Why Do I Have to Make Amends?

Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-Step fellowships suggest making amends to people whom we have harmed in the past. This is the 9th Step, which states: “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” Many people are filled with anxiety at the prospect of facing those…

Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Selfish Program?

Occasionally, people in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous will say that they work a selfish program or that A.A. itself is a selfish program. They may be seeing that A.A. has a focus on self-development and creating a personal relationship with one’s higher power, and from that alone, make the assumption that selfishness is part…

How Do I Handle Rules and Emotions After Treatment?

The first thing you might want to do after treatment is to grab some fresh air and start thinking about how you’re going to get up and moving with this new life. The pesky emotions you feel may nip at the edges of your consciousness but recovery is a process. Rules and emotions are part…

These Are 10 Signs You May Be Addicted to Online Shopping

Online businesses always seem to know what people want and how to push everyone towards that “one thing” they “need to have right now.” The shopping mousetrap is creating a new age of online shopping addiction. Learn some of the signs you may be influenced to shop too much online and how to seek help.…

Once You Choose Recovery, the Rest is Gravy(ish)  

If you have chosen to seek help for addiction, that was a conscious decision that will benefit you the rest of your life, including family and loved ones. When you put the work in, you will discover how much better life can be. It has likely been a struggle for quite some time to get…

What is the Role of Open Communication in Recovery?

As someone who wrestles with addiction, you likely lied and told stories about your addiction. Maybe you lied about where you went and who you spent all that time with, where the money went, and what you had to do to get it back. Not communicating or outright lying is typical in families with substance…

What Are 7 Tips to Help Juggle Family, Commitments and Recovery?

Juggling family and work is a huge challenge, especially in recovery. The best thing you can do for yourself is to learn how to balance everything and take it in stride. There is no way to achieve perfect balance as life ebbs and flows. The concept of recovery focuses on teaching you tools to help…

What Are 4 Ways You Might Be Playing the Victim?

Human beings love to communicate: specifically, they love to talk. One of the biggest mistakes we can make as human beings is to spend a lot of time in conversation that is self-involved without really listening. You may nod your head but really you are just listening to that voice inside your head rather than…

Want a Sober Outlet? Give Open Mic a Try

Open mic is maybe a space you would not otherwise think about when it comes to sober fun. The thing about open mic is that it often happens in bars and pubs (places where sober people generally avoid). Sometimes it can pop up in coffee houses, bookstores and other places which are perfect for you…

Why Sports Addiction Can Be Just as Challenging as Drug Addiction

Sports participation is a highly visible aspect of 21st-century life as more people dive into sports for recreation and competitive leagues. It builds health, self-discipline, strong character, and promotes teamwork. Many benefits can be found psychologically and physically speaking but it can be detrimental if it becomes addictive. Find out why sports addiction can be…