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temptation
May 21 2020

Why We Still Feel Tempted After Years of Sobriety

Owning sobriety in this moment does not guarantee anything about the future. The constant struggle to work through urges of temptation shows how expectations differ radically from reality. One minute we may feel as though we have locked our addictions in check, only to be utterly side-swept in the throes of relapse in the next…

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