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Self-Care Is Critical, No Matter How Long You’ve Been in Recovery

June 13, 2019

Self-care is all about nurturing a loving, kind, respectful relationship with ourselves, and it’s takes work – just as other meaningful relationships in our lives do. As an ongoing, lifelong process, we have to remind ourselves to continue building upon…

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Your Guide to Going on Summer Vacation in Recovery

June 10, 2019

Summer vacations – they used to mean airport drinking, tropical getaways and sipping cocktails on the beach or by the pool. Nowadays, they can be anxiety ridden affairs that are full of opportunities to relapse. Going on your first vacation…

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What is Humility and How Does That Relate to Recovery?

June 6, 2019

“I find I am at my best when I can let the flow of my experience carry me…” – Carl Rogers The dictionary defines humility as: “a modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness”. As human beings, it’s…

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How Creativity Helps Recovery

June 3, 2019

A common misconception amongst many creative addicts is the idea that substances such as alcohol or heroin can stimulate creativity. They cite that many creative geniuses have also been alcoholics or addicts. However in a recent study, Roger Beaty, a…

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Incorporating Creative Activities in Recovery: Getting Back to the Basics

May 30, 2019

When we’re kids, we’re much more open to exploring the world with curiosity and wonder. Vince Gowmon, a life coach, counselor, author and more, emphasizes that it’s because children are still connected to their body rather than strictly through their…

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Guide to Life After Rehab

May 28, 2019

Leaving treatment can be a scary prospect for many recovering addicts. Addiction is a life-long disease that you need to work on continuously, even when you leave your treatment center. In fact, in some ways – you have to work…

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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…

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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…

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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 states, biological differences in women means that they can become much more easily dependent on…

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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…

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