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Jul 2017
Emotional Sobriety

Emotional sobriety is a state of well-being that the recovering addict can attain beyond physical sobriety. For an addict, abstinence from drugs and alcohol is only the first milestone. When the addict is able to consistently abstain from using substances, the second challenge is learning how to avoid relapse by managing emotions and feelings. If one achieves physical sobriety, yet never makes an attempt to work on managing their emotions, relapse is likely to happen.  In active addiction, the addict used alcohol or drugs as a defense mechanism to mask and ignore feelings instead of learning how to cope with painful realities. Emotional sobriety deals with living life on life’s Read more

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May 2017
How to Improve Concentration and Focus in Your Life

I’ve sometimes wondered – and others have asked – if I have a form of ADD or ADHD. I have a very hard time sitting still, and not a moment goes by in the day when I’m not doing something, playing with something, reading something, or fiddling with something. I’m not a smoker, but I can see why the oral fixation and the need to have something in your hands can be so hard to deal with. I have a hard time staying focused on anything, so I had to actually find ways how to improve concentration in order for me to be an effective writer, teacher, runner, and martial Read more

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Feb 2017
Living a Sober Life: 15 Healthy Steps

Living a sober life is about more than just quitting drinking or using. It’s about cultivating a healthy lifestyle and healthier coping mechanisms. You’ll be so emotionally, mentally and physically at peace that the desire to drink or use will no exist. Here are 15 ways you can do so.   1. Meditate for 20 minutes every day. Studies have shown this can prevent relapse. Researchers at the University of Washington studied 286 people who had successfully completed a substance abuse treatment program, and randomly assigned them to one of three groups: mindfulness meditation, a 12-step program, and a traditional relapse-prevention program. They found a treatment program that incorporates mindfulness meditation Read more

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22
Feb 2017
Guidance – A Daily Reflection

. . . this means a belief in a Creator who is all power, justice, and love; a God who intends for me a purpose, a meaning, and a destiny to grow, however . . . haltingly, toward His own likeness and image. — AS BILL SEES IT, p. 51 As I began to understand my own powerlessness and my dependence on God, as I understand Him, I began to see that there was a life which, if I could have it, I would have chosen for myself from the beginning. It is through the continuing work of the Steps and the life in the Fellowship that I’ve learned to Read more

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20
Feb 2017
Spiritual Recovery After Active Drug & Alcohol Addiction

Spirituality is an essential part of the addicts life, and it is often neglected in active addiction. During active addiction, the addict uses substances to fill up the emptiness felt in the soul. The program of recovery helps the addict discover why they are abusing substances and replace addiction with healthy, productive ways to fill up the spirit. Spirituality is not necessarily about any particular religion – it can be about believing in something bigger than you or it can be about personal well-being and personal development. However you think about spirituality, it is an important part of your recovery. SUGGESTIONS to heal spiritually: If you attended a particular church or believed in a particular Read more

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Feb 2017
Healing the Mind in Recovery

Your mind is just as important as your body, and it is be severely damaged by drug and alcohol addiction. Recovering addicts often have low depression, self-esteem, guilt, shame, and anxiety. They are also prone to cravings to return to their old habits. In active addiction, the addict uses substances to cope with life problems, emotions and other issues. In recovery, the addict needs to learn to use other coping skills to deal with life. There are a lot of things the addict can do to help heal the mind after an addiction. A few solutions to work on these issues: Self-esteem – You can improve your self-esteem by changing negative thoughts about yourself. When Read more

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Feb 2017
Healing the Body in Recovery

Healing the Physical Body After Active Drug and Alcohol Addiction Alcohol and drug addiction is extremely harsh and toxic on the body, mind and spirit. It is important to know that recovery does not happen over night. Arresting the disease and habitual addiction is only the first phase of recovery. A wonderful beginning, but there is much recovery ahead so remember to be patient and loving to yourself. This is the time for the addicted person to find new ways to heal in body, mind and spirit from all the pain, anxiety, and toxicity of addiction. New healthy permanent behaviors must be formed. Through working a 12-step program with your sponsor, mentor or therapist, the addicted Read more

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Jan 2017
Progress Not Perfection in Recovery From Alcohol Addiction

In meetings I often hear people say “progress not perfection.” This was a foreign concept to me. I had always thought that if I was just good enough and did all the right things, then I would be right with God. I have come to understand that as long as I am heading in the right direction, God makes up for all my shortcomings. What Does “Progress Not Perfection” Mean? When we go to alcohol and drug recovery meetings, we are sure to hear the phrase “progress not perfection”. “Progress not perfection” means “practice makes perfect”, most of us have all heard that phrase. It’s a little saying that reminds us how to Read more

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Jan 2017
Writing in Recovery Heals Your Life

Writing in Recovery Heals Your Life Talking to a sponsor, a trusted friend, or in a group meeting, gives a great sense of relief and healing in recovery. Most people know that talking to another human being that actively listens and responds with care and concern is a wonderful help. We all need to be heard. Another, often overlooked, tool in recovery is writing. Free writing thoughts, feelings and emotions that swarm around in one’s head can be tamed by the act of writing them down on paper. The result is that the power is taken out of the problem when written down and a solution is born. Writing requires only a quiet place, Read more

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Jan 2017
SIGNS YOU ARE MAKING PROGRESS IN RECOVERY

MAKING PROGRESS IN RECOVERY FROM ALCOHOL ADDICTION Progress is crucial to the addiction recovery process; if you are not making progress in recovery, chances are you are actually slowly heading back toward relapse. So how do you know if you are truly making progress in recovery, especially when negative thinking can cloud how you perceive your own strengths? Here are some signs that indicate you are probably on the right track in your recovery. You are meeting your goals. Making realistic and obtainable goals that are tailored to your own recovery is essential to helping you progress—and letting you in on when you are progressing. Create a plan for your Read more

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