Taking the Road Less Traveled

Taking the Road Less Traveled

There are many paths that we may take in life, some intentional, and others that we end up on because of other choices we made. The road to substance use is most likely one of the latter for most of us. Once we are on this path, we can either make a sharp turn to […]

How Can We Feed Our Recovery?

How Can We Feed Our Recovery?

Recovery is all about stopping substance use, right? Actually, recovery is about healing holistically—mind, body, and soul—not simply abstaining from substances. Within our recovery, we will address all aspects of our being, and learn new tools and habits to become healthy overall. Physical health is an important aspect, but as we remove harmful substances from […]

Why Is Sleep So Important in Healing?

Why Is Sleep So Important in Healing?

Substance use takes its toll on our bodies in so many ways. But one of the things that impact us as much mentally as it does physically is sleep dysfunction. From the absolutely frustrating and mentally taxing insomnia to being unable to wake up for anything or anyone, and everything in between. Sleep dysfunction can […]

Mindfulness Meditation: The Workout for Your Brain

Mindfulness Meditation: The Workout for Your Brain

Many people have discovered the benefits of mindfulness meditation. It is a tool that is used by people who want to relax or get clarity, and it is a tool used by people with mental health issues, and everyone in between. For those of us who are recovering from addiction, mindfulness meditation has the added […]

Destigmatizing Substance Use

Destigmatizing Substance Use

There is something about human nature that makes us judge everything. That tastes good. That tastes bad. He/she/they look amazing. I look awful. We compare and judge and create stigmas throughout our society. Beliefs such as celebrities have perfect lives. Or people who drink too much are losers. There is no middle ground, such as […]

Why Do I Feel Grief in Recovery?

Why Do I Feel Grief in Recovery?

Absolutely, we made the right decision in choosing recovery. Our lives were in shambles, and we were barely functioning the way we were. Yet now we are conflicted, feeling down and longing for our substance-use days, or at least the people and places. We feel a sense of loss as if part of us is […]

What Is Emotional Sobriety?

What Is Emotional Sobriety?

Substance use has a way of making us realize that we need treatment, that sobriety becomes necessary. There are behaviors and consequences that become apparent to others, if not ourselves directly. However, have we considered that we may also need emotional sobriety? What is emotional sobriety? The ability to feel and experience emotions that are […]

The Power of Effective Communication

Messages sending mixed you are? No, that is not a quote from Yoda, it should read “Are you sending mixed messages?” There are so many things that we do without even knowing which impact our communication with others. Particularly during substance use, we may have developed a style of communication that is unhealthy and ineffective. […]

How Can I Cope with Cravings?

How Can I Cope with Cravings?

Seeking treatment for substance use can be a very difficult decision. Once we have made our commitment to ourselves, we are on the recovery path. Now we have a new challenge: cravings. We want to maintain our recovery, but how can we cope with cravings? What Are Cravings? Most people have experienced a craving for […]

How Can I Set Boundaries in My Life?

How Can I Set Boundaries in My Life?

There are those in our lives who are well-meaning, but always seem to try to take care of us, to make excuses for our behaviors, and enable our substance use. There are others who are always angry with us and judge us and belittle us. Then there are still others who treat us every which […]