Springtime in the Austin area is in full swing, and now is the time to get out and enjoy everything that it has to offer. If this is your first ‘Sober Spring’ or you are in early recovery, it’s important to know that while it will be different than in the past, that doesn’t mean it will be any less exciting or eventful.
Planning a sober travel vacation can be a hectic and time-consuming process for those in recovery. It can add unnecessary stress and anxiety to what is supposed to be an otherwise pleasant experience.
Researchers have long wondered about the connection between unemployment and relapse. For decades, they’ve studied the connection and determined that unemployment and relapse rates are related. However, there are several different factors to consider and one doesn’t always cause the other.
Sleep deprivation and substance abuse problems are deeply interconnected. Just as misusing drugs can make it difficult to get good quality rest, withdrawing from addictive substances can have the same effect. Not only that, but not getting enough sleep in recovery can leave you more vulnerable to relapse.
The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, not just for people in recovery. And with stress being one of the main factors that increases the risk of relapse, it’s easy to see why relapse might be more common during the holidays.
The holidays can be a tricky time to be in recovery, especially if you’re newly sober. With more travel, pressure-filled social engagements with family and friends, and increased financial strain, all the stress can quickly build up and make you more susceptible to relapse.
Learning how to deal with drug and alcohol cravings is one of the biggest challenges you’ll likely face in the early stages of recovery. Although cravings can be powerful motivators for relapse, you don’t have to let them control your behavior, and there are effective ways to cope.
Watching a loved one relapse is extremely painful. Unfortunately, relapse happens sometimes. It’s normal to feel a wide range of emotions, such as anger, confusion, sadness, and hopelessness. Despite it being a challenging situation, there is still hope for your loved one. A relapse doesn’t mean they can’t fully recover from addiction.
Perhaps you’ve completed rehab, and now you’re starting to resume a normal life. Indeed, there are many more challenges to overcome. So, how do you cope with everyday challenges and emotions? What do you do if you feel an urge to use drugs or drink alcohol?
Not everyone will experience relapse in the same way, or at all! However, there are many harmful myths and ideas about relapse that are frequently spread and shared. Viewing these misconceptions as truth can be very damaging and may increase the likelihood that you’ll revert to a lifestyle of active addiction.
Updated on June 26th, 2020 After transitioning out of rehab and heading back home or into a sober living program, every individual in recovery will encounter several triggers that can cause a relapse. If you are currently in recovery, you’ve probably realized by now that there’s no way to avoid everything that may cause you […]
Every year, as the long summer days start changing to shorter, cooler fall days, many people experience a drop in their happiness. They feel more gloomy, unmotivated, and tend to overeat, stay inside, and isolate themselves. These symptoms are often a result of seasonal depression. Many Americans suffer from seasonal depression, called SAD or Seasonal […]
If you are in recovery from addiction and enrolled in a transitional housing program, you’re most likely fully aware that every day can be a challenge. Although your days in detox and rehab are over and you’re not actively abusing drugs and alcohol anymore, day-to-day life can still be filled with triggers, stressful occurrences, and […]
When you’re addicted to drugs or alcohol, any type of day is a good reason to get high or drunk. Whether you’re feeling low and you want to feel better, or you’re on top of the world and you want an extra boost, using is a quick fix. On the other hand, when you’re sober, […]
Unlike other chronic health conditions and diseases, people who suffer from addiction are often blamed for it. No one sets out to become addicted, but negative beliefs and attitudes about people with substance abuse disorders can create barriers like shame and fear that can keep people from getting help and living a fully sober and […]