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Recovery Tips: How to Re-Learn Trusting Yourself and to Follow Your Gut Instincts

By | 2017-08-01T18:18:52+00:00 July 11th, 2017|

When you're addicted to a substance, your mind is physically re-wired to make drug-seeking choices for you. If both your mind and your body say “go for it!” there isn’t a whole lot you can do when you’re addicted. But when it comes to recovery, you learn how to ignore those signals – that addicted monkey on your shoulder. And true, it takes a long time to hush that voice in your head telling you to use again. In fact, some people will hear it for the rest of their lives. Eventually though, you’ll come [...]

7 Recovery Apps You Should Consider Downloading

By | 2017-07-05T16:51:09+00:00 July 10th, 2017|

One of the hardest things about recovering from a substance use disorder is maintaining motivation. An integral part of every successful recovery, staying motivated can come from regularly checking in with a support group, frequently engaging with a sponsor, channeling in to a higher power, or even being held accountable by a friend or loved one. And thanks to rapid technological advancement, the process of maintaining motivation during the addiction recovery process is becoming easier every day. Addiction recovery mobile apps, for example, let you take your most effective motivation tool with you wherever you [...]

How Increasing Liquor Tax Can Decrease Drunk Driving

By | 2017-06-08T06:23:48+00:00 June 19th, 2017|

Drunk driving killed an estimated 28 people a day in 2015. In total, about 300,000 people get behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol every single day. A grand total of 28.7 million people drove drunk in 2013, or about 1 in 12 Americans. Getting a DUI is a decent deterrent to driving drunk, as it punishes people harshly for putting themselves and everyone around them at risk. People who get a DUI may face jail time, revocation of their driver’s license, and steep fines for their actions. Yet those [...]

The Opioid Risk Tool (ORT) is a useful way to monitor opioid risk assessment.

By | 2017-11-09T20:33:42+00:00 June 14th, 2017|

The Opioid Risk Tool (ORT) is a Useful Way to Monitor Opioid Risk Assessment Fortunately, new tools like the Opioid Risk Tool have helped to monitor the risk for opioid addiction. There’s no denying that the opioid problem in our country has gotten out of hand. Before we discuss the tool, what it is, and how it works, let’s talk about the opioid epidemic. Some say that it’s gotten out of control, and experts believe that to be true. However, with the right intervention, it may be possible to change directions. In fact, this [...]

Mindfulness as a Step Toward Sobriety

By | 2017-05-12T16:31:54+00:00 May 12th, 2017|

Mindfulness, which includes a collection of practices designed to slow down your thoughts and cultivate your awareness, can help you get to the next phase of your recovery journey. No matter where you are on the march toward sobriety, mindfulness could be the magic key that gets you a little bit further just a little bit faster. What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness entails becoming consciously aware of your thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and the world around you. Most of the time, we feel like our thoughts happen to us; mindfulness helps you master control over these [...]

Say These Things in the Mirror Every Day for a Week to Change Your Life

By | 2017-03-23T17:01:32+00:00 December 24th, 2016|

“The fact is that others don’t have to love you for you to love yourself. You must start with an acceptance of yourself. Accept your fallibility; accept that you aren’t perfect and will make mistakes. Accept that you must forgive yourself for past mistakes, while at the same time accepting responsibility for them.” ~Drs. Brian F. Shaw, Phd, Paul Ritvo, Phd, and Jane Irvine DPhil, Addiction and Recovery for Dummies One of the biggest lies perpetuated by the disease of addiction is that a person struggling with substance abuse and somehow flawed, broken, or unworthy [...]

Nutritional and Diet Changes That Really Do Support Detox and Recovery

By | 2017-03-23T17:01:37+00:00 December 16th, 2016|

“Although we all eat, few really think about what we are eating and what it can do to our bodies. We rely on very incomplete, simplistic, and often incorrect bits of nutritional “knowledge” in making our food choices, and we expect our bodies to cope with whatever we give them. In recovery, this kind of behavior simply doesn’t cut it.” ~Dr. Joseph D. Beasley, MD, and Susan Knightly, Food for Recovery: The Complete Nutritional Companion for Recovering from Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, and Eating Disorders One important element of healing from addiction and a successful return [...]

Safely Navigating Holiday Sobriety Pitfalls

By | 2017-03-23T17:01:47+00:00 December 6th, 2016|

“I don’t know if there’ll be snow, but have a cup of cheer…” ~Burl Ives, “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” Maintaining your sobriety is always a challenge, never more so than during the end-of-year holidays – the gauntlet between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. A person in recovery from alcoholism or drug abuse must be constantly vigilant if they are to make it through the season without a slip or a relapse. Why Is It So Difficult to Remain Sober during the Holidays? At any time of year, maintaining one’s sobriety takes planning and discipline. [...]

Top 10 Most Inspirational Recovery Blogs That You’ll Want to Subscribe To

By | 2017-03-23T17:09:27+00:00 October 9th, 2016|

When you are recovering from any substance abuse disorder, it can be difficult to stay motivated. Addiction temporarily robs you of your ability to feel any positive emotion, so you often need to look outside yourself to find strength and inspiration. Here are some excellent recovery blogs and writers that can be invaluable resources when you want and need new insight in the nature of the disease of addiction and how best to overcome it. #1—Cathy Taughinbaugh Cathy Taughinbaugh struggled with the reality of substance abuse within her own family, and she found both healing [...]

28 Recovery Quotes That Will Make Your Day

By | 2016-06-10T02:49:07+00:00 June 19th, 2016|

Recovery from any substance abuse disorder – whether it is alcoholism or drug addiction – requires both a physical and a mental commitment. Physical, because recovery requires abstinence from any intoxicating substances. Mental, because you have to put yourself in the right state of mind in order for the recovery to be successful and long-lasting. To help with that, here are some quotes that can make the journey of recovery less wearisome. Use them for inspiration, motivation, and validation whenever you are feeling tempted or overwhelmed. Recovery Quotes about Hope “Just when the caterpillar thought [...]

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