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Watch Out for These 5 Crossover Addictions

Active addiction and personalities with addictive tendencies go hand-in-hand. The urge to substitute one addiction for another can happen naturally, especially during early recovery. Learn more about how it happens and what to look out for when noticing changes of behavior. Swapping Out Many people who have stopped drinking or using drugs turn to other…

Quitting “Cold Turkey” Rarely Works: Here’s Why

When an individual regularly consumes toxic substances like drugs and alcohol, he or she may consume with the impression that quitting will be as easy as starting was. In fact, several surveys indicate that individuals in these situations often deem themselves perfectly capable of quitting anytime they’d like. Their strategy is typically one that includes…

The Dangers of Stress in Early Recovery

It’s easy to get overwhelmed in early sobriety. We’ve entered into a new way of life and turned our backs on using drugs and alcohol as tools to cope with the stressors or daily life. Stress may have greater effects on our health than previously known, and in early recovery, when we are in a…

Gratitude in Early Sobriety

They say that a grateful alcoholic never relapses. In early recovery, it’s easy to lose touch with all the things we have gained through sobriety. Showing gratitude everyday helps us stay mindful of the new life that we have been given, allowing us to maintain an awareness of why we made the decision to enter…

Being of Service Develops Your Work Ethic

  Many people new to recovery may lack general life skills.  Addicts and alcoholics are used to instant gratification and may not understand the concept of working hard to achieve goals.  It’s possible work ethic is something you were never taught growing up.  Addiction may have also clouded your understanding. Addiction tends to inadvertently promote…

Watching Movies About Addiction Can Be Triggering In Early Recovery

  There is something inherently self-harming about addiction. Despite the ongoing pain our drugs of choice cause us, the drastic effects it has in different areas of our lives, we continue to use them. The pleasure we get out of our favorite drugs of choice and alcohol outweigh any of the negative consequences, until they…