recovery group at informal meeting to set boundaries during stage of recovery

Why Boundary Setting is a Good Plan at Any Stage of Recovery

New year, new you is what they say. Sobriety is more than just hitting a new year and resolving to stay clean in recovery. Uncomfortable feelings arise and they have to go somewhere. When it comes to setting proper boundaries, it helps to have a plan in place to help set a positive focus for…

How do I convince myself to stick with treatment?

The hardest part of any addiction recovery effort is often not the treatment itself. Rather, it is the mindset of the individual receiving the treatment. Because addiction is essentially a hijacking of the mind, individuals will often face their biggest battles in recovery when their will comes to a crossroads with the disease and what…

How do I Make the Most of My Sobriety?

One of the biggest positives about giving up a life or season of substance abuse is the genuine free time it affords you. Without worrying about another fix, you actually have more time to find out who you are, what you are about, and, most importantly, what you can accomplish. After conquering the mental and…

When do I Know I’m Completely Sober?

One of the things that people tend to rarely stress when it comes to addiction and recovery from it is the end goal. Yes, it is important to make sure that individuals recover from an addiction, and that they can live a happy, peaceful, and productive life. But when does one know if they are…

How do I Stay Sober on a Budget?

It is no secret that an addiction can be quite expensive. Some users report spending thousands of dollars a month on high quality substances that can only be purchased from certain places, stored certain ways, or used in certain quantities. It is worth noting, however, that addiction recovery can incur its fair share of costs,…

How to Move Past Fear and Embrace Sobriety

Sobriety can seem like a scary prospect. After all, we have spent so much time in a state of addiction that we don’t know any other way to live. For most of us, drugs and alcohol were a way to control our emotions and problems—without these substances, what are we to rely on to make…

Staying Strong and Sober When Others Relapse

Relapse is far too common in recovery and doesn’t discriminate. Men and women with years of sobriety have found themselves fall back into addiction, often much worse than it was before they became sober. Relapse is never a reason to give up on sobriety, and everyone can get back to a happy and healthy state…

The Necessity of Healthy Sleep Patterns in Early Sobriety

Living in addiction is chaotic, and we rarely care to have a healthy, routine sleep schedule. After so much time spent without a healthy sleep pattern, it can be difficult to develop one in sobriety. Sleep is incredibly important in the recovery healing process. Too much or too little sleep can have devastating effects on…

Happy, Joyous, and Free in Sobriety

The words “happy, joyous, and free” are said quite frequently in the rooms of recovery meetings. However, what are they referring to? It seems simple enough– we find happiness in sobriety, our lives become filled with joy, and we are free from the chains of addiction. However, the happiness, joyousness, and freedom that we experience…