Category: sober

Can I Become Independent in My Sobriety

Can I Become Independent in My Sobriety?

Substance use can be all-consuming. Before we realize it, our entire lives revolve around obtaining our substance of choice, and the next chance we will have to use it. Beginning our recovery journey can feel amazing, just to be free …

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Staying Sober When Times are Tough

Staying Sober When Times are Tough

Achieving sobriety is a huge accomplishment. Succeeding in recovery is even more impressive. Doing those things when everything is normal in the world is truly something to be proud of. But what about when there are personal trials? What about …

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Staying sober in San Diego

Staying sober in San Diego

Staying sober in San Diego, like anywhere else in the world, is becoming more difficult every year. The US attorney’s office in the Southern District of California has released two high-profile cases to the public recently. In each, the defendants …

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Structure in the Recovery Process

Structure

A theme many of our residents have been discussing over the past few months is the positive effect structure has had on their recovery. At AToN, our residents have a daily schedule, which is filled with recovery based activities. Many …

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Tips for Staying Sober During the Holidays

Tips for Staying Sober During the Holidays

One of the joyous aspects about recovery is that you get to redesign your life in a way that beings you the most peace and happiness.  The holiday season can throw a lot of wrenches into the works and we …

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Sobriety Through the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be fraught with pitfalls and anxiety for the newly sober person.  Suddenly holidays may seem depressing or even frightening.  “How do I go to my holiday work party and stay sober?”  “How do I spend time …

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Independence Day and Sobriety

Planning for the 4th of July… We all know how many freedoms were lost in the past due to drinking alcohol and using drugs. Just as our Nation fought for our individual freedoms, you have fought to win your freedom …

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The Big Change

Often in my work with clients at the AToN center it starts to dawn upon them that sobriety is more than just “not drinking or using.”  Initially, many people believe that they will be able to live the exact same …

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Food for the Soul

Sometimes we can look at addiction from the perspective of feeding something that is in us,  a need, a desire, a craving…  Learning to feed ourselves in a way that is nourishing and healthy can be a difficult task in …

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Imagine Sobriety

There is a fascinating phenomenon I often observe in clients at the AToN Center as they progress in their drug and alcohol treatment in California. Often our residents have been using drugs or drinking for such a long period of …

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