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overconfidence

How Do You Avoid Overconfidence in Recovery?

Recovery is a lifelong journey requiring patience, persistence, and self-awareness. At times your recovery might feel completely manageable, especially when your confidence is high. During these times, you are likely feeling strong, and you might even feel as though you have mastered the process of sustaining recovery. While confidence is a sign of growth and…
anger and addiction

Coping With Anger in Addiction Recovery

There are some things in life we just can’t avoid—death, taxes, and anger. Anger is a common emotion we all experience in life, and it can affect you, those around you, and even society as a whole. Episodes of anger can be passive or assertive. Each episode will produce adrenaline which can create lasting adverse…
stigma

Reversing Stigma: Why Decriminalization of Substances and Disorders Matters

Many stigmas, taboos, and negative beliefs surround substance use and mental health disorders. Such views not only misrepresent and harm those affected with substance use and mental health disorders. They also create fear, isolation, and even prevent many from seeking the help they need. The legal ramifications further support these beliefs for those in possession…
treatment

Inpatient or Outpatient: Which Treatment is Right for Me?

Overcoming substance use is challenging for anyone affected by its use. However, there are certain viewpoints and even generalizations that surround various treatments. For example, some might believe that their substance use is not severe enough to require professional help, while others might think that their addiction is too powerful to overcome. Wherever you land…
AA Meetings

SMART Recovery: An Alternative Recovery Program

There is a common misconception that treatment for alcohol use looks and operates a certain way. Unfortunately, these beliefs and stigmas surrounding specific treatments are causing those who need help to avoid it because they decide it won’t work for them. However, the treatment approaches to helping those with alcohol use disorders are much more…
hiking

Adventure Therapy: The Benefits of Hiking in Recovery

When most people think about the best therapy options for recovery, they don’t typically think about hiking. However, hiking, or adventure therapy, can become an essential holistic treatment option for those recovering from substance use and mental health disorders. Adventure therapy positively affects mental, physical, and emotional health, helping to reduce anxiety and stress, and…
trauma

How Do I Manage Traumatic Events in Recovery?

Recovery is a lifelong journey, and you will inevitably face events that challenge your recovery at specific points. While you can plan, prepare, and set goals to overcome obstacles, you can never wholly expect what is to come. For example, if you experience traumatic events related to a car accident, a death in the family,…
moderation

Can I Drink in Moderation After Treatment for an Alcohol Disorder? 

Most treatment facilities center around abstinence when it comes to alcohol use. For many years, the primary approach to managing alcohol use disorders (AUD) is giving up alcohol. Furthermore, abstinence is the backbone for support groups such as AA and SMART recovery. However, in more recent years, moderate drinking has been examined and experimented with by…
anxiety after covid

Managing Anxiety as COVID Restrictions Are Lifted

With COVID-19 vaccines available, the push for returning to “normalcy” has been the focus of the global community. Though, after a year of navigating the pandemic, you might feel exhausted, and the last thing you’re ready to do is to go full throttle back into how things were. There might also be many emotional and…
setting boundaries

How Do I Set Boundaries in Recovery?

Rebuilding healthy relationships with yourself and others is essential in recovery; however, it is a process that will come with challenges, apprehension, and sometimes frustration. Remember, building self-respect will help you understand your limitations and pitfalls, therefore helping you understand the boundaries of what you or others can or cannot do regarding your recovery. However,…
AA meetings

The Various Approaches to Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

When most hear the term Alcoholics Anonymous, they likely get a specific idea about AA in their head. It might consist of seeing a group of people sitting in a social circle and sharing their experiences about their life and alcohol use. However, because of how movies, television, and media portray AA, there is a…
educating children on addiction

How Should I Address Addiction With My Children?

If you are a parent managing recovery for a substance use disorder (SUD), your children might find life unpredictable, complicated, and confusing at times. Sometimes children even believe that your substance use disorder is their fault. Dealing with this can leave children feeling insecure and uncertain. For you managing recovery, the challenges of addressing your…