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Sobriety Isn’t About Luck

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It is St. Patrick’s Day, and around the world nearly 33 million adults will be hitting the local bar scene, ready to toast one another with cold glasses of stout and beer tinged with green dye. This age-old festival—with its ever shrinking religious undertones—seems to be known above all else as a celebration that can… Read On »

7 Ways to Share the Love

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When we think of Valentine’s Day, visions of glittered cards and red roses often come to mind. For those without a significant other, this can be an unwelcome image. Though few can debate the delight found in heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, there is far more to love than presents wrapped in red cellophane. True love… Read On »

Sober Fun on Super Bowl Sunday

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-Cara O’Neill, Hanley Center at Origins Super Bowl Sunday is one of my favorite days of the year, and it’s the perfect time for sober people to have some serious fun. As a person in recovery, I feel like there is always some event or day that we are told to consider a “temptation” or… Read On »

The Blessings of Service

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The majority of my life was spent searching, planning, and arranging circumstances to fit my perceived wants and desires, with no consideration for those around me. Before I recovered, the only purposes that drove my life were selfishness and a relentless pursuit for drugs and alcohol. Because of the solution offered in the 12 Steps,… Read On »

Will You Make a Resolution or a Decision?

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The holidays are upon us and I’m brought to the famous New Year’s resolutions made by everyone each year.  So many people pledge to start exercising, eat healthy, and lose weight – very common resolutions. Every single year for almost eight years I remember pledging that my New Year’s resolution would be to stop drinking… Read On »

8 Ways to Focus on Your Recovery This Holiday Season

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Every year, dozens of blogs focus on the numerous ways that addicts struggle during the holidays. While the stretch between the holidays and the New Year can seem difficult to navigate, it doesn’t have to be. The solution to addiction doesn’t change just because the season does. As you celebrate the holiday, protect your recovery by taking action that can… Read On »

Alumni Newsletter | Winter 2017

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Happy Holidays from Chris, Myers, Chad, Kellye and Tharin! Alumni Newsletter | Winter 2017 My 30th Sober Christmas Chris Raymer, VP of Recovery Service   Christmas is almost here on South Padre Island, TX. As I’m writing this, it’s raining, cold and blowing 30 mph outside. Patients from up north are all walking around in… Read On »

Will You Make a Resolution or a Decision?

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The holidays are upon us and I’m brought to the famous New Year’s resolutions made by everyone each year.  So many people pledge to start exercising, eat healthy, and lose weight – very common resolutions. Every single year for almost eight years I remember pledging that my New Year’s resolution would be to stop drinking… Read On »

The Holidays (and “Everydays”) Are For Giving | Tharin Smith

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My holidays and life changed forever back in 2005. I “turned myself in” to treatment shortly before Thanksgiving in Atlanta, Georgia after a family intervention. The thought of another holiday season had me feeling even more hopeless and suicidal. My self – pity and shame about not being able to give anything again that season… Read On »

8 Spiritual Lessons for Every Recovery Jedi (Part 2)

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Today, we offer the second ‘episode’ of our two-part series on the spiritual lessons in Star Wars. If you missed the first, you can find that here. Even if you aren’t a geek at heart, it is impossible to ignore the vital recovery lessons we can learn from the timeless saga of our favorite Star… Read On »