Stress Awareness Month: The Stress-Addiction Link

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In honor of Stress Awareness Month this April, we’re shining a light on stress and addiction. We all experience stress and it can even be useful when it helps us react to imminent danger or motivates us to take the proper course of action or perform better. For most people, occasional stress is normal and doesn’t pose a health threat. Chronic stress, on the other hand, can cause lasting physical and mental problems, including a vicious cycle of addiction. Without the right tools to manage stress, some people self-medicate with mood-altering substances. A seemingly innocent drink to de-stress after work […]

 Alcohol Awareness Month: Stages of Alcoholism

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It’s Alcohol Awareness Month, founded and sponsored by The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (now Facing Addiction with NCADD) in an effort to reduce stigma and raise awareness about the prevention and treatment of alcohol abuse and addiction. The pressure to drink alcohol is everywhere, notes Facing Addiction. One in every 12 adults, or 17.6 million people, suffer from alcohol use disorder or alcohol dependence – and it doesn’t happen overnight. Like other types of addiction, it’s a progressive disease that happens in stages. In fact, some experts say it can begin well before you pick up a […]

Why Willpower Isn’t Enough

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If you’ve already made a commitment to recovery, then we don’t have to tell you that pure willpower is not the answer to overcoming addiction. Prior to recovery, many people with a substance use disorder want to “will” themselves to quit. You may even try to cut ties with using friends, ditch all of your alcohol or drugs or make heartfelt promises to loved ones – but having a strong will isn’t enough. Unfortunately, willpower will only get you so far without proper support, education and treatment. This is because addiction isn’t a choice or result of moral failing; it’s […]

Sober Spring in Austin

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With the spring season comes fresh inspiration and motivation, a desire to start anew. One way to take advantage of the energy and spirit of spring is to seek out fulfilling activities and leisure opportunities to help you fill your newly found sober hours. New interests and recreational activities help prevent relapse, boost self-confidence and create a sense of fulfillment in your sober life. Reaping the Benefits of Spring Whether you take an excursion to the mountains or stroll around your local park, getting active and out into the fresh air during spring can do wonders for your recovery. For […]

Lessons in Self-Compassion: Be Kind to Yourself for a Better Recovery

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For many people in recovery, self-compassion is a real challenge. Most of us want to be kinder to ourselves, but our self-critical, perfectionist tendencies often stand in the way. What’s more, many people confuse self-compassion with a get-out-of-jail-free card. Self-compassion doesn’t let you off the hook for your mistakes, but it does give you the ability to accept your mistakes, learn from them and try again. What Is Self-Compassion? The word compassion means “suffer with.” Perhaps the easiest way to understand self-compassion, then, is to think about the tenderness and understanding you would offer a loved one who is suffering. […]

Sleep Awareness Week: The Role of Sleep in Recovery

Sleep Awareness Week

Sleep Awareness Week, created by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), begins this weekend and it’s the perfect time to talk about how proper sleep can play a powerful role in your recovery. This year’s theme is “Begin with Sleep,” and the campaign is designed to highlight the “importance of good sleep health for individuals to best achieve their personal, family, and professional goals,” according to the NSF. There are countless benefits of a good night’s sleep. For those in recovery, regular, restorative sleep can help you feel more present, focused, energetic and emotionally balanced. It can also ensure that you […]

Managing Finances and Reducing Financial Insecurity in Recovery

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Addiction can take a toll on many aspects of your life, including your physical health, mental state, spiritual well-being, relationships – and your finances. In fact, many people in recovery find themselves struggling financially. This is because addiction clouds your judgement when it comes to money management. You’re thinking about scoring, not saving your pennies. You’ve likely burned through a lot of cash to support your lifestyle during active addiction and may even be struggling with severe debt. What’s more, getting help for a substance use disorder can be expensive – though the cost of not getting treatment is much, […]

Be Humble Day: Humility and Recovery (Be Humble Day is Feb 22)

Be Humble Day

February 22 is Be Humble Day, a made-up holiday created to increase empathy and awareness and get people to think about the virtue of humility. The idea is that being humble for just one day may result in prolonged humility; you’ll realize how important it is and how great it feels to be humble. If you’re in recovery, you’re likely familiar with the importance of humility. It plays a big part in accepting that you’re powerless over your addiction. To accept your addiction and restart your life, you must have humility. What Is Humility? Webster defines humility as “the quality […]