Making the transition from treatment back to your regular routine can be a difficult one, full of brand new mental and emotional challenges. We can be filled with fear that we’ll relapse. We can be hit with the anxiety and depression that can come during difficult transitions. We can feel suddenly very alone and isolated… Continue Reading Transitioning Out of Treatment
Recovery is not a one-time thing where we go to treatment and then are magically cured. It is a process that we undertake and commit to for the rest of our lives. When we decide to get clean, we are making the important decision that we want to be well, we want to be happy,… Continue Reading How Do I Maintain My Sobriety?
Making the decision to get professional help can be one of the hardest things we’ll ever do but also one of the best things we can do for ourselves to improve our chances of recovery. Entering treatment requires a level of courage and self-awareness that can take us a long time to develop. Very often… Continue Reading Entering Treatment
When we are starting out in recovery, many of us choose to be linked with a sponsor. We can find sponsors through our support groups, treatment centers, therapists or other trusted support systems. When we are paired with sponsors, they are usually in recovery for the same addiction types we’ve struggled with. They have firsthand… Continue Reading How Can Having a Sponsor Help Me?
For many of us, there are certain life skills we haven’t learned and developed over the course of our lives because our addictions have caused us to neglect ourselves. Many of us have sacrificed ourselves and our wellbeing for the sake of our addictions. Learning important life skills can help us greatly in our recovery… Continue Reading Learning Life Skills
Recovery support group meetings are an excellent way to connect with others in recovery. When we are first starting out on our recovery journey, we can feel very lost and alone. We can forget just how many other people are living with similar issues and struggling in similar ways. Our isolation can make us feel… Continue Reading Why Should I Go to Meetings?
Anger and addiction are closely related. Occasional anger is normal and sometimes healthy. If we see someone being treated cruelly or unfairly, anger is an appropriate reaction. However, expressing anger constructively isn’t easy. Some people are prone to angry outbursts that are destructive and usually make matters worse. Most people go the opposite way and… Continue Reading 5 Ways to Deal with Anger in Addiction Recovery
Conventional forms of therapy such as traditional talk-therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy tend to focus mainly on working with the mind, and while our addictions have a mental component, they also are very much related to our emotions, our hearts and souls, and our spirits. Many of us believe that at our core we are… Continue Reading The Spiritual Element of Recovery
Recovering from our addictions and mental health issues is one of the hardest challenges of our lives, but for some reason we feel we have to do it all by ourselves. Sometimes we’re afraid to ask for help. Sometimes we’re prideful and embarrassed about all the mistakes we’ve made. Sometimes we feel we’ve hurt people… Continue Reading Why is Support so Important for our Recovery?
One of our biggest challenges in recovery, after we’ve left the treatment center and gone back to our regular lives and daily routines, is knowing how cope on our own, how to fill all the time we once gave to using. It can be overwhelming, daunting, scary and emotionally draining. Many of us have missed… Continue Reading The Benefits of Recreational and Occupational Therapy