Staying Sober and Serene During the Holidays

Staying Sober and Serene During the Holidays

The idea of staying sober, much less serene during the holidays, may be foreign to you if you’re a person new to recovery. Many people in America have trouble with the holiday season. Some people feel left out because they have roots that have nothing to do with the...
Celebrate Your Recovery Victories, Even the Small Ones

Celebrate Your Recovery Victories, Even the Small Ones

During active addiction, there wasn’t a lot to celebrate. Recovery can also have its ups and downs. Nobody recovers from addiction miraculously overnight, and life without the use of drugs or alcohol will take some getting used to. Your body is still getting adjusting...
Addiction and Recovery Myths

Addiction and Recovery Myths

In the media, people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol are often portrayed in stereotypical and destructive ways. In television and movies, addiction itself is characterized as quirky or evil, with the common theme that once you’re addicted, there is no other way...
Coping with Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)

Coping with Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)

Not everyone is aware of it, but there is usually more than one stage of withdrawal when a person gets clean and sober. The first stage, which is short-term, is called acute. It usually lasts a few days to a few weeks and it’s often intense. The second stage of...
Substance Use Disorder? Support for Family & Loved Ones

Substance Use Disorder? Support for Family & Loved Ones

In recovery from addiction, family members often push a person with a substance use disorder to get clean. They’re often buoyed by the excitement when their loved one enters a treatment center to have a fresh start. However, treatment is where recovery begins, not...
Managing Anger in Recovery

Managing Anger in Recovery

In the world today, there are a lot of things to be angry about. Or are there? Why is anger such a part of everyday life? For people in recovery, it can be a dangerous or toxic emotion. Anger is shown on tv more often that sadness or happiness. On police dramas and...