Five Tips for Improving Self-Compassion

Five Tips for Improving Self-Compassion

The first time I heard the term, self-compassion, I was just a few weeks into my recovery. The therapist I was seeing while in treatment brought it up during one of our sessions. She noticed that I was carrying around a lot of guilt because of my addiction. Our society attaches great importance on being…

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What is Carfentanil?

What is Carfentanil?

Carfentanil is a relatively new drug out on the streets, but it has been making the news a lot in a short time. The risks it poses is cause for great concern. In fact, it is more potent than heroin, fentanyl and morphine, which has many worried about the dangers for anyone looking to buy…

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Are You Addicted to Drama?

Are You Addicted to Drama?

When I first began my recovery, I met a lot of people who had simply switched from one addiction to another. Giving up drugs and alcohol often led them to begin smoking cigarettes or eating excessively. Since I was aware of this early on, I thought I didn’t have anything to worry about. I was…

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Five Ways to Manage Anger in Recovery

Five Ways to Manage Anger in Recovery

Anger is one of the most common reasons we relapse after a period of sobriety. When overcome with anger, we are much less able to make good decisions, because we are acting out of emotion instead of rational thought. In order to protect my sobriety, I had to take steps to control my anger. Most…

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The Importance of Setting Healthy Boundaries with An Addict

The Importance of Setting Healthy Boundaries with An Addict

Boundaries are an important part of any relationship, whether with friends, family, or a partner, but when the other person is an addict, they become crucial to the survival of the relationship. Learning to set healthy boundaries with an addict will enable you to move on with your life without taking responsibility for their actions,…

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How Important is Nutrition in Recovery?

How Important is Nutrition in Recovery?

Nutrition is largely accepted by dietitians and nutritionists as a powerful tool for helping addicts to recover from substance abuse, but this information is not common knowledge. Most substance use disorders are intrinsically linked to unhealthy habits and bodily harm, as substances not only cause direct damage to the brain and the body, but also…

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5 Ways to Bounce Back After Relapse

5 Ways to Bounce Back After Relapse

Whether you’ve been clean or sober for weeks, months, or years, a relapse can hurt. Most of us immediately judge ourselves and may be depressed, angry, and unmotivated about our recovery prospects. However, while a relapse is not ideal, it is important to recognize that you are not the only one who has experienced this…

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It's a New Year and I'm Sober, What Now?

It’s a New Year and I’m Sober, What Now?

Getting over a drug or alcohol use disorder is life changing. It’s more than just walking away and staying clean. It’s the process of beginning to put your life back together and taking control of who you are and what you want to be. If you’ve recently gotten clean or sober and are moving into…

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How to Handle Your Family Over Christmas

How to Handle Your Family Over Christmas

For most of us, Christmas is supposed to be a magically happy time for everyone, but often that is far from the case. Many of us have grown up watching idyllic films like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “The Christmas Carol”, but in real life, Christmas doesn’t change family issues, remove stress, or somehow manage…

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