woman understanding the dangers of white knuckle sobriety

The Dangers of White-Knuckle Sobriety

White-knuckle sobriety refers to the practice of desperately holding onto sobriety without working a recovery program. Many programs stress the impossibility of maintaining sobriety by sheer force of will, but there are some—few and far between—who can for some time. The problem with white-knuckling sobriety is that it does not allow one to address all…

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What does Alcoholics Anonymous mean by “Physical Allergy”?

For many years, alcohol use disorder, or alcoholism, has been known as a threefold disease that affects the mind, body, and spirit. Within the disease, three parts are referred to as the spiritual malady, the physical allergy, and the mental obsession. These components, in conjunction, make up the disease of alcohol addiction, as defined by…

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How Does Drug Abuse Affect the Heart?

Most illegal substances have unseen physical health effects. Rarely do we consider the potential health risks to our bodies if they are not externally apparent. Nearly every illegal substance negatively affects the heart in both short and long terms ways. Stimulants may be the most dangerous class of drugs for our hearts. Drug abuse and…

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What are the Benefits of Yoga?

For individuals struggling with a substance use disorder, whether drugs or alcohol, recovery takes time. Even when an individual finds treatment and is able to heal from the disease of addiction, they still need support to maintain their sobriety. One way to work at staying sober is through practicing holistic therapies like yoga. Understanding the…

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What Is Motivational Interviewing?

As a component of your recovery, you may begin receiving individual counseling from a therapist. One of the techniques your therapist might employ is motivational interviewing, which is useful in helping people with addictions to move from a state of uncertainty into a state of action. This is accomplished by helping you to identify and…

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Living Life to the Fullest in Recovery

As you begin to thrive in recovery, a whole new world is unfolding before you. Living life to the fullest is now a reality, instead of a gift only bestowed on “other people.” Your future is now. It’s important that you celebrate your successes and your milestones in recovery. You’ve begun to make deep connections…