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Being Prepared—The Relapse Prevention Plan

Relapse is part of recovery but it doesn’t always have to be part of your story. Being prepared with a relapse prevention plan will help guide you through those difficult times when the cravings are strong. Relapse is not necessarily a one-time event but more of a gradual process. The stages of relapse can beginRead More

The Twelve Steps, Explained

Alcoholics Anonymous has been helping people stay sober for more than 80 years! The foundation of AA focuses on community, service, and the 12-Steps of recovery. You may be thinking to yourself: what are these 12 steps? Great question! The 12-Steps of AA is the spiritual foundation for recovery from addiction. While the steps areRead More

What is Codependency?

One word you will hear repeatedly in recovery is codependency. Many people, especially addicts, find themselves in a repeated pattern of unhealthy relationships despite a desire to want to change. Without proper treatment, this behavior may go on for years. Codependency means having an emotional or psychological reliance on someone else. While the “someone else”Read More

Steps on How to Work Through Fear

Fear can be a paralyzing emotion if we don’t have the proper tools to work through the feeling. As you start your recovery journey, you may find that sobriety brings up some buried fear—issues you had never even thought about and it takes a lot of courage to face it. While it may be easierRead More

What is Emotional Sobriety?

“Emotional sobriety” parallels the physical recovery of addiction but may not be fully understood by many. This concept is used in all areas of recovery, but it was coined and is a key concept in Alcoholics Anonymous  (AA). In AA, they teach that abstinence from a substance is not enough to achieve long-term sobriety. InRead More

Understanding What Recovery Means

There are many types of recovery but the overarching textbook definition is: restoration to a better, former, or healthier state from sickness. Even though there’s a lot of overlap between different recovery programs, we will focus on what recovery means for someone battling substance addiction here. According to the National Survey on Drug Use andRead More

What it Means to Peel Back the Layers

Congratulations! You are newly sober and now ready to take the next step in your recovery. Addiction recovery is a complex and multi-layered process that may take years to fully understand. As you plan for long-term sobriety, it’s important to educate yourself on the moving parts of recovery and how to maneuver through them. YouRead More

Emotions and Early Recovery

Congratulations on making your first step in recovery and deciding to get help! For some people, early recovery is a difficult and confusing time with extreme highs and lows. While it may seem impossible to handle at first, know that the emotional roller coaster will eventually stop and stabilize. We understand this part of theRead More

The “Am I an Alcoholic” Question

Alcohol is everywhere—it is embedded in our social life and is part of connecting with others. This “acceptance” of drinking is the reason why it may be difficult to determine whether someone simply drank too much or has a drinking problem. We understand if you are still questioning whether you have a problem, after all,Read More

Mindfulness and Addiction

While the term “mindfulness” may be new to you, it is important to note that people have been practicing it for thousands of years. Mindfulness is the practice of living in the present moment and paying attention to our thoughts, physical feelings, and environment without judging what is happening. Cultivating this present moment awareness takesRead More