‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly – 25 Tips For Staying Sober Over the Holidays

October 8th, 2018|

The holidays are right around the corner. To this, many will shout, “Cheers! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Others will, say, “Bah Humbug!” It really doesn’t matter which category you fall into. The reality is, the months of November and December can be a challenging time for people in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction.   To help you along your recovery journey, we have put together a list of 25 tips to help you stay sober for the holidays. Here goes: #1 Make The Commitment

How to Finally Stop the Cycle of Abuse

September 16th, 2017|

Physical abuse occurs every 20 minutes in the US by an intimate partner. Every year, more than 10 million men and women experience emotional abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, and more. That’s 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men. During the cycle of abuse, the abuser will do everything they can to gain the power and control. All the tactics used are in an effort to make the victim subservient. Through the understanding and acceptance of the cycle of abuse, it can be treated. Getting help is the most important step which

Guilty Mom Thoughts: Could I Have Prevented My Son From Becoming an Addict?

July 28th, 2017|

Any time a parent learns of their child’s drug addiction or alcoholism, they all ask the same question: Is there something I could have done to keep my child from becoming an addict? It seems logical; there must have been something you could have done to prevent your child from finding drugs and alcohol. Right? After the initial wondering what you could have done to keep them away from drugs, you ask even more questions: Could you have kept a better eye on their friends? Should you have set their curfew an hour or two

Powerful Tips for Avoiding Relapse

June 16th, 2017|

If you have recently started (or you are thinking about starting) recovery from addiction, you are understandably looking for the most powerful tips for avoiding relapse during this recovery process. The reality of addiction is that at least half of those who enter recovery will relapse at some point. This means that they will fall back into their old habits, whether that means heavy drinking or abusing drugs. While this relapse statistic may appear disheartening at first, it is important to understand that addiction is a very powerful disease. A fifty-percent relapse rate should actually

How to Help A Sibling Struggling With Addiction

June 8th, 2017|

Having a sibling with addiction is one of the most heart-rendering things you can go through. In fact, watching any loved one go through addiction is unspeakably difficult. You can see the problem, you know something has to be done, but you feel powerless to actually help. This is something of a mirror image to the way an addicted person feels about their own situation. They know something isn’t quite right, and they’d really like to make the necessary changes to get themselves back on track, but there’s something there that simply won’t allow that

What It’s Like to Be an Adult Child of an Alcoholic

May 28th, 2017|

Alcoholism often reaches far beyond the individual alcoholic, reaching out to affect everyone around them – including an adult child of an alcoholic many years later. From emotional repression to problems with intimacy, alcoholism in a parent can impact a child for years, and even decades, to come. What It’s Like to Be an Adult Child of an Alcoholic This post examines the way that alcoholism in a parent affects adult children of alcoholics, as well as how individuals who have been affected by alcoholism from an early age can choose to move forward

What You Can Do When Addiction Runs in Your Family

May 24th, 2017|

“A man who drinks too much on occasion is still the same man as he was sober. An alcoholic, a real alcoholic, is not the same man at all. You can’t predict anything about him for sure except that he will be someone you never met before.” ~ Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye Addiction and alcoholism usually affect those in the closest proximity to the person struggling with the mental disorder, and this is particularly true when addiction runs in the family. When a child has an alcoholic parent or close family member, it creates

How Addiction Affects the Family Unit

May 16th, 2017|

Whether it is a parent, a child, a spouse or an extended family member who struggles with addiction, there is no question that addiction directly affects the family unit. Anyone who has struggled with addiction themsleves or had a loved one with an addiction problem would likely agree that addiction does not exist in a vacuum; instead, it directly impacts the entire family. When addiction to alcohol or drugs is a factor in family life, it introduces a new level of stress and disunity to the family. A parent with an addiction affects the entire

Deck the Halls with Non-Alcoholic Eggnog: Seven Steps to Stay Sober During the Holidays

December 19th, 2016|

While it may look different, the holidays can still be plenty joyful and filled with general merriment even without a drink in your hand. It may not be easy, but these seven suggestions should serve as a good start to staying sober during the holidays – from Thanksgiving right on through to the New Year. Come the morning of January 1st, your steadfast and sober self will thank you. #1 Remember the Reason during the Season You started on the path to recovery for a reason. It may be more difficult to remember this reason

Gifts That Keep Giving: Opportunities to Give Back in Boise

December 5th, 2016|

“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.” ~ Jim Rohn Mariah Carey on the radio? Big sales at the store? Family recipes being dusted off? All of this can only mean one thing: Christmas is almost upon us. After the craziness of Black Friday, holiday cheer is sure to spike in the weeks to come. But this does not only mean presents under the tree and stockings over the fire. It is also a chance for those in the Boise community to get up, get out, and help out.