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Relapse Prevention & The 12 Steps: What You Need to Know

May 26, 2019

Relapse prevention is a crucial part of addiction recovery, but it happens gradually. Those in recovery learn of the strategies, coping mechanisms and resources needed to work through troubling emotions such as with anger, guilt, sadness and more. It takes time to learn more about our cravings and triggers, as it’s something that we can’t…

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Navigating Summer Parties and Picnics in Recovery from Substance Abuse

May 20, 2019

As summer arrives, so do the invitations to parties, BBQ’s, after-work drinks outside and picnics on the beach or in the park. It is not unusual to associate these events with drinking and using. Navigating the challenges summer brings to us in early recovery can be a difficult and sometimes it’s best to avoid these…

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How Men and Women Differ When It Comes to Spirituality and Long-Term Recovery

May 16, 2019

Men and women are hardwired differently, so it’s natural that they experience addiction, recovery, and the associations that go along with them differently. As DrugFree.org states, biological differences in women means that they can become much more easily dependent on substances; they are also at higher risk of developing health-related issues, such as breast cancer,…

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How to Avoid 5 of the Most Common Relapse Triggers

May 13, 2019

1: Stress Stress may be the number one cause of relapse. Many people in recovery turn back to their substance of choice when they are feeling overwhelmed with life issues. For many addicts, drinking and drugging was a maladaptive way of coping with various stressful experiences. Being Hungry, Angry, Tired or Lonely (HALT) can exacerbate…

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Final Exams in Recovery

May 6, 2019

Exam season is fast approaching. Exams at any time in someone’s life can raise stress and anxiety levels. For people in recovery, stress and anxiety are often triggers for using and drinking. We want to help you navigate the difficulties of a stressful exam period and provide tools to stop you reaching for a substance…

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How to Achieve an “Attitude of Gratitude” in Recovery

April 29, 2019

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” These wise words were from John F Kennedy and got us thinking about how to actually live in continued expressed gratitude. We therefore devised a little guide to help us all live…

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Moving Past Shame in Addiction Recovery: Choosing to Move Forward

April 28, 2019

Shame is defined as, “a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.” Shame is a powerful emotion that can cause people to feel worthless, defective, and damaged beyond repair – and for those in addiction recovery, shame can be quite a common feeling. One fundamental area of…

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An Attitude of Gratitude in Recovery

April 22, 2019

Practicing daily gratitude has benefits that can help you maintain your recovery. It helps to reduce stress and illness and improves sleep and social connection. When you are focused on what you are grateful for you start to appreciate what is good about your life, instead of what is bad. By being grateful, you can…

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Empathy in Recovery

April 15, 2019

According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, Empathy is “the ability to share someone else’s feelings or experiences by imagining what it would be like to be in that person’s situation”. This means you are able to identify and understand another individual’s feelings and motives without having to actually share their experience. An empathetic person is…

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In What Ways Can I Find Freedom Through Sobriety?

April 11, 2019

The journey to recovery is different for everyone. We’re all made up of unique thought processes, personalities, histories, relationships, painful experiences, accomplishments, health conditions and so much more – it’s only fitting that these elements that make up who we are will go onto influence the way we perceive ourselves and our recovery. As the…

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