Man and woman use jogging as a method for how to stay sober

How to Stay Sober

One of the biggest misconceptions about alcohol abuse is that getting sober is the toughest part of the process. It isn’t. Once rehab is complete, a lifelong journey of staying sober begins. A quality treatment program will not only provide assistance with getting sober, but it also teaches techniques on how to stay sober as…

How Can I Use Mindfulness to Work with my Sadness?

How Can I Use Mindfulness to Work with my Sadness?

Sadness is a natural, common human emotion, and those of us living with addiction and mental health issues are no strangers to it. We experience sadness from the pain of our traumatic experiences, from our relationships, from the losses we’ve sustained. Learning to work with our sadness consciously and mindfully enables us to move through…

How Can I Reconnect with My Inner Self?

How Can I Reconnect with My Inner Self?

Addiction can harden us and make us lose our connection to our inner selves. We can struggle to hear the voice of our intuition. We can lose our compassion and kindness. We can lose the understanding, acceptance and patience we once had with ourselves and others. We can become cynical, negative, bitter and resentful. We…

Why is Addiction Stigmatized?

Why is Addiction Stigmatized?

Many of us struggling with addiction have at one time or another been confronted with all of the stigmas around addiction and the negative stereotypes about addicts. We ourselves may have been negatively stereotyped, judged, ridiculed or rejected because of our struggle with addiction. With addiction so common and widespread, why is it still so…

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…

How Can We Learn from Our Patterns?

How Can We Learn from Our Patterns?

Many of us have a way of repeating our patterns unconsciously without realizing it. We perpetuate toxic and self-destructive patterns in recurring cycles. Our issues repeat themselves until we’re able to learn from them. Until we realize this, we tend to blame our issues on other people, or we feel victimized by life, powerless to…