How to Stay Sober During the Holidays

How to Stay Sober During the Holidays - holiday decorationsIt’s the happiest season of all. Or is it?

The holidays, while being a time of gathering and celebration, can also trigger emotions that have long been repressed. When you’re unprepared, these triggers can incite relapse.

What makes the holidays so stressful for a person in recovery?

During the holidays, the pressure to be happy becomes overwhelming. Combined with issues related to money, relationships, and health, general stress becomes amplified.

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How Gratitude Can Aid in Long-Term Recovery

How Gratitude Can Aid in Long-Term Recovery - i am grateful for journalIn “Thanks,” a poem written by W.S. Merwin, the speaker gives thanks to the shadow side of life.

He writes, “Listen/ with the night falling we are saying thank you/ we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings/ we are running out of the glass rooms/ with our mouths full of food to look at the sky/ and say thank you/ we are standing by the water thanking it.”

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5 Foods Your Body Needs During Recovery

5 Foods Your Body Needs During Recovery - fruits and vegetablesIt’s no secret that a well-balanced, nutritious diet is essential to the longevity and quality of life.

But when you are in the process of recovering from substance abuse, concentrating efforts toward a healthy diet can seem like punishment.

The truth is, after having made the decision to stop using a substance, it’s easy to justify eating comfort foods like pepperoni pizza and brownies.

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Creative Writing Therapy and Recovery

Creative Writing Therapy and Recovery - paper and penMany people think that writing is only for those born with a metaphorical pen in hand.

That if you aren’t writing sonnets in middle school or best-selling novels in your twenties, you aren’t a “writer.” But this claim is far from the truth.

As both a person in recovery and an instructor of creative writing for a women’s recovery center, I’ve experienced firsthand the positive role a writing practice can play in a person’s recovery.

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Visual Arts and Recovery

Visual Arts and Recovery - paint on paletteLeaned up against the wall of my living room is a warped piece of wood.

From the grainy texture of its surface, a woman painted in acrylic stares back. Dark hair squiggles from her head in sporadic waves. Her complexion is punctuated by shadows that run vertically down her neck. Her lips are haphazardly painted in an expression that is neither happy nor sad.

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How to Rebuild Trust with Loved Ones After Recovery

How to Rebuild Trust with Loved Ones After Recovery - family having brunchOf all the losses that come with substance abuse, perhaps one of the worst is losing trust from loved ones.

There is nothing like the pain and frustration that comes with your loved ones not believing you when you say something.

It can take years to build trust and a mere moment to shatter it. But don’t let this challenge overwhelm you. Rebuilding trust is possible and by dedicating yourself to the following process you will have the power to change.

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Learning How to Trust Yourself in Recovery

Learning How to Trust Yourself in Recovery - woman looking at the oceanLearning how to trust yourself following months or even years of addiction is no small feat.

Similar to how recovery is an ongoing process, so too is building a relationship of trust with oneself.

One of the most difficult parts of recovery lies in the battles between the voices within—the voice of the addict versus the voice of intuition.

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The Importance of Continuing Care after Rehab

The Importance of Continuing Care after Rehab - woman in therapists officeIt’s not uncommon for people new to recovery to think that once they leave rehab, they can go back to their old lives.

Unfortunately, this kind of thinking disregards the underlying reason that led them to becoming addicted in the first place.

Completing in-patient rehabilitation is a major accomplishment and a major step in establishing sobriety—but alone, rehab is not an end-all cure.

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7 Myths of Getting Sober

7 Myths of Getting Sober - myths wordSustaining sobriety requires more than just cessation of drug and/or alcohol use.

Sobriety requires self-care and diligent self-honesty. If we don’t take steps toward identifying the underlying emotional disturbance, our addiction can shapeshift, leading us to substitute one addiction for another.

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