Are You Assertive, Aggressive, or a People-Pleaser?

By |November 18th, 2019|recovery|

While it’s true that everyone is an individual, everyone has a communication style that they tend to stick to as they go about their life. Some of these are healthy, while others are symptoms of old unhealthy patterns that need to be left behind. Sometimes it’s hard to see these types of patterns in yourself. [...]

Helping and Supporting Others in Recovery

By |October 24th, 2019|recovery|

In recovery, it’s essential to take care of yourself. At the same time, as you gather more experience staying clean and sober, you’ll start to build a support network. Being a member of a support network is important. That means that you should show up for others, too, when they need it. Helping People is [...]

Becoming More Assertive in Recovery

By |September 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 [...]

Understanding and Using Experiential Therapy

By |July 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 [...]

Your Health is a Huge Part of Wellbeing in Recovery

By |April 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 |March 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 [...]

Understanding Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

By |January 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 |December 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 [...]