Sobriety is challenging. Whether you’re just getting started, or you’ve been sober for years, staying sober can be hard. That’s why it’s important to have support—your own, and other people who are going through the same struggle as you are. Having a support system not only helps you stay sober; it also keeps you from falling back into old habits.
If you don’t have friends or family who understand what you’re going through, having supportive people in your life can make all the difference. Sobriety support groups are an excellent way to gain new friendships and peer support in a non-threatening setting. They can also help keep your sobriety grounded by giving you more reasons to stay clean and sober than just the challenge of maintaining recovery on your own. Here’s everything you need to know about these important resources.
After completing a successful drug rehab program, many people in recovery must face the real world. While it’s necessary to learn self-control and live a sober lifestyle, many people may relapse after leaving an alcohol or drug rehab center. To prevent this from happening, rehabilitation centers offer continued care programs for their clients. Drug rehabilitation programs in isolation can only help you with your addiction so much. Without continued care after treatment, your recovery may stagnate and you are more likely to fall back into old habits as soon as you leave the facility. Recovery is a process that takes time and continuing care after treatment is crucial to achieving lasting sobriety. Read on to learn more about continued care after drug treatment and how it can help you maintain sobriety long-term.
The ability to visualize things clearly is one of the most powerful tools available to anyone. In fact, visualization is so important that it’s been called the mind’s second sight. Just as a camera takes pictures to help you visualize something, your brain works a bit like a camera. It takes sensory information such as sights, sounds, and other stimuli and processes these into images that you can see and use for future reference. These mental images are called ‘visualizations’ – which is where the power of visualizing comes from! Visualization has proven benefits in just about every area of life. From education to psychology experiments, visualization has been repeatedly shown to help us understand problems more easily, retain information longer, be more productive, and make better decisions. That being said, visualization isn’t just useful in ordinary life; it can also be especially beneficial when it comes to overcoming mental challenges such as addiction.
When a family member battles addiction, their denial can be an exceptionally hard obstacle to overcome. It may seem like a hopeless situation, as attempting to persuade them to get help appears to be unfruitful. How can you make them understand the need for treatment if they won’t accept the issue in the first place? By understanding the mechanisms behind denial and being aware of what to say to a person in denial, you can make progress toward getting them the assistance they require.
The holidays can bring with them a multitude of joyous celebrations, delicious meals with friends and family, and a spike in relapse rates. This time of year is a challenge for many people who struggle to maintain their sobriety or deal with the emotional triggers that come with being home and surrounded by loved ones. This can make it that much harder for individuals who are recovering from addiction and trying to stay on track.
Winter can be a difficult time of year for many people living with seasonal depression. As the days get shorter and colder, it can be hard to keep motivated and stay on top of recovery. For those recovering from addiction, winter can present an even greater challenge. The combination of seasonal depression and sobriety (not to mention the holidays) can make the winter months seem especially daunting. However, it is possible to manage both seasonal depression and sobriety. You can beat the winter blues and stay sober through the cold months with the right coping strategies.
The first few weeks after you’ve completed a substance abuse program can be emotionally and physically challenging. Many of the things you’ve been doing for so long may seem bizarre and unnatural to you. However, as challenging as it may seem, staying structured is one of the most important things you can do in recovery. Without structure, your recovery is much more likely to be temporary and unstable. Here are some helpful tips on how to stay organized while in recovery from a substance use disorder.
Pets can be a source of tremendous comfort to people. When people feel loved and supported, they are more likely to recover from a substance use disorder. That’s why pet therapy programs exist – they offer pet owners an opportunity to provide care, compassion, and love to those who need it most. In today’s article, we will explore the benefits of pet therapy in recovery and how program participants may benefit from the experience.
Sober living isn’t just about abstaining from alcohol and other substances. It’s a lifestyle that encompasses many different aspects of your life. For example, it can help you make better decisions, keep you stress-free, and even improve your physical health. If you’re ready to start living an active sober lifestyle, read on for more information.
The Thanksgiving holiday is a time when friends and family come together to give thanks for all the wonderful things in their lives. But it also holds the potential to be a challenging time for anyone who struggles with alcohol addiction or any other type of substance use. If you are sober, staying that way during this holiday can be very difficult. Here are some tips on how to stay sober during the Thanksgiving holiday:
Sober living is challenging, especially when faced with all the free time that used to be occupied by substance use. Isolation is also a concern for people whose friend group was previously curated through addiction. Finding new hobbies and activities can be a great way to meet new people and keep your mind stimulated. This is why so many recovering addicts find that adding sober activities to their routine is beneficial in keeping them on the right path. These days, there are so many different ways that people in recovery can enrich their daily lives. Yoga is one such practice that the addiction recovery community has turned to as a constructive sober activity. Let’s discuss the benefits of yoga and some basic poses that you can try today!
In the age of technology, it’s become a lot easier to track your sobriety and manage your recovery plan with the advent of mobile apps. Below is a list of recovery-based apps that you can download on your smartphone to connect with a supportive community and meet your own treatment goals. Regardless of whether you are newly sober or established in your recovery, there is an app on this list for you! All of the applications are available on Android and Apple iOS. Prices are subject to change as of the writing of this article. Eudaimonia does not receive commissions on purchases and is not in a sponsorship agreement with any of the applications listed below.
Every person in addiction recovery will at some point experience cravings for a substance they are abstaining from. It’s natural. For some, these cravings are hard to ignore and unfortunately lead to a relapse of substance use. Urge surfing is a method of maintaining and coping with these cravings and preventing relapse. Let’s discuss how you can implement this practice into your recovery plan.
Step 9 of the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-Step program is all about making amends to the people you’ve hurt through your substance use. For many, this can be the most difficult and visceral step of the program. Which makes it all the more important in the recovery process. Not only is this step useful in helping you rebuild your relationships but it forces you to face the very real damage your substance use has caused. Let’s discuss some tips on reaching out and composing apologies to the people in your life you wish to make amends with.
As the season of parties and social gatherings approaches, you may want to consider some sober alternatives to toasting with friends and family. But what are the options out there, and which one is right for you? Is it even okay to drink non-alcoholic beverages in recovery? We’ve got the answers for you.