How Unrealistic Expectations Can Harm Your Recovery

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Now that you’re in recovery, it’s natural to expect things to change for the better – but you’ll need to be careful that you don’t expect things to change too fast or too drastically. Recovery is a journey and the goal is progress, not perfection, after all. Setting unrealistic expectations during recovery can mean setting yourself up for failure. In fact, for many people, unrealistic expectations can lead to relapse. For example, a person can create a list of impossible demands for sobriety and, when those demands aren’t met, he or she can use it as an excuse to drink […]

Recovery Month: Benefits of Sharing Your Story

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September is Recovery Month and, as part of the celebration, people in recovery from across the country are celebrating their successes and sharing their personal stories in an effort to spread awareness, increase education and inspire others. There are plenty of ways to share your personal recovery tale. You can submit your story via Recovery Month’s “Voices for Recovery” on Recovery.org or you can share during a group meeting, with a trusted peer, friend or family member or via social media. Whichever way you choose, the benefits are vast and include helping to stop the stigma against addiction. Here are […]

How to Be Teachable in Addiction Treatment

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How teachable you are often indicates your happiness and success in life. To feel truly happy and fulfilled in life, you have to continually take stock of yourself and keep growing. It’s so important to be teachable, especially in the treatment setting, because it’s ultimately a sign of how receptive you are to learning new things and your commitment to sobriety. How can you tell if you’re already teachable? You’re aware of your strengths and weaknesses. You ask for help. You learn from criticism. You enjoy trying new things. You’re comfortable with change. You’re curious. You know that you don’t […]

Study: Exercise Can Help Prevent Relapses into Cocaine Addiction

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Running on a treadmill for one hour, five days a week may be key to preventing cocaine relapses, according to researchers from the University of Buffalo. “Cocaine addiction is often characterized by cycles of recovery and relapse, with stress and negative emotions, often caused by withdrawal itself, among the major causes of relapse,” Thanos, senior research scientist in the UB Research Institute on Addictions and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, said in a statement. According to the mice study, this type of aerobic exercise can help cause “memory clearance” that […]

Boundaries and Self-Care

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A big part of self-care is setting boundaries. This is because laying out your boundaries allows you to prioritize your own wellbeing. It helps you to define and let others know what you need (physically and emotionally), how you expect to be treated and to recognize your right to have feelings, beliefs and personal time. It forces you to put you and your recovery first and to take a giant leap in self-worth. Creating healthy boundaries can be a powerful tool for lasting sobriety. Setting and enforcing limits can increase your self-respect and self-esteem and help to create a supportive network […]

5 Benefits of Community-Driven Treatment

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Of all the ways to describe the disease of addiction, “lonely” and “isolating” are among the most accurate. It’s much easier to isolate ourselves than to face our problems head-on. Although isolation may provide some temporary relief, it doesn’t address the negative thought patterns, unstable emotions and destructive behaviors that lead to and are exacerbated by addiction. The benefits of community-driven treatment cannot be overstated. Surrounding ourselves with positive influences while making contributions to the community only improves the likelihood of achieving a successful, lasting recovery. 1. It changes your outlook. It’s human instinct to want to connect and bond […]

#GivingTuesday: Give Life

As the holiday season approaches, I’ve been thinking about the act of giving and receiving and what it means.  How one thoughtful gift can make an average day extraordinary.  How one donation—big or small—can spark a never-ending ripple effect in the lake of life that can change the course of someone’s life and the lives of countless others. Yet I quickly lose sight of the spirit of giving amid the twinkling lights, fancy ornaments, stockings, and presents.  I am completely swept away by the hustle and bustle the holiday ushers in. I forget that two years ago, with a broken […]

Boundaries and Codependency

Before our daughter agreed to surrender and receive help for her addiction she was deep in the trenches of that chaotic life and my life was in shambles.  I am a mom to 3 other grown children and a wife, but those were all put on the back burner so I could attend to her. My life was consumed with her. Her mess was my mess, her bad decisions seemed like my bad decisions, her bad days were my bad days. Her life was out of control and my life was at an all-time high with trying to fix her. […]