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How to Have a Sober St. Patrick’s Day

How to Have a Sober St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is known for going to pubs and drinking pints of beer with your friends. If you are in recovery, on the other hand, you should not feel like you need to miss out on the fun because you can longer drink. You can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by remembering what the holiday…

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What Can Make Your Depression Worse

What Can Make Your Depression Worse

Having depression is when your sadness interferes with your everyday activities. Even if you are in treatment for your depression such as going to therapy and taking medication, it can still mean that you are repeating habits that can make your depression worse. It is important to make a change in your routine to ensure…

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How Weather Can Affect the Severity of Alcohol

How Weather Can Affect the Severity of Alcohol

If you are too hot or too cold and you are drinking, you will not be aware of your own body’s temperature. This can cause you to develop a lot of health problems whether it is heat stroke from being in the sun for too long or you freeze to death. It is important that…

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Relapse Prevention: How Can I Discover What Triggers Me Personally?

We’re all made up of different thoughts, feelings and life experiences. Just as a person entering a new relationship will need to learn more about what they can/cannot say to their new beau because of past experiences, you’ll need to learn about yourself in recovery to discover what triggers you. Not one of us are…

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Sad Music Can Help with Depression

Sad Music Can Help with Depression

You may be wondering why someone with depression would want to listen to sad music before when they should be listening to upbeat, cheerful music. This is no different than feeling less lonely when you go to a support group and you hear people talking about their sadness. Listening to sad music will send a…

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Continuing to Build Your Spirituality in Long-Term Recovery: 12-Step Programs

12-Step programs have helped thousands of people strengthen their recovery over time, and much of it is because of their focus on spirituality. Those in active addiction often find a void that they’re trying to fill:  a sense of loneliness, anger, discomfort, pain, or something else that is causing them despair. It is often through…

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What Strategies Are There to be More Mindful in the Present Moment?

Author Lawrence Peltz stated in his book titled, The Mindful Path to Addiction Recovery, “Rather than feeling compelled to fall into our addictive behavior whenever we feel the urge, we discover that we can create a gap between impulse and action – we take a breath, feel whatever is behind our urge, and decide whether or…

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How Can I Celebrate Milestones in My Recovery?

Congratulations! Whether it’s your 1-week, 1-month, 1-year or 1-decade of sobriety, you’ve been taking some amazing strides towards your health and wellbeing. Only you can take the steps that you’ve been taking to improve your life, and you’ve been taking them. Milestones are a huge part of recovery because they remind people of how far…

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Could You Be Sabotaging Your Sobriety?

A common assumption for those who’ve completed treatment is that they’ve got everything figured out. They’ve made it through a year, or two years, or twenty years or more of sobriety thus far, so they shouldn’t have to worry anymore about relapse, right? Well, not quite – recovery is a lifelong process, and that doesn’t…

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