Health and Wellness in Recovery

‘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

Clinical Depression and 10 Steps to take when Major Depression Looms

September 7th, 2018|

What is Severe Clinical Depression? Severe clinical depression is a treatable illness that affects more women than it does men. In fact, 20% of women in the U.S. are affected with some form of depressive mood disorder while 12% of men are affected. It’s one of the most common mental health disorders people will seek help for. There are 14.8 million adults over the age of 18 in the U.S. alone that are affected by major depressive disorder. These figures were published by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. It’s common for people

3 Gateway Drugs That Anyone Should Be Wary Of

August 10th, 2018|

The concept of a gateway drug is not new. 3 Gateway Drugs That Anyone Should Be Wary Of Most people have heard of the idea but may not know which substances qualify as gateway drugs. It is important for everyone to be wary of gateway drugs. Part of this means understanding the risk factors of addiction and the slow progression toward physical dependence. This brief guide addresses three of the most common gateway drugs that anyone should be wary of: Alcohol Marijuana Prescription medication. These are the three most common gateway drugs. They are

How Do I Know if I’m Really an Addict?

June 20th, 2017|

“Life is a series of baby steps along the way and if you add up these tiny little steps you take toward your goal, whatever it is, whether it’s giving up something, a terrible addiction or trying to work your way through an illness. When you total up those baby steps you’d be amazed over the course of ten years, the strides you’ve taken.” ~ Hoda Kotb It is not always easy to recognize addiction, which leaves many people asking: how do I know if I’m really an addict? Addiction can take on many

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

Why The First 90 Days Of Recovery Is So Vital To Long-Term Sobriety

June 12th, 2017|

The first 90 days of your recovery is unquestionably the most important part of your addiction recovery process. There just is no doubt. For starters, if your first 90 days of recovery don’t go well, you may not get to day 91. You’ll be too busy starting over again from day 1. Relapse is at its highest rate during the first three months of recovery. Everything will be at greatest risk, including your overall health. As a result, this is the time in your recovery when it is absolutely the most vital to take good

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

The Scoop: Sober Living Homes and Programs Explained

June 4th, 2017|

For many of those who struggle with addiction and are going into recovery, a sober living program can be an important connecting step on the long road to sobriety. We frequently talk about the differences between inpatient and outpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment is a jumping-off point for treatment that gets people through the worst parts of their recovery. It involves getting living at a specialized facility where addiction treatment is administered. Most inpatient facilities are 24-hour treatment facilities that administer both pharmaceutical and therapeutic treatments for substance addiction, while simultaneously maintaining a controlled, sober living

Alcohol Facts and Information

June 1st, 2017|

You may know your favorite mixed drink order by heart, but is not necessarily the same thing as understanding important alcohol information and facts. This is important in order to make smart choices about alcohol. This important information can include everything from the alcohol content of different kinds of drinks to how alcohol enters and affects the body. In this post, we take the time to objectively describe alcohol facts and information that everyone should be aware of. The ultimate goal of this post is to give you, the reader, fair and insightful knowledge about

The Power of Positivity in Recovery and Healing

January 9th, 2017|

“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” ~ Chinese Proverb Do you roll your eyes at statements like always look on the bright side of life, every dark cloud has a silver lining, or the classic think positive? Positivity may seem like a hollow cliché in the face of addiction recovery, but there is everything to be said for the power that positive thinking, attitudes, and actions have on not only recovery from addiction, but healing as an entire person. The statements above do more