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Dealing with impulsive behavior can be a difficult thing. Everyone has these moments, though. You eat that extra piece of cake because your sweet tooth tells you to, or you may buy something just for the heck of it. We all do these things occasionally. Occasionally is the keyword here. Some people, however, cannot controlRead More

7 Days Of Self-Love

February is the time for love. We outwardly show our love and appreciation for others by buying flowers and chocolate and making extravagant plans. Do we do the same with ourselves? Self-love is just as important, even more important, maybe, as the love, we show other people. After all, you can’t pour from an emptyRead More

Vacation Time Doesn’t Mean A Break From Self-Care

Staying sober while on vacation can be difficult. Recovery is challenging, too. With these two things combined, you might be feeling the heavy weight of recovery on your shoulders. If you’re on vacation, you probably have a less-structured schedule than when you are at work or school during your “normal” life. Vacationing can also bringRead More

How Our Brains Are Rewired

Our brains are special things. They can be shaped and molded at any time because of so many different factors, by both good and bad and anything in between. Our experiences aren’t the only things that impact our brains, though. How we treated it — what we feed it and how we let it restRead More

Take Care Of Yourself By Using ABC PLEASE

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) is a type of therapy that helps to focus on the present moment. This form of mindfulness can help everyone, not just those with a mental illness or substance use disorder. Practicing mindfulness can help nurture your mental health by being fully present. One specific DBT skill is ABC PLEASE. ThisRead More

What Happens After A Relapse?

The days, weeks even, leading up to a relapse often follow the same steps: emotional, mental, and physical. In the emotional stage, you may feel some symptoms of depression or anxiety. In the mental stage, you may feel like you want to use, but you know you shouldn’t. In the physical stage, you have fallenRead More

The 3 Minds Of DBT

The present moment is vital in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). The practice of mindfulness is essential for anyone to implement, not just someone with a mental illness or substance use disorder. During mindfulness, you focus on what you’re doing and what’s happening around you. You want to be fully present upon what you’re doing. ARead More

Learning To Love Yourself

Loving yourself is a difficult thing. Most people think about loving yourself despite your flaws, but we believe in loving yourself because of your flaws. Everyone is unique and deserves love. It’s time you start learning to give the love to yourself that you give to those around you. Upon first glance, you might notRead More

Different Types Of People In Recovery

Recovery can be a difficult thing to define. Those in recovery and those who are not in recovery probably have two very different definitions of recovery. Even those in recovery may have a different definition than those sitting next to them, depending on their race, gender, sexual orientation, location, and status. Different cultures view thingsRead More

Do Incentives Work?

There are times in your recovery that you may find more difficult than other times. These could include holidays, birthdays, or significant events. These things all have one thing, at least, in common: they bring on celebration. These events usually come with loved ones and get-togethers. This could mean that there may be substances atRead More