Nutrition and Sobriety Healthy eating is a good goal for people in recovery. Us sober folks have beat up our bodies pretty bad. Good, balanced food gives the body energy and helps repair organ tissue and strengthens the immune system. Because of our past lifestyle, a well-balanced diet provides the nutritional building blocks we need … Continue reading Getting Started with a Plant-Based Diet? Don’t Worry
Society’s Stance on Mental Health and Addiction Needs a Reboot
We know that substance abuse disorders carry a stigma. But when is a stigma something even worse?
Sweet Melissa: Ignorance Is Not Bliss
Addiction Memoirs The best part of addiction recovery has been connecting with other people who can relate to my story. For the most part, my sobriety fellowship is found at meetings. However, I also love listening to sobriety podcasts, browsing through blogs (I guess that's kind of obvious) and reading memoirs. Reading someone's story about … Continue reading Sweet Melissa: Ignorance Is Not Bliss
Addiction Treatment Success Rates For Outpatient and Residential Patients
Getting the help needed to treat a drug or alcohol addiction is the first step to take in the quest to manage this chronic, relapsing disease. The importance of enlisting the help of professionals in the field of addiction and recovery is key, as treating addiction successfully requires this high level of expertise. An addict … Continue reading Addiction Treatment Success Rates For Outpatient and Residential Patients
Steps to Getting Help with Heroin Withdrawal
In a succession of revelations through which the heroin addict eventually becomes disenchanted with the using lifestyle, he or she decides it is finally time to quit. Self-disgust for the destruction that heroin addiction has wrought in their life and the lives of loved ones is one key motivator for getting clean, as well as … Continue reading Steps to Getting Help with Heroin Withdrawal
Life Changes to Make on Your Path to Recovery Beyond Just ‘Quitting’
Recovery is hard, and it’s taxing on anyone’s mental health. One of the best ways to prepare your mind for what’s coming is to take some time to practice some sort of mindfulness exercise. Just a few minutes a day of meditation, prayer, or focus breathing can relieve stress and reduce the risks of a relapse.
Is “Celebrate Recovery” A Good Alternative to 12-Step Programs?
The Celebrate Recovery versus Alcoholics Anonymous discussion When I originally wrote about Celebrate recovery, almost two years ago it was enjoyed by some, but not a "popular" article. What has blown my mind is the comment section. It has taken on a life of its own. So it only made sense, to pull it out, … Continue reading Is “Celebrate Recovery” A Good Alternative to 12-Step Programs?
Non 12-Step Addiction Rehab Programs Explained
Most everyone is familiar with the 12-Step program associated with Alcoholics Anonymous. This popular fellowship program has been around since the late 1930s assisting members worldwide in their quest to live a life without drugs and alcohol. What is less familiar, but just as significant in the addiction and recovery world, are the non 12-Step … Continue reading Non 12-Step Addiction Rehab Programs Explained
Moving Forward: What Needs to Happen When the Addiction Treatment is Completed
Addiction Treatment is Over - Now What? It takes a lot of guts to admit there is a substance abuse problem and begin the difficult path to getting sober and free again. Addiction treatment is a major step, but it’s not the whole process. In fact, the process will continue for the rest of … Continue reading Moving Forward: What Needs to Happen When the Addiction Treatment is Completed
5 Tips to Prepare Yourself for College in Recovery
More and more often an education is required to secure a job; many companies see a college degree as a sign of initiative and good follow through skills. If you’re diligent you can prepare yourself for the challenges of college while keeping your recovery program intact. Most addiction starts in late adolescence, so setting and … Continue reading 5 Tips to Prepare Yourself for College in Recovery