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Break the Addiction Cycle – How to Commit to Quitting

Change is hard. Change — the kind of transition required to leave a lifestyle of addiction to alcohol and drugs — can often seem overwhelmingly daunting. However, once you realize that you no longer want to let drugs and alcohol control your life, there are ways to make sure your decision to quit has staying…

The Alcohol Withdrawal Timeline: What Happens (and When) After the Last Drink

Most people who have struggled with an alcohol use disorder (commonly known as alcoholism) know that quitting brings its own challenges – not the least of which are physiological effects that can be mild to life-threatening in severe cases. Fortunately, medications are available to assist in alcohol detox, and with medical supervision, you can treat…

Dating in Recovery: Does Your Partner Also Have to Be Sober?

To Date or Not to Date During Recovery? Embarking on a new journey to sobriety is a big transition — a positive one, but still a significant change. In general, therapists and treatment centers alike recommend that someone who’s new to sobriety aims to achieve at least 12 months of recovery before starting to date…
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Rediscovering yourself along your Recovery Journey

Big life transitions can be unsettling — job layoffs, loss of a loved one, divorce — and taking steps to overcome a drug and alcohol addiction is no different or less challenging. And while it’s good to acknowledge that there will always be some circumstances that are beyond your control, there are steps you can…
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Easing the Transition Back Into The Workforce After Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Like any significant life transition, finding employment during your recovery journey can feel intimidating at times. The good news is, a little anxiety associated with the uncertainty of finding a job is to be expected, and can even serve as a catalyst to propel you forward. And like other situations that involve elements of the…
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Eight Factors to Consider When Choosing an Addiction Recovery Center

When an individual struggling to overcome addiction decides it’s time to seek help in the form of a drug or alcohol recovery center, finding one isn’t necessarily difficult. Choosing the one that will be the best fit and boost your chances of long-term sobriety success, however, can seem like an overwhelming task. The following list…

Addiction Recovery Has Gone Digital — Yes, There’s an App for That

These days many of our daily tasks are going digital, addiction recovery apps included. And while digital applications will likely never fully replace the benefits of real-time, face-to-face interactions and support programs, apps bring with them more pros than cons. For example, they’re available at the critical point when someone needs to reach out for…
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Substance Withdrawal: What to expect when you quit

Deciding to stop taking drugs or alcohol is an overwhelmingly positive move. Unfortunately, however, for those whose bodies and minds are accustomed to (and psychologically or physiologically dependent on) substances, withdrawal symptoms may occur as the amounts of drugs and alcohol are reduced or immediately stopped. Symptoms typically vary depending on how long someone has…
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Choice House Alum Feature: Steve’s Story

I had been fighting issues with alcohol addiction for five+ years. I simply couldn’t get it through my sick skull that alcohol would eventually take me out for good. I wanted to be sober, but still wanted to be “normal.” My life in denial was simply not working. What happened? I finally gave up and…
’Tis the Season of Celebrating: 10 Sobriety Gift Ideas for Someone New in Addiction Recovery

’Tis the Season of Celebrating: 10 Sobriety Gift Ideas for Someone New in Addiction Recovery

The season of giving is upon us and the stress of finding the perfect gift that is both meaningful, practical, and special has set in. This is especially tricky when you are getting gifts for someone in recovery. Here are 10 gift ideas to let your loved one know that you care about them and…
Block by Block, Brick by Brick: 7 Tips to Achieving Financial Stability After Drug Addiction

Block by Block, Brick by Brick: 7 Tips to Achieving Financial Stability After Drug Addiction

Getting sober required you to assess and repair many different aspects of your life and getting your bank account in order is no different. While addicted, it is not uncommon for your hard-earned cash to disappear more rapidly than they were earned, so it’s no surprise that many recently sober or recovering individuals suffer from…
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A Dangerous Intersection: What You Should Know About Co-Occurring Disorders

If you have a loved one who is struggling with addiction and wonder if they have an additional mental issue, chances are good you may be exactly right. Addiction and mental illness oftentimes go hand in hand, which is referred to as a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis. At Choice House, we focus on healing…