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Being Sober on St. Patrick’s Day

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  While some may say that a sober person cannot go anywhere alcohol is served, we believe that recovery offers the freedom to go anywhere. With the St. Patrick’s Day coming up, you might be invited to celebrations. Although St. Patrick’s Day is often a fun celebration, there is also a lot of drinking involved… Read On »

Does Prayer Really Help Reduce Cravings?

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  Prayer and spiritual awakenings have always been integral to the 12-step approach. Step 11 is: “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” Of course, other steps involving turning your… Read On »

Changing Our Emotional Response to Relapse

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  How we respond to the challenges that arise in our recovery, such as relapse, can make all the difference in whether we stay on track with our sobriety goals or continue to fall off the wagon. Our emotions play a huge role in our behaviors. When we’re shaming ourselves for relapsing, for example, we’re… Read On »

Is There a Difference Between Introversion and Social Anxiety?

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Social anxiety disorder, or SAD, affects about 15 million Americans and is a major risk factor in developing a substance use disorder. SAD is when you feel acutely anxious in social situations. People with SAD want to connect with others but their anxiety is an obstacle. They often deal with this problem by using alcohol… Read On »

Coping with Relapse

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  The journey of recovery will inevitably bring us huge challenges, times of self-doubt and worry, and difficult obstacles to overcome. We will question our ability to stay the course. We will doubt whether or not we have the strength to stay sober. We’ll feel down on ourselves and disappointed in ourselves for the mistakes… Read On »

What’s Wrong with Self-medicating?

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It’s often said that someone with unhealthy substance use patterns is self-medicating. At least half–and possibly many more–of people with substance use disorders also have a co-occurring mental health issue. These typically include anxiety disorders, major depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive/compulsive disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, or autism spectrum disorders. Often, someone… Read On »

8 Tips for Quitting Caffeine in Addiction Recovery

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Studies suggest that people recovering from a substance use disorder drink a lot of coffee. One study found that while about 64 percent of Americans drink coffee every day, about 89 percent of AA members drink coffee every day. That’s a significant difference. For most people, a cup or two of coffee in the morning… Read On »

Sacrificing Relationships for Our Recovery

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  Of all the things we have to give up in order to recover, we can find that the relationships we have to sacrifice are the hardest to come to terms with. Our relationships mean so much to us. They provide us with companionship and emotional support. They provide us with a sense of security,… Read On »

Is All-or-nothing Thinking Hurting Your Recovery?

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All-or-nothing thinking is a common cognitive distortion that can cause all kinds of problems, including anxiety, anger, depression, and even poor health. It means thinking in extremes. Either something is all good or all bad. It’s similar to perfectionism, but it extends beyond your own sphere to pretty much everything. Thinking in extremes can make… Read On »

The Sacrifices We Make for Sobriety

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  In the depths of addiction, many of us settle for low standards and unstable relationships that can actually exacerbate our suffering. The discomfort of addiction becomes comfortable. As the illness consumes us, we may even develop other addictions, such as gambling or sex, in an effort to fill the void. We become complacent in… Read On »