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Building Better Sleep Habits in Recovery

Addiction and poor sleep are bedfellows for several reasons. Prior to recovery, you may have relied on alcohol or drugs to lull you to sleep. Substance use disorders have also been study-proven to interrupt your sleep-wake cycles, making it harder to drift off and stay asleep throughout the night. People in...

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Spring Cleaning for Your Mental Health

When we think of spring cleaning, we picture organizing drawers and closets or prepping our yards — but what about clearing our mental and emotional space? Just as it can feel cathartic to dust and declutter your home, a mental spring cleaning can provide a sense of relief as well...

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Perfectionism in Early Recovery

While it’s perfectly healthy to strive to do your best, searching for perfection is a surefire way to sabotage your recovery. After all, one of the gifts of recovery is knowing that some days you might mess up, and that's alright because we're trying. This is the gist behind the...

Patience in Addiction Recovery

It’s normal to want things to happen immediately – after all, smartphones have made us accustomed to instant gratification with just one click of a button. What’s more, when you’re in active addiction, you become used to a cycle of wanting and quickly scoring your drug of choice. This type...

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Three Phases of Relapse

As with any chronic disease, relapse is a reality. In fact, roughly 40 to 60 percent of people who complete addiction treatment will relapse, especially within the first crucial year. This is why so many drug rehabs make relapse prevention a top priority. Relapse is complicated — and it can...

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Reasons to Curb Caffeine During Recovery

Whether your go-to beverage is coffee, diet coke or energy drinks, too much caffeine consumption can be harmful to your recovery. Believe it or not, caffeine is the world’s most common mood-altering drug. It increases your mental-emotional stress by generating a soar-and-crash effect – and it can even turn into...

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Simple Daily Habits to Ensure a “Happy New Year” 

When you’re in recovery, you make resolutions each day as you work to replace the self-destructive bad habits of active addiction with healthier, pro-sobriety ones. But which daily habits will really make you happy and ensure that 2019 is filled with sobriety, success, joy and fulfillment? Here are some ideas...

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What You Need to Know About Quitting Alcohol Alone

Especially for people with an alcohol use disorder, quitting alcohol alone is never a smart choice. This is because stopping cold turkey can lead to serious withdrawal symptoms, including delirium tremens, or the DTs. Alcohol has what’s called a depressive effect. This means it slows your brain function and alters the...

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Helping Your Family Help You This Holiday Season

The holidays are filled with joy – but there can be stress, too. To safeguard your sobriety this season you’ll need the support of your friends and family more than ever – but how can you ensure that they help (not hurt) your recovery efforts? It may sound simple, but...

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Helping Yourself After Relapse

Relapse is frustrating and humiliating and it can leave you wanting to just throw in the towel and give up on your recovery. Take heart: You can find comfort in the fact that relapse is common. In fact, it impacts a whopping 40 to 60 percent of people in addiction...