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So far Melissa S has created 14 blog entries.

Becoming More Assertive in Recovery

By |2019-09-11T10:15:36-07:00September 11th, 2019|recovery|

  Many people in recovery have problems expressing their emotions, whether they are feeling anger or fear. In time, you’ll learn how to recognize your feelings and how to react appropriately to others. Unfortunately, many people (especially men) in recovery have trouble standing up for themselves without coming across as aggressive. There IS a line [...]

Reap the Rewards of Active Listening

By |2019-08-22T12:26:44-07:00August 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Active listening helps people learn, interpret, and grow as people. How many times do you speak to a person every day? Have you ever noticed that the meaning of some words can change if they’re said in a particular inflection? Learning to Listen Actively Listening is a valuable tool that can improve your relationships and [...]

Understanding and Using Experiential Therapy

By |2019-07-27T13:43:27-07:00July 29th, 2019|recovery|

Experiential therapy is a technique used in mental health and addiction treatment to help clients recreate and process emotional situations. While many people don’t enjoy group therapy or feel anxiety about becoming emotional, doing another task while processing these feelings can empowering. What Does Experiential Therapy Mean? The term Experiential Therapy is used to describe [...]

Change Your Thinking With Affirmations

By |2019-08-01T10:08:46-07:00June 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 [...]