You’ve come a long way in your quest to live clean and sober. You know — because you’ve learned — many ways to cope with difficult situations, deal with recurring cravings and triggers, manage tough emotions and find a way to navigate and streamline your life so that stress doesn’t do you in. Still, having many tools at your disposal, keeping “The Four Agreements” in mind and using them to aid in your recovery will make life in sobriety a lot more enjoyable. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
When you hear about a path to healing from addiction, the tendency is to think that there’s only one way to heal. Nothing could be further from the truth, for there are many paths to healing and no single one is the be-all and end-all. In addition, what works for me may not be appropriate for you. By the same token, just because you have a program you’ve put together that’s effective and seems to produce beneficial results, while you can recommend your strategies and tips to another, that doesn’t mean that they’ll have the same outcomes. Continue reading →
When you’re in recovery, especially early recovery, you have a lot of things on your to-do list. While it’s understandable that you might feel a bit overwhelmed, at least at first, you have every reason to expect that you’ll come to some manageable way of working your way through everything you want and need to do. There are, however, the inevitable gaps and slow-downs that you will encounter, particularly in your own tendency to procrastinate. Here are seven tips to help you get past them. Continue reading →
Several studies have found significant gender differences in how and why people relapse during and after treatment for addiction and substance abuse. Men are more likely to relapse and have unique reasons for having a slip. They also respond to a relapse differently than women. These specialized gender factors are important to acknowledge so that each patient in substance abuse treatment can be given the best tools for avoiding and coping with relapses.
Overcoming addiction takes a great deal of patience, determination, practice and courage — none of which you’re likely to feel you have much of when you first enter drug rehabilitation. The good news is you’ll learn a great deal in rehab, not the least of which are skills you’ll need once you complete treatment and return home. What are these skills and why are they important? Let’s take a look at five of the many skills you’ll learn in drug rehab. Continue reading →
There are many reasons why you may need a new job after completing rehab. Maybe you just want a fresh start with new coworkers. It may be that your old job isn’t waiting for you. Whatever the reason, searching for employment as a newly recovered addict isn’t easy. You don’t have to disclose that you have been treated for addiction, but it may be unavoidable if new employers want to know why you lost your last job or why you were unemployed for a long period of time. Continue reading →
Loneliness is a dangerous emotion to those who are recovering from addiction. Feeling alone or isolated from the rest of the world is an overwhelming feeling that may consume you and ultimately lead to the urge to pick up a drink or a drug.
Twelve-step support groups have been a popular way to get sober since the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous in the 1930s. While 12-step programs have helped countless people over the years, they are not without controversy. Critics say the 12 steps are not based on evidence or research and the success rates are too low. Others say that support group meetings are breeding grounds for bad people who prey on the vulnerable. The debate will likely continue, but what is certain is that the 12 steps work for some people and not for others. How do you know if the program is right for you?