How Alternate Nostril Breathing Can Get You Out of a Jam

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Like her or not, no one can argue that Hillary Clinton’s 2016 was about as stressful as they come. She survived a contentious presidential campaign in which she was called corrupt by many in her own party before enduring “Lock Her Up!” chants from Donald Trump’s supporters. Despite it all, on election night she seemed a shoo-in, but within hours she instead had become America’s most shocking loser. Continue reading

Early Sobriety and Marriage

When a person commits to sobriety, it is the first step on the lifelong path of addiction recovery. A person in recovery may feel like they are on an endless roller coaster of emotions and not even realize the enormous impact sobriety has on their spouse or partner. To assume everything will be fine after years of substance abuse is naive. In marriages, the recovery path may be influenced by many issues related to past baggage, current circumstances and external factors. For example, the nondrinking spouse may have been an enabler of this behavior, so when the drinking spouse is in the early days of sobriety, both may feel lost and not know how to act around one another.

Anger, guilt, hurt, resentment, dependency and blame may have typified the past relationship, and this doesn’t necessarily change with sobriety. The nondrinking spouse may have trust issues from past broken promises and not truly believe their mate can stay clean. Bringing up past transgressions can keep couples stuck and increase the recovering person’s risk of relapse. Continue reading

Zen and Washing Dishes: How to Be Mindful in Everyday Tasks

With all the emphasis on the benefits of mindfulness meditation, you might think that the practice involves drastic changes in your everyday routine. This might not sound all that appealing, considering all the must-do items you have already on your list, especially since you’re now in recovery. There is, however, a way to incorporate mindfulness into almost everything you do. Here’s a look at how to be mindful in everyday tasks. Continue reading

What Happens When Addicts Are Treated With Dignity by the Court System?

By Edie Weinstein, LSW Follow Edie at Twitter @Edie Weinstein1

Drug court. These two words are fraught with trepidation for many whose addictions have brought them into contact with the legal system. It can be a place where people who may already feel demoralized by the drugs that have ravaged their bodies and minds face a potentially demeaning judge who sees them as just another number on the docket. It may also be a room from which they can launch a new life. Continue reading

Getting Out From Under: What to Do If Your Partner Continues to Drink or Use

Whether your partner has gone through rehab or continues to make promises that are never kept about cutting down his or her use of alcohol or drugs, you know the sinking feeling when you come face to face with the reality that the situation isn’t going to change. Now you’re faced with a tough decision. While you’re contemplating getting out from under, it’s important to know what to do if your partner continues to drink or use. Continue reading

How to Handle (or Survive) Your First 12-Step Meeting

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After you’ve made the often very difficult decision to go into rehab and get professional help to overcome your addiction, it’s not the end of the healing path but merely the beginning. Along with detoxifying your body from addictive substances, learning about the disease of addiction, becoming familiar with and practicing coping skills and techniques, and learning how to prevent, deal with and come back from potential relapse, there’s the whole vital element of ongoing support to navigate. While you’ve probably been introduced to 12-step meetings, once you’re back home again you’ll need to figure out how to handle (or survive) your first (post-rehab) 12-step meeting. Continue reading

Alternatives to 12-Step Addiction Recovery

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While many drug and alcohol rehab centers have a focus on the 12 steps in the overall healing process, there are alternative programs that you should be aware of. This is perhaps of particular importance to those who want to overcome addiction to toxic substances but don’t like the idea of or don’t feel comfortable with any program that emphasizes a higher power.

It should be noted, though, that even Alcoholics Anonymous, the original 12-step group, while it does mention higher power, also says, or “God as we know Him.” You don’t have to be religious or belong to a specific church, congregation, temple, mosque or synagogue to benefit from any of the 12-step programs. Still, if you’re interested in what else is out there, here are some of the alternatives to 12-step recovery. Continue reading