Are You in the ‘Pink Cloud’ Phase of Recovery?

Getting clean and sober brings a sense of euphoria all its own. The phase of early recovery when you experience extreme happiness and excitement is called the ‘pink cloud.’ some people call it ‘the honeymoon phase,’ but it is also quite dangerous for many reasons. If you are in the pink cloud you may miss…

How Can Recreational Therapy Help You Feel Better?

Everyone learns differently and some people really like those visual cues to help them get motivated. Other people like hands-on experience which helps promote a forward-thinking attitude. You might respond differently to various styles of addiction treatment. For many people, participating in therapeutic recreational activities can be powerful in addiction recovery. The Benefits Recreational therapy…

The Dangers of Process Addictions

In the program of recovery from drugs and alcohol, we may find ourselves engaging in addictive behaviors unrelated to substance abuse. These behaviors are capable of maintaining the disease of addiction by replacing substances with any number of activities that also affect the reward system of our brain. Process addictions can include gambling, eating, shopping,…

What Are the Signs of a High Functioning Alcoholic?

A high-functioning alcoholic may be able to do many things everyone else can do: work, socialize, and go about daily life without being hindered by drinking behavior. Some people may even be able to become top achievers at the height of their professions. Even so, a high functioning alcoholic will struggle to keep obligations and…

The Dangers of Complacency

In our journey toward sobriety, we may find ourselves at a point where we feel as though we are just “going through the motions” of our program. We find ourselves losing the feeling of excitement we had when we first entered into our recovery program.  Boredom was often a reason for our past use, and…

How Does Executive Rehab Work and Is it Right for Me?

If you are considering rehab as a C-Suite executive, you are not alone. If you suffer from addiction, seeking effective treatment for your condition is imperative to moving forward and being healthy again. Living in the public eye and working at a high level can require enrolling in a treatment program that caters to your…

Surprising Dangers of Psychedelics

Psychedelic drugs, such a LSD, psilocybin, and various other hallucinogens, are commonly misunderstood as “safe” drugs because they do not have the same propensity for addiction as “harder” drugs like opiates and stimulants. Psychedelics, however, carry a slew of possible risks to our mental and physical health.Short-term abuse of hallucinogens like LSD or psilocybin can…

What is the “Blue Mind” and How Do I Tap Into It?

Every human being feels an innate connection to water. We are made of water so it makes sense when the ocean or a body of blue water is in our sights, we feel a sense of wonderment and tranquility. Science has a reason for why we feel so soothed by the presence of water. It…

What if I Can’t Make Direct Amends?

The amends-making process can be difficult to navigate. We embark upon a mission to clean the wreckage of our past and set things right, but sometimes we find that we are unable to directly communicate with those whom we have hurt. Whatever the reason may be, we still must find a way to clean the…

What is a “Spiritual Awakening”?

12-Step recovery programs often refer to the necessity of a spiritual awakening or experience to maintain long-term sobriety. Carl Jung, as quoted in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, described the nature and importance of a spiritual awakening, explaining that “once in a while, alcoholics have had what are called vital spiritual experiences. To me…