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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

Fear and Addiction Tie Together

Fear is a common emotion and has a useful purpose of helping us respond to potentially dangerous situations. Too much or too little fear may have serious consequences on either side of the spectrum. Did you know that fear is a factor in addiction? That may or may not surprise you. We have found thatRead More

Remember Just for Today

At the beginning of almost every recovery story lies the fear of never using again. Recovery from addiction is an ongoing process taken step-by-step, or as they say in Alcoholics Anonymous, one day at at time. While it may feel impossible to achieve and maintain sobriety, remember that any big goal is accomplished in small,Read More

Alternatives to a 12-Step Recovery

While most recovery programs use the 12-steps emphatically as part of a treatment plan, there are several alternatives to this traditional approach. A recovery program is essential to your success in sobriety. Choosing the right one for you is critical and we are here to help you.   You may be asking why do mostRead More

Addiction and the LGBT Community

While members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transexual) community have always been a part of our society, their prominence and publicity have increased significantly over the last decade. Once a potentially tricky social issue, sexual orientation is nothing to be ashamed of and something an individual can be open and proud of withRead More