A Closer Look at the Four Agreements

Spiritual coaching in addiction treatment

So much of our suffering is completely unnecessary. From an early age, we take on ways of thinking that create a useless burden, which traps us in a constant state of sadness and anxiety. We make assumptions, we harbor ill will toward others at our own peril and we worry about things we can’t control. Suffering is part of life, but there’s a better path available to those to seek it. Spiritual coaching in addiction treatment helps a person see things for what they are and let go of the suffering that keeps them from living full, engaged lives. The […]

Why Language Matters with Addiction

Why Language Matters with Addiction

Words carry incredible power. We rarely think about the many hidden meanings of the words we use to describe others, particularly when it comes to addiction. It’s important to understand that there are reasons addiction professionals choose their words carefully. The medical community has come to understand addiction as a disease, not a moral failing. However, the language people have been using for years places judgments on someone with a substance use disorder. It’s easy to dismiss the preferred language of addiction professionals as another politically correct movement, but it’s vital that we understand why language matters with addiction. Outdated […]

What is Aftercare Monitoring in Addiction Treatment?

aftercare monitoring in addiction treatment

Aftercare monitoring in addiction treatment is a bridge from residential programs to a substance-free life. After months of learning the tools you’ll need in recovery, aftercare monitoring teaches you to integrate these lessons into your daily routine. The longer a person with a substance use disorder has access to help, the greater their chances of staying the path. Aftercare monitoring gives you the resources you’ll need to stay accountable to your program and stay true to your mission of living substance-free. What Does Aftercare Monitoring Mean? Aftercare monitoring is a program designed to help you thrive in recovery after completing […]

Finding Peace After Addiction

Finding Peace After Addiction

When you free yourself from the burden of substance use, you make room for the greatest pleasures that life can offer. Finding peace after addiction is a journey, but it’s well worth the effort. If you believe that you can’t live substance-free, then consider the fact that drugs and alcohol might be the source of your problems rather than the solution to them. One brief anecdote perfectly illustrates this crucial lesson… The Cobra Effect When the British controlled colonial India, the governor faced an emergency in Delhi. The territory was overrun by cobras, and the snakes were posing a fatal […]

A Guide to Self-Discovery Through Addiction Recovery

Addiction Recovery

Substances mask our problems. They also numb us to some of life’s greatest joys. When people with a history of substance misuse remove the barrier of drugs or alcohol, they begin the journey of experiencing richer, fuller lives. Through addiction recovery, you learn so many things about yourself, including how strong you are, interests you never knew you had and what it feels like to be truly present. Like recovery itself, self-discovery is a process. After the first few days or weeks of treatment, you will experience thoughts and emotions that seem foreign. You benefit from knowing what to expect […]

Overcoming Depression in Addiction Recovery

Overcoming Depression in Recovery

Mental illnesses and addiction tend to go hand in hand. Sometimes, people begin using in order to numb their emotions and other symptoms of a mood disorder. In other cases, they develop mental health problems over the course of several years of active addiction. Even those without a formal diagnosis of depression may feel a mood drop in the weeks after rehab. The question of which comes first – depression or addiction – therefore is of less importance than one may believe. Regardless of where your journey with recovery and mental health began, it’s vital that you’re able to manage these intense […]

10 Steps to Self-Improvement in Recovery

Self-Improvement in Addiction Recovery

Self-Improvement in Addiction Recovery Whether you’re new to recovery or have several years of sobriety under your belt, there’s always room for self-improvement. Today’s suggestions come from the work of Marty Nemko, Ph.D., career coach and bestselling author of How to Do Life. His advice focuses on the general population, but we thought it would be beneficial to apply these principles to growing in recovery.   1. Put in the time. Above all else, we recommend that you dedicate time to the areas you wish to improve in. If you’re feeling stale in your sobriety, instead of abandoning your meetings […]

When Getting Sober Reveals Another Illness

Health in Addiction Recovery

While getting sober is often touted as the solution to all your problems, it’s not a magic bullet. As you grow accustomed to repairing relationships and waking up hangover-free, you may think that nothing could ever go wrong. In spite of the numerous benefits of recovery, everyone will eventually experience some sort of difficulty with their physical and emotional health. As your body recovers from prolonged drug and alcohol misuse, it’s not uncommon to start noticing some issues. Below, we explain what to be on the lookout for, as well as what to do when you uncover maladies associated with […]