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Personal Growth As A Lifestyle

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In our previous blog post, we talked about the difference between passive and active recovery, as well as the grave danger we put ourselves in when we let our recovery become passive. Working a program of recovery includes more than a sponsor, working with newcomers, attending 12-Step meetings, and being of service to others. At… Read On »

The Joy of Boundaries

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Boundaries are the invisible rolls of caution tape we put up around our limitations emotionally, mentally, financially, and physically. Though others can’t see our boundaries, they can hear them and know them through our communication, as well as our actions. For people with an addicted loved one, these boundaries can be difficult to set, even… Read On »

How Do I Handle My Anxiety?

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Anxiety is a common experience for those of us who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. When we are having an anxious moment, we can follow these three easy steps to handle our anxiety. First, Focus On The Breath In part, anxiety is an overstimulation of the sympathetic nervous system, which interacts with the… Read On »

Mindfulness In Every Day Living

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Everyone could use to be more mindful in their daily lives. Mindfulness is a common prescription these days, appearing in studies, new therapeutic approaches, and spiritual, as well as self-help guides all of the time. Some have called mindfulness the buzzword of the decade due to its popularity as well as its controversy. Though mindfulness… Read On »

Learning To Take A Deep Breath

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Check in to your breathing, right this moment. When was the last time you consciously forced yourself to become conscious of your breath or your breathing? You might be startled to find that your breathing is so shallow it hardly feels like you are breathing at all. You might be breathing quickly for no reason.… Read On »

Saying Yes To Life

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If someone offered you a million dollars, chock free, without a single condition or attachment or tax to pay, would you take it? Your answer is probably yes, after you checked out every possible angle of a scam or scandal. What would you do with that million dollars? Chances are you’ve thought about it once… Read On »

Little Habits For Better Living

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Admiral William H. McRaven delivered a commencement address to the 2014 graduating class at The University of Texas at Austin and gave them invaluable advice. Famously, the admiral told the graduates: “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” Recovery is a matter of the building and rebuilding of habits.… Read On »

Don’t Let Impostor Syndrome Sabotage Your Recovery

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Impostor syndrome is the persistent feeling that you don’t really deserve your success. People experiencing impostor syndrome typically feel like their success is a matter of luck or that they have somehow deceived others into believing they are smarter or more capable than they actually are. As a result, they are constantly afraid of being… Read On »

Why Is Isolating So Harmful?

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If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). When living with addiction and mental health issues, many of us tend to isolate, out of the shame we feel about our addictions, because of the depression and anxiety we’re experiencing, and from our fears of being looked… Read On »

8 Lesser-known Symptoms of Depression

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  Depression affects about 16 million American adults every year and is the top cause of disability worldwide. Although people have become much more aware of depression and mental illness in general in recent years, many misconceptions remain. These misconceptions can cause people with depression to be reluctant to seek help or maybe not even… Read On »