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.
Step 10 of the 12-Step Program serves as a reminder that people in recovery are still human. They’re not perfect, and they’re going to make mistakes. Step 10 is a maintenance step. It asks that you watch for emotions that have the potential to trigger drug or alcohol abuse and make things right when you make a mistake.
After you make a list of the people you have wronged in Step 9, you’ll move on to Step 9 of the 12-Step Program, which is making direct or indirect amends. For many people, Step 9 is one of the most difficult of the 12 Steps because it’s hard to set things right, especially with those you’ve hurt in the past. However, as difficult as it is, this step is a vital part of the healing process.
Feelings of loneliness in sobriety may not seem like they have the potential to cause relapse, but they’re more powerful than you might think. Evidence from research studies shows loneliness is one of the psychological variables related to high-risk behavior like substance abuse. As a result, people in recovery may relapse when they feel lonely because they may be more likely to revert to old behaviors in moments of weakness
In treatment, people make personal lifestyle changes and gain skills and tools that help them sustain their sobriety. However, research studies have indicated several key factors will help them sustain their new sober lifestyle that’s sustainable and purpose-filled.
Certain behaviors, when repeated over and over, can prevent you from creating the best life for yourself after addiction. But sometimes, it feels impossible to change our behavior and do something different. In fact, we may not even realize how these harmful behaviors are affecting us and those around us.
Prescription opioids are commonly prescribed by dentists, doctors, and other medical professionals to help people manage pain. But what should you do if you’re in recovery and a doctor prescribes you painkillers
Table of contents1. You have more free time.2. You look healthier.3. You’re less forgetful.4. You have more money.5. You’re more productive.6. You are self-aware.7. Your physical health improves.8. You have healthy boundaries.9. Your relationships improve.10. You have real friends.11. You explore new hobbies.12. You’re less stressed and anxious.13. You make fewer apologies.14. You live longer.15. […]
Upon the completion of detox and rehab, individuals gradually transition into a “life of recovery.” That phrase is thrown around a lot, but what does it really mean? What should a life in recovery look like after rehab is over?
Substance abuse and addiction can take a toll on the way others view us and the way we view ourselves. In fact, drug abuse itself is often a symptom of low-self esteem and self-hate. Conversely, getting sober (and staying that way) is just as much a physical process as it is an emotional and psychological […]
Recovery is an ongoing process that doesn’t just happen in a day. Many people struggle with relapse, find their way back to treatment, and continue the work to become the best version of themselves before they achieve their ultimate goal of lasting sobriety. Sometimes relapse is a part of the recovery process but a pattern […]
Taking prescription medication in recovery from addiction can have both favorable and unfavorable consequences. While in some instances, prescription medication may be necessary to recover from surgery, to treat a diagnosed illness, or to improve your overall health and quality of life, they also have the potential to derail your recovery efforts. Taking prescription medication […]
A life of addiction causes so much pain, hurt, and grief, so sometimes its assumed that in recovery, everything will be different. While life in recovery is much more rewarding, it’s not always flowers and sunshine. In early recovery, people often experience a mixture of highs and lows as they gradually adjust to living a […]
Societal norms today tell us two major things about Valentine’s Day and how we should celebrate it: We should be in a long-standing, committed relationship. We should celebrate with wine or champagne. Neither of those things is true.
Updated on August 11th, 2020Completing detox and drug rehab is a big step in the recovery process, but it’s only the beginning. Continued care after inpatient rehab is also an essential part of treatment and a lasting lifestyle of sobriety.