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Change Your Thinking With Affirmations

By |2019-06-28T06:12:41-07:00June 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Affirmations can help you change your life, but first, they help you transform your attitude. Are you a negative thinker? Do you think everything you do turns out “bad” or “wrong”? This kind of approach can help you stay stuck in negativity. When you feel negative most of the time, it can lead to depression, [...]

Your Health is a Huge Part of Wellbeing in Recovery

By |2019-04-30T11:56:08-07:00April 30th, 2019|recovery|

When you were using drugs or alcohol, it’s a given that you weren’t able to take care of yourself or your health. Addiction is considered a physical, mental and spiritual disease. Once you’re clean, your body takes time to adjust now that you’re not putting toxins in it all the time. Taking care of yourself [...]

Why You Should Keep a Gratitude List and How to Start

By |2019-04-18T10:57:28-07:00March 15th, 2019|recovery|

In recovery, you go through a lot of ups and downs, especially in the first few years as life begins to settle. Sometimes, you may feel a little fed up or frustrated. This too shall pass.  Do you want a secret way to improve your mood, even if you’re having a crummy week? Keeping a [...]

Choosing a 12-Step Sponsor

By |2019-02-20T13:32:57-07:00February 20th, 2019|recovery|

In recovery, learning to live life on life’s terms is a big part of the struggle. To get help, you admit that you’re powerless over your addiction (as well as people) and you decide you’re willing to try something new. Treatment teaches you a lot about yourself, your triggers and your defects. Working on these [...]

Understanding Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

By |2019-01-03T20:51:47-07:00January 8th, 2019|recovery|

Getting clean isn’t easy, especially when you’re first starting out. Many people need to go to detox to get highly addictive drugs out of their system. Some of this detox produces uncomfortable physical and physchological symptoms. These symptoms usually subside within a few days to a few weeks. However, there are also long-term effects that [...]

25 Ways to Say “No” to a Drink or Drug

By |2018-12-07T14:27:05-07:00December 10th, 2018|recovery|

Staying clean is the top priority in everyone’s life once they find recovery. You can do your best to avoid temptation by working your recovery program. You know it’s important to stay away from people, places and things that tempt you. However, life is unpredictable. Sometimes you run into old friends at the grocery store [...]

Sobriety and the Holidays: How to Cope

By |2018-11-19T11:56:23-07:00November 19th, 2018|recovery|

Are you nervous about celebrating the holidays in your newfound recovery? Staying clean is always the most important aspect of recovery, and people are often worried about temptation during the holidays. Stress can be a trigger for many people. The stress that people experience during the holidays during recovery may sometimes feel like overload; after [...]

Is Your Environment Affecting Your Recovery?

By |2018-10-17T08:44:48-07:00October 17th, 2018|recovery|

People who struggle with addiction have many triggers that they learn to cope with as they stay clean for a length of time. When a person goes to treatment, they’re in a safe space where they can feel free to explore their addiction and find a path to recovery. Treatment centers are without judgment, and [...]

Learn to Have Fun in Recovery! 15 Ways

By |2018-09-27T12:25:12-07:00September 27th, 2018|recovery|

Getting clean is a big deal, and at first, your primary goal in recovery is to live one day at a time. Treatment and 12-step meetings probably made up most of your days in early recovery. But once you’ve been clean a while, you may become restless. Boredom can be a big trigger for relapse [...]