The Stigma Of Addiction: How Do I Break It?

The Stigma Of Addiction: How Do I Break It?

Addiction, Recovery Tips
What is Alcoholism? In 1956, alcoholism was classified as a disease by the American Medical Association. The definition of a disease is “a quality, habit, or disposition regarded as adversely affecting a person or a group of people.” The AMA’s conclusion is fitting to say the least. Today, alcoholism is a part of a much larger epidemic - the disease of addiction. Unlike physical ailments, alcohol addiction has become a serious societal issue, one plagued by stigmas and stereotypes. People often say, “Addicts are weak, they just need to toughen up and quit,” or, “Addicts are liars, burnouts and waste of space,” and “Addicts are bad people and criminals.” All too often these types of judgmental statements are spoken. The purpose of this article is to give the reader a glimpse…
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Dealing With Emotions In Early Sobriety

Dealing With Emotions In Early Sobriety

Addiction, Recovery Tips
Early Recovery Can Be Hard Early recovery is the beginning stages of the recovery process. Typically lasting at least through the first 90 days, early recovery is an emotional challenge as addicts navigate life without drugs or alcohol. Although everyone’s early recovery experience is unique, for most this readjustment period allows people to restart their lives, building a better, healthier and sober way of living. Early recovery can feel like an emotional rollercoaster with all the ups and downs that can arise. This is not surprising for people that have felt numb for so long and can be extremely difficult on a day to day basis. That’s why emotional sobriety is also a key factor in early recovery. What is the definition of emotional sobriety? Emotional sobriety is the ability…
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5 Important Things To Do After Addiction Treatment

5 Important Things To Do After Addiction Treatment

Addiction, Recovery Tips
Many people attend detoxes, short-term and long-term addiction treatment centers. A common issue for clients exiting these facilities is a lack of a sound aftercare plan. This article is meant to address this issue and provide you with some tips on what to do when you have graduated from your treatment center in order to optimize your chances of success in recovery. Before we begin, and before even checking into a treatment center you should discuss in detail their practices regarding aftercare planning. Here is an article on what to look for in a treatment center. 1. Be Open To Feedback Not sure where to turn after treatment? Gather your resources, seek information and ask those around you. Sometimes what we think want and what is best for us are two very…
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10 Defeating Attitudes in Early Sobriety and How To Combat Them

10 Defeating Attitudes in Early Sobriety and How To Combat Them

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Getting sober is one of, if not the hardest thing that us addicts will ever have to do. The journey to long term recovery is a hard one, often bumpy and filled with difficult personal and emotional challenges. Here are some thoughts and belief systems that commonly come up for us amongst early sobriety to be aware of, watch out for, and discard when they creep in! 1. The Non Sober People Are More Fun Addicts in general, myself included spend our time trying to do WHATEVER we can to “feel good” in the moment.  Sometimes life is not going to feel good and that is when we do not know how to handle it. That being said, the guys and gals that are goofing off, not working on themselves…
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Addiction and Loneliness

Addiction and Loneliness

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If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction this article will cover a perspective proven through clinical studies that you must not miss. Society in general has led addicts to feel ashamed of the insidious affliction they suffer from. Addicts cause pain and confusion in themselves and anyone that truly deeply cares for them. What Does Loneliness Look Like? Loneliness may not be the same for everyone. The Huffington Post explains, “Being lonely is more of a state of mind and that state of loneliness can change on a dime if one so desires.” Loneliness in addiction can look like: Disconnection from others Little to no interest in relationships Feeling depressed and anxious Thinking there is no one to talk to Believing there is no hope Feeling…
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How to Travel Safely in Early Recovery

How to Travel Safely in Early Recovery

Recovery Tips
HOW TO TRAVEL SAFELY IN EARLY RECOVERY How to Avoid a Relapse for You or a Loved One Traveling during recovery is scary for many addicts making the changes necessary for a healthier lifestyle. You aren’t used to leaving the safe, comfortable environment you’ve build for yourself during this time. Your routine will have to be temporarily changed and there will likely be new challenges you face that wouldn’t happen at home, We’ve created a guide for those looking to still enjoy life and all that it has to offer while staying sober. Here are our tips on traveling safely in early recovery: Use a Sober Companion if Possible A close friend of mines grandfather just passed away. He is early in recovery and known to relapse every time he…
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5 Healthy Beliefs to Increase Your Chances of Staying Sober

5 Healthy Beliefs to Increase Your Chances of Staying Sober

Recovery Tips
Getting sober, or breaking any addiction for that matter, is the most challenging thing a person will ever have to do. The overwhelming compulsion to numb out by using substances is among the most powerful thoughts we will ever face. Most addicts, including myself, end up feeling hopeless and trapped with no way out. If you would have asked me seven years ago if my life would have rocketed into the amazing life that it is today, I would have said that it was ‘impossible’ or told you t‘you’re crazy’. Nonetheless, here are some belief systems I adopted early in my own recovery (7 years ago) that helped me to get started on the right foot! If I keep existing (not living) the way I have been- I will continue…
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