Sobriety Gift Ideas to Celebrate Recovery

Unsure what to get that special someone this year who is in addiction recovery? These sobriety gifts will definitely inspire! With Christmas just around the corner, you might be trying to think of the perfect sobriety gift for a loved-one who has or is suffering from addiction, whether or not they are in addiction recovery. There is a long list of gifts that will show your loved-one how much you care. Ideally you will want something to help them during their challenging journey through recovery. Here are a few ideas of recovery gifts that will inspire your special someone to enjoy a sober holiday. Celebrate Recovery with these Sobriety Gifts A Journal / Diary A great deal of rehabilitation e

Overcoming Food Addiction

With the introduction of refined sugars into modern diets, an alarming portion of the world’s population seem to be swallowed up by food addiction. Food addiction is a new and controversial term, but the many people who have experienced and overcome food addiction will tell you that this addiction is very real. But how do we become addicted to food – something we all need to survive? And how can we overcome a food addiction when complete abstinence from food is obviously not possible? What is Food Addiction? Simply, food addiction is being addicted to junk foods in the same way that people are addicted to alcohol and drugs. Think about it: Why can some people buy a pint of ice cream and have

Recovery High Schools: Giving Teens a Second Chance

Recovery high schools are helping teen addicts maintain sobriety by focusing on recovery and their studies at the same time. Recovery high schools are popping up across not only the U.S., but all over the world. Why? Because teens who attend addiction rehab typically have difficulties integrating back into their old high school without relapsing. High school is often a time of experimentation with drugs and alcohol, and saying ‘no’ repeatedly is often too hard of a test on their new found sobriety – which is why high schools based around recovery are becoming a more popular choice for newly sober teens. What Are Recovery High Schools The aim of The Association of Recovery Schools is to provi

Problem Gambler or Gambling Addiction?

Compulsive gambling, or gambling addiction, is a very serious form of process addiction. Learn the signs and how to treat it here. Gambling addiction is more serious than many people realise. While most people are able to gamble responsibly, many others find themselves caught in the sticky web of gambling addiction, unable to escape. Is Gambling Really an Addiction? Gambling addiction, also referred to as an impulse-control disorder, is when a person gambles compulsively. This means they are unable to stop or control their gambling, even when they know that it is affecting their life in a negative manner. Whether they are depressed or happy, winning or losing, they will continue gambling – r

Making Amends is More than Just an Apology

Find out the difference between an apology and making amends – and how to properly make amends in addiction recovery. No one is perfect. We, as humans, are all inevitably bound to make mistakes throughout our lives. And these stumbling blocks and errors in judgement often help to mould us. Our characters are built from our experiences both good and bad, and there is no shame in admitting when we are wrong. Making amends is a part of life and it takes a strong person to own up to their mistakes. However, wrongdoings as a result of alcohol or drug addiction cannot be forgiven with a simple “I’m sorry”. Addiction recovery is a long and hard road, as addiction has the ability to warp peoples’ mo

Stress and Relapse Prevention with Diet and Health Tips

It is no secret that we all experience stress, and the pressures of modern society can make it seem as though if you are not stressed out – then you are not working hard enough. But stress takes a significant toll on your physical and mental well-being. When stress becomes the norm, so do all the associated physical and mental illnesses. In fact, some suggest that up to 80% of illnesses can be attributed to stress, and addiction is one of them. Stress is one of the most common relapse triggers for those in recovery — which is why stress prevention is a top priority for relapse prevention. Your diet and health play an important role in stress management, and can be used to your advantage to

Staying Sober by Building Confidence in Addiction Recovery

So you have achieved sobriety! Perhaps you recently completed your stay at a drug or alcohol rehab, or maybe you did it on your own. Regardless of how you accomplished it, you have definitely done a lot of hard work to get where you are, and you should be feeling great, right? Unfortunately, however, many people in addiction recovery struggle with low self-esteem which keeps them feeling unhappy, unworthy, and unsatisfied — and also makes staying sober in the long run a challenge. Addiction and Low Self-Esteem Self-esteem is our perception of our worth as a person — including our feelings of confidence and satisfaction with our life. People with low self-esteem act and think in ways associat

What To Do If You Relapse in Addiction Recovery

Relapse is the ever-feared return to using your drug of choice and again experiencing the devastating consequences as addiction takes over and your life spirals out of control. While no one wants to return to using after entering addiction recovery, the fact is – slip-ups happen and relapse is often viewed as a characteristic of addiction recovery. But does a night of drinking or drugging mean you are doomed to months of use and despair? One-time slips are definitely serious and can lead a person back to full-blown drug addiction, but you do not have to end up that way if you handle it properly. What happens if I Relapse? Using after months or even years of sobriety leads to overwhelming fee

Do I Need Recovery Meetings to Stay Sober?

Think you are able to stay sober without attending recovery meetings? Do not think they are an integral part of addiction recovery? Chances are… you are wrong! Recovery meetings are a huge part of any addiction recovery programme, and those in recovery are encouraged to attend them as often as possible for however long they feel the need to. The first few months of sobriety are the hardest, and during this time it is imperative that recovering addicts attend meetings every day if possible. This is particularly true in AA, where recovering addicts are encouraged to do “90 in 90”; that is, 90 meetings in 90 days. Addiction relapse is almost thought of as inevitable in recovering addicts, and w

How to Make Friends in Addiction Recovery

It’s often difficult to make friends in recovery, but it’s an important part of remaining sober long-term. Use these tips to help make long-lasting friendships in addiction recovery. Humans are social beings. Instinctively, we strive to connect with other people and require this connection and support to function optimally in the world. But many of us struggle to form these connections and make close friends, especially as adults. Add recently completing addiction treatment and being newly sober to the mix – and making new friends can seem impossibly overwhelming. However, addiction recovery lends itself well to forming healthy new friendships — it just takes time and effort. The Importance

Cocaine Addiction: Long-Term Effects of Cocaine

Despite being glamorised by celebrities, the side effects of cocaine use can often be deadly. Cocaine is a well-known party drug often associated with the elite stratum of society — celebrities, fashion models, even politicians and CEO’s. But despite cocaine’s high price tag and celebrity media hype, its use extends throughout society and the effects of cocaine are not so glamorous. What is Cocaine? There is a misleading notion that because cocaine is derived from the coca plant grown mostly in South America, it is therefore “natural” and less harmful than other street drugs such as methamphetamine and ecstasy. But cocaine is far from natural or harmless. Different chemical processes are use

Are Sober Bars the Start of a Sober Revolution?

Are alcohol-free ‘dry bars’ the next big thing to hit the nightlife scene? Why do people turn to a glass of wine after a long day at work? Or spend the weekends getting wasted in clubs? Yes, alcohol can help many people relax after a stressful work week, but there are many other activities that also relieve stress, including exercising or delving into your favourite hobby such as reading, painting or photography among many others. So why is it, then, that so many people turn to an alcoholic drink to unwind instead of going for a jog? Unfortunately, Americans, English, Australians and many other races accept alcohol as ‘part of their culture’. And thus, alcohol is pushed into our sight everyd

Understanding Process Addictions

What are process addictions? Process addictions occur when someone becomes addicted to a rewarding behaviour that does not involve an addictive substance, such as gambling, sex, or eating. Sometimes referred to as behavioural addictions, or compulsive behaviours, process addictions involve compulsion to perform an action despite negative consequences. In this way people can suffer from dependence on certain processes — they are reliant upon and/or controlled by the addiction as their primary way of dealing with life. While the theory about behavioural addictions has been around for a while, only recently have we been able to look at the brain and determine how processes can in fact become ad

How to Rebuild Trust in Addiction Recovery

During any substance abuse disorder it is almost inevitable that you will break the trust of those closest to you, and often the relationships that you care about the most will be left in pieces. The initial dishonesty and lies you resorted to, to keep your drug addiction a secret, often manifest into other areas of your life, and you may have found that your everyday activities became a tangled web of lies and secretiveness. You may have stolen money or items to buy drugs, you may have lied to and cheated on your loved ones; this all leads to strain and damage on the relationships around you, and in some cases people may have given up on you completely when you were still in the depth of yo

Having Fun in Addiction Recovery: Eight Activities worth Trying

Has boredom struck in addiction recovery? Check out these eight great activities to ensure you are having fun – while avoiding addiction relapse! Addiction recovery, no matter what kind, is one of the hardest and most trying processes that a person can go through. Addicts often feel like every day is a struggle to stop themselves from using again, and this can be stressful and trying for the addict as well as their family and friends. Life in addiction recovery may feel like it is mundane and people who have just come out of addiction treatment often do not know how to go about having fun when they are not using. Boredom is one of the most damaging factors in addiction recovery. Not only is

Having Fun and Staying Sober at Social Events

Social events pop up frequently and many a time our calendars are filled with them. It may be your best friend’s birthday, your niece’s christening or simply a back garden barbeque. Whatever it is, most of us have some sort of social engagement to go to every now and then. Now, this really is not a big deal to the average person and in fact these events are something we generally look forward to. However, for a recovering addict these social events can be the bane of their very existence. People who have recently come out of addiction treatment often avoid social gatherings and events for the first few months, which is totally understandable and often encouraged under the circumstances. Howe

What Happens to Your Brain When You Blackout from Being Drunk?

Do not know how you got home after a night of drinking? Have a complete blackout? You are not alone. Alcohol causes these dangerous changes in your brain when you are drunk, giving you temporary amnesia. After a night of drinking, have you ever woken up unable to remember how you got home? Had a tear or stain on your shirt that you cannot figure out where it came from? End up in a prison cell for reasons unknown? Has your partner been livid with you about an argument you do not remember having? The cause of these memory lapses is an alcohol-induced blackout – and it is fairly common, despite not exactly being healthy. What is an Alcohol-induced Blackout? There are two terms used for blackout

Sober Living Guide: Meeting People and Finding Flatmates

Getting treatment for addiction is only the first step on the long road to successful addiction recovery. Once you complete treatment, learning to live in recovery is like finding your way in a whole new world. Early recovery can be lonely, confusing and stressful at times. In this early stage, it’s especially important to make the right choices that will push your life in a positive direction. Two important aspects of this are finding a new group of people to hang out with and finding a living situation that will be supportive of your recovery. Meeting Sober Friends in Recovery Becoming sober will inevitably cost you a few friends as you realise that many of your relationships were based a

Supporting a Loved One during Addiction Recovery

If you have a loved one struggling with alcoholism, drug addiction, or a process addiction, you probably feel overwhelmed and at a loss as to the best ways you can support them through their stay in a drug or alcohol rehab and beyond as they enter addiction recovery. It is normal to be anxious about the treatment outcome, but it is important to remember that by entering addiction treatment your loved one is in good hands. And, even if they have tried and relapsed in the past, each attempt at getting sober has a positive impact on their ability to overcome addiction. Offering Support while a Loved One is in Treatment While addiction recovery is ultimately in the hands of the person receiving

How do Pets make a Difference in Addiction Recovery?

See how simple pet therapy can increase the chances of a successful addiction recovery. From easing distress in the early stages of alcohol or drug rehab through animal assisted therapy programmes, to being a solid support for those who have entered addiction recovery, animals have a lot to offer those struggling from addiction. Through all stages of treatment and recovery, pet therapy is becoming more and more common and for good reason. Benefits of owning a Pet in Addiction Recovery After attending an addiction treatment centre and achieving sobriety, addiction recovery requires long-term maintenance and relapse prevention strategies. You will need as much support as possible, and pets off

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