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How Isolation Affects Recovery

Isolation can be detrimental to your recovery, causing urges and potential relapse. If you have read about or created your own relapse prevention plan, you will commonly find that one of the tips is to be around others. This is because isolation can cause you to feel anxious, depressed, and hopeless in your sobriety. IsolationRead More

Maintaining Recovery During the Holidays

Maintaining your sobriety and keeping up with self-care and healthy coping skills are all part of the daily recovery process. Some days are harder than others, so it can be helpful to prepare a proactive plan to guide you through a potentially difficult time. The holiday season can be a difficult one to navigate ifRead More

Recovering with a Dual Diagnosis

It’s not uncommon for someone with a substance use disorder to have a co-occurring mental illness. In fact, the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that about 9.2 million adults had a mental illness and a co-occurring substance use disorder. The critical thing to know is that treatment is available for bothRead More

Recognize and Accept Your Emotions

Many people tend to push their emotions away. They think that if they can separate themselves from what they are feeling as best as possible, then a difficult situation won’t be able to impact them negatively. This method can cause more harm than good, however. The more you understand your emotions, the more likely youRead More

Finding Comfort in Friendships

Addiction and mental illness can leave you feeling isolated. It is important to fight the intense feelings that are pushing you to isolate yourself and find support in healthy relationships every once in a while. Instead of attending a large gathering, we encourage you to seek out genuine connections. Find a quiet coffee shop toRead More

When Walking Away Is the Way to Go

It can be difficult to make the choice to walk away from something that you have been doing for so long. You find comfort in routine, so coming to terms with the thought that your routine may not be a healthy one can be hard. Throw in the societal pressures you face when you’re contemplatingRead More

Stop Juggling and Be Mindful

As women, we are often masters at juggling our responsibilities. We are such masters, in fact, that others take notice, marvel at our skills, and begin tossing us object after object. The problem is that we were juggling four objects to begin with. Now that they tossed a fifth and sixth object into the mix,Read More

Give Yourself Permission to Ask for Help

A huge part of your recovery is giving yourself permission to ask for help. You don’t have to grip tightly through your troubles on your own. Loosen your grip and allow yourself to reach out for help. Strength isn’t about doing things on your own. It’s about knowing when you can’t do it all onRead More

Seek Value in the Now

To live a more fulfilled recovery, you must seek value in the now. If you find yourself living in the past or future, you’re missing out on what the present moment has to offer. The present moment is unique; there is no moment like it. This is because every moment is its own. It onlyRead More

Fighting Frustration

No one’s recovery from substance use is free from frustration. You’re going to come across things that you can’t change, no matter how hard you try. You can either let these things get you down and ruin your day or you can use your frustration as motivation to make change where you can. Fighting frustrationRead More