10 Daily Practices for Successful Addiction Recovery

Especially in early addiction recovery, getting into some type of daily routine can be very beneficial to staying sober long-term. For many addicts who have just finished treatment at their addiction treatment centre, ‘real life’ can seem very scary. And too much free, unscheduled time can lead to thoughts about using again. And while it is important not to over schedule yourself, creating unneeded stress in your life, it is good to have daily routines that will assist you on your road to recovery. Your Daily Rituals for Successful Addiction Recovery It is true that not every method works for every person, but the following daily activities will most definitely help any recovering addict st

Dealing with Death and Grief in Addiction Recovery

Losing a loved one is one of the most painful human experiences. Grief can take a toll on even the most resilient individuals, as feelings of guilt, denial, sadness, and despair sometimes overwhelm our ability to cope. For those in addiction recovery, the time of grief after losing a loved one is an incredibly high risk period. Even those who have been sober for many years may succumb to relapse when dealing with grief. Grief compromises our ability to think clearly, and an addict’s gut reaction for dealing with grief will be to numb the pain with drugs and alcohol. However, relapse is not inevitable, nor the answer. There are things you can do to help ease the pain of dealing with death whi

6 Obstacles You Must Overcome for Sustainable Sobriety

There are no quick-fix ways for how to get sober fast, and there is not one simple formula for staying sober either. But whether you are looking to get sober or maintain your current state of sobriety, there are definite obstacles that must be overcome, and goals that must be set (and met) for your greatest chance at success, and they are as follows: 1. Get honest with yourself. Let us start with our first bit of honesty; Addicts lie. They lie to themselves, they lie to friends and family members, and they lie to colleagues. They lie to preserve their addiction and avoid confrontation, they lie out of shame and denial, and they lie out of a fear of reality. In the depths of addiction, lying

Taking Care of Yourself while Caring for a Drug Addict

When someone you love is suffering from addiction or trying to succeed in addiction recovery, it is normal to want to help. But in order to properly help the addict, you must first take care of yourself. When someone you love is suffering from a drug addiction or going through recovery you want to help in any way possible. However, if you are not caring for your own physical, emotional, and spiritual needs it is very difficult to help someone else. This is especially true when it comes to trying to help the drug addict in your life, as it is a stressful, heart-breaking, and exhausting endeavour. The following tips can help you care for yourself while trying to care for someone you love who i

Music Therapy as an Effective Tool in Addiction Recovery

Grab a guitar or write a song — music therapy is proven to help you get and stay sober in addiction recovery. Music is a powerful medium that many of us rely on as a part of our day-to-day experiences. It is no surprise then that music therapy has taken the power of music and applied it in specific ways to facilitate healing and growth. While the benefits of music therapy are wide ranging, it can be a particularly useful tool to help people overcome addictions. What is Music Therapy? Music therapy is the use of music as a tool within a therapeutic relationship to help facilitate physical, emotional, cognitive, and social change and growth. Qualified music therapists design interventions that

The First 90 Days: How to Cope in Addiction Recovery

The first 90 days in addiction recovery can often be the most difficult. Avoid relapsing during this time with these tips. The first 90 days of addiction recovery is a critical and challenging period. A vulnerable, newly recovering addict is tasked with rebuilding life from the ground up — including facing previously ignored responsibilities, emotions, and fears. It is during these first three months that people are most susceptible to relapse, and therefore need the most support. The early days of addiction recovery are overwhelming to say the least, especially after leaving the structured and supportive environment of drug or alcohol rehab. Some people fall into the false belief that simpl

I am the Parent of a Drug Addict: does that Mean I Am a Failure?

Is your son or daughter a drug addict? It is easy to feel like a failure, but you must realise that it is not your fault! Follow these tips to help both you and your child get through this addiction together. Being the parent of a drug addict is one of the hardest things anyone might have to face. Addiction is a destructive disease not only to the drug addict himself, but to all the people who love him. Seeing your child succumb to this devastating disorder can leave you feeling like a failure as a parent and asking yourself what you could have done differently to prevent or fix the problem. However, having a drug addicted loved one does not mean that you have failed as a parent. Like other

The Dangers and Effects of Marijuana Dabbing

Gone are the days of simply smoking a joint to get high. There are more and more new ways to use marijuana and marijuana dabbing is one of the most potent and potentially dangerous forms of cannabis use taking place today. What is Marijuana Dabbing? Marijuana dabbing refers to the process of inhaling marijuana concentrates, known on the street by many names such as dabs, butane hash oil (BHO), honey oil, shatter, wax, and budder. These concentrates are created by extracting marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) by a method of butane extraction. The end product is a thick brownish-green substance, resembling ear wax, or honey — hence the street names. Marijuana dabbin

Drug Dreams in Addiction Recovery What You Need to Know

It is common for recovering addicts to have drug dreams and they can be incredibly stressful and create negative feelings and emotions. But can drug dreams also predict whether or not a person will be successful in addiction recovery? What do your drug dreams say about you? Whether you have been in addiction recovery for a couple months or a few years, drug dreams unfortunately remain a common part of recovery. Even when a person is doing well in recovery from addiction, it is possible to have vivid dreams about using drugs or drinking alcohol. Drug dreams are a common and completely normal part of addiction recovery and although they may be a source of stress or negative thoughts or emotion

Learning to Love Yourself in Addiction Recovery

Feelings of shame and guilt are common in people who have suffered from severe addictions and can lead to feelings of low self-esteem. For many people in addiction recovery, learning to love yourself again is a difficult process that can feel impossible at times. Why is Shame and Guilt so Common in Recovering Addicts? In the throes of addiction, an addict will often do anything it takes to get their next fix, whether that means stealing money from loved ones, performing sexual acts for drugs, alcohol or money, or breaking and entering homes among other things. Once an addict is out of their active addiction and is leading a sober life, memories of these activities can be hard to come to term

The Importance of Support Groups for Families of Addicted People

The actions of a family member suffering from addiction inevitably affects the whole family. A support group can be very beneficial in helping a family heal from the impacts of addiction and increase the chances of their loved one’s recovery long-term. Find out where you can find support. The family members of those addicted to drugs often suffer just as much emotionally and physically as the family member who is addicted to drugs. However, many families do not realise that there are support groups available that can help them cope. Addiction is sometimes referred to as a ‘family disease,’ as one family member’s addiction affects the entire family unit. Family members can develop patterns of

Difficulties of Staying Sober in Early Recovery and How to Overcome Them

Whether you are new to recovery or an old veteran, certain obstacles may get in the way of your sobriety. Being prepared for and knowing how to handle these situations will help you on your path to long-term addiction recovery. You have probably heard that staying sober in addiction recovery is difficult. And while it does definitely have its challenges, knowing what to expect and understanding how to overcome these difficulties before they happen can be the difference between success and failure. Below we have put together a few of the most common hurdles you can expect in addiction recovery along with a few tips on how to more easily overcome them. 7 Things that Make it Tough to Stay Sober

These “Effects of Alcohol” are just Myths

Alcohol is the most widely accepted drug around the world, a legal substance in most countries. The effects of alcohol on drinkers and the reasons they drink vary. In many cultures alcohol is often associated with celebrations – from holidays to special moments in life such as getting a new job or graduating from school. People also rely on the ‘well-known’ effects of alcohol for a multitude of other reasons, including getting them through difficult situations – but some of the most common reasons for drinking are more fiction than fact. Below we take you through the top 5 reasons for drinking that are completely misguided. 5 Misguided Reasons for Drinking Alcohol The following are ‘effects

Signs and Symptoms of Porn Addiction

The accessibility of online porn has been paralleled by a rise in porn addiction worldwide. Are you concerned about yourself or your partner possibly being addicted to porn? Find out the most common signs and symptoms of porn addiction. · Porn addiction can be just as debilitating as a drug or alcohol addiction. · Warning signs that your partner could be hiding a porn addiction Long gone are the days when pornography was only available in the form of nudie magazines purchased from the local seedy convenience store or adult video rental shops. Online porn is now available 24/7 from the convenience of your own home (office, hotel, bus, etc.). With a simple Google search on a computer or mob

10 Reasons Why Quitting Drugs and Alcohol is Something to Look Forward To

For many addicts who are just beginning or have yet to begin their journey through addiction recovery, the end result can seem scary. It is often difficult to imagine a life without drugs or alcohol when they have become so deeply ingrained in your lifestyle. However, recovery is something that should be celebrated, because aside from physically getting sober, there are so many other great things that happen in recovery too. To help you get excited about your recovery journey, we have put together a list of the ten most common ‘side effects’ of sobriety that you can start to look forward to. 1. Substances do not Rule Your Life Anymore. For so long, drugs and alcohol ran your life. That const

7 Ways to Prepare for Rehab

Perhaps you are thinking about or have made the decision to get help for your addiction. This is a difficult decision to make, but it is also a life-saving decision. Before going to rehab, it is important to have some strategies for getting the most out of your time in treatment. Keep the following in mind, both during your preparation beforehand and during your treatment phase. 1. Tie up any Loose Ends Before Going into Addiction Treatment Before entering rehab, there are several steps you may need to take to prepare. In general, it is important that you take care of any work, family or financial obligations. Because while you are in treatment, your entire focus should ideally be on your

How to Approach and Help a Drug Addict or Alcoholic

If you feel unsure about how to express your concerns about your loved one’s addiction to them, or scared that confronting them will push them away, you’re not alone. Learn how addiction works, what your loved one is experiencing and how you can effectively help them get into treatment. Having a loved one who is an alcoholic or drug addict is one of the most painful situations you can deal with. It’s impossible to remain unaffected while you watch them throw their life away on drugs and alcohol, but knowing what to do and how to help can sometimes be even harder. You may find yourself asking, Am I sure they’re addicted? How much help should I give without enabling their addiction? What’s the

7 Ways Animal-assisted Therapy Can Help Addiction Recovery

Did you know spending just 30 minutes with a puppy can positively affect your brain chemistry? We look at the many benefits of animal-assisted therapy in addiction treatment. If you’re an animal lover, you’re probably well aware of the uplifting effects pets have on your life. Indeed, spending just 30 minutes with a pup can positively affect your brain chemistry. And when applied to addiction treatment, these can have even farther-reaching impacts than you might expect. First, let’s talk about what animal therapy is. What is Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)? Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) consists of spending designated amounts of time with therapy pets during rehabilitation. The animals – in mo

How to Avoid Relapse in the Early Stages of Recovery

Following a few early sobriety tips can make the transition from treatment to ongoing recovery so much easier. There’s no denying that the first few months can be difficult – you’re on your own again for the first time since entering the programme and your senses are on high alert. 1.Take One Day at a Time Some experts refer to the first 90 days after treatment as the early stages, while others consider a year a more realistic period. In truth, there is no correct time frame. Each person is different, and what seems right for one may not be for another. That’s why it’s so important to take one day at a time. Treat every 24-hour period as a new start and you’ll learn to enjoy the various chal

Social Drinker, Alcohol Abuser or Alcoholic

There are three main categories that users of alcohol fall into; social drinker, alcohol abuser or alcoholic. Most people who drink alcohol will not have any problems with their consumption; however, for those who do have a problem handling it, oftentimes, their problem will gradually worsen. · Some are the ‘life of the party’ while others are ‘the responsible ones’? Which describes you the best? #socialdrinker #alcoholic #recovery · Some are the #lifeoftheparty while others are the responsible ones? Which describes you the best? #alochol #recovery At Shafa Home, we have helped thousands of people break free from alcohol dependence and addiction. Our unique and effective style of treatment

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