Dangers of Home Detox

The first step on the path toward sobriety is detoxifying the body of drugs and alcohol. Healing can only begin once our system has been purged of any remnants of substances. The process can be overwhelming and painful. Without proper medical assistance through detoxification, it can cause an array of health risks or even death.…

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Why is Proper Nutrition Important in Recovery?

Recovery is about the mind and body-eating healthy foods to replenish the physical body but help the brain feel restored. Addiction strips nutrients from the body which makes proper nutrition all the more important. A healthy diet, however, may not be on your radar when you have so many other things on your mind. It…

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Relapse Begins Before the First Drink

One of our greatest fears in sobriety is going back to the chaos and pain of life in active addiction. We may be aware of the potential to achieve a happy, joyous, and free life in sobriety, but there are moments when we want the temporary relief provided by drugs and alcohol. There is no…

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Learn How to Become a Transformational Decision Maker

Recovery is not all good times. Sometimes it is really, really hard. Completing treatment is awesome but your journey has just begun. With the twists and turns bound to come your way, it may feel frustrating or confusing. Learn how to become more pivotal in your own decision-making process to help transform the way you…

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How Do You Choose a 12-Step Sponsor?

One of the core components of 12-Step recovery is the idea that we must work with another addict or alcoholic to maintain sobriety. Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, realized early in his sobriety that his cravings for alcohol seemed to dissipate when he turned his attention to helping another person suffering from alcoholism. Alcoholics…

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Can I Switch Sponsors?

The relationship between sponsor and sponsee if one of immense trust. We take into account a variety of factors before choosing someone with whom we will develop this relationship. However, there may come a time on our journey when we feel that we are no longer growing in our sober lives, or we may meet…

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What Are the Side Effects of Too Much Caffeine on Sleep?

Caffeine and sleep are not a good combination. Our bodies need enough sleep to function and caffeine is an unnatural way to keep the body and mind awake when it wants to sleep. People who sleep less are likely to perform more poorly at work, be less alert and even struggle with driving. Find out…

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Growth Through Creative Expression

There is a common stereotype of creative individuals as dark and brooding, hunched over a desk or canvas. The reality, however, is that creative expression actually makes us happier. The act of expressing that which we cannot articulate opens us up to a new method of communication, allowing us to show our inner thoughts and…

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The Power of Hope in Your Recovery

Nobody will take your recovery more seriously than you. Recovery forces change, whether you want it to or not. That may not seem like what you signed up for when checking into treatment but that is what makes recovery both challenging and successful. That is why it is essential to maintain hope, for the present…

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