How to Have a Sober New Year’s Eve

How to Have a Sober New Year’s Eve

We may see in television shows and movies that crowds celebrate New Year’s Eve by popping champagne when the ball drops and drinking other alcoholic drinks before the year is over. But what if you were an alcoholic and are trying to quit? It is important to know that you do not need alcohol in…

Redefining Fun During the Holiday Season

Redefining Fun During the Holiday Season

When we think of the holidays, many of us picture parties and special events full of drinking. It’s hard for us to think of celebration or fun without drugs and alcohol. When we are in recovery, getting through the holidays successfully, and actually enjoying them, means creating new associations and finding new sources of enjoyment.…

Coping with Loneliness

Coping with Loneliness

Loneliness is one of the emotions we associate with negativity. We don’t want to feel it, so we reject it and do whatever we can not to have to feel it. For many of us, it can be a driving factor behind our addictions. We’re afraid to be lonely, so we distract ourselves with dating…

The Importance of Hope

The Importance of Hope

Living with addiction can mean going through times where we struggle so much that we give up hope. We lose our ability to see a future for ourselves with joy, faith and optimism. Giving up hope can be a sign we’ve fallen into depression. It also makes us more susceptible to letting our addictions totally…

The Things We Have to Leave Behind

The Things We Have to Leave Behind

Healing from our addictions and mental health issues requires that we make certain sacrifices and leave certain things behind. It can be a huge challenge, and it can feel like an uncomfortable and painful process full of growing pains and discomfort. There will be some things for which we’ll have to undergo a grieving process.…

Taking Moral Inventory of Ourselves

Taking Moral Inventory of Ourselves

One of the most popular and effective approaches to addiction recovery is the Twelve Step program, originally created as the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous that is now used by multiple addiction programs around the world. It can be hugely helpful to follow the guidance of the steps, and one of the most powerful ones…

Regaining our Power

Regaining our Power

As we move through our recovery, there are various processes we have to go through in order to feel totally healed. Even if we’re able to abstain from our addictive substances and behaviors for a time, we don’t feel fully recovered if we still feel like they hold power over us. One of the first…