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Culture in Recovery

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From my observations, there are many factors that contribute to the effect of culture on recovery. One of these factors is the culture itself, whether it be an individual’s ethnicity or the town/village they live in. In my experience, I have found that people from different cultures find recovery more difficult than others because they […]

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Spending Time in Nature

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There’s something pure and healing about the natural world. Hiking through the mountains on a crisp fall morning, sitting on the shore, watching waves crash on the sand, or staring up at the dark night sky, these images evoke powerful feelings within us. Nature therapy for depression and drug addiction is the idea that spending […]

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Goal Setting in Recovery

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Recovery is a path, with plenty of milestones along the way. These milestones are inspiring turning points that keep us going in the right direction and they’re an essential part of our recovery. But how do we get to these places of victory? Setting, Reaching, and Celebrating Milestones Milestones are actually the goals that are […]

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Putting our Recovery First

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Most of us alcoholics and addicts find our lives in shambles by the time we are ready to make a change; in fact, the circumstances generated by our addiction are generally what motivate us to seek recovery. Then there are those whose lives are pretty much still in order—on the surface—but whose emotional bottoms are […]

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Structure in Recovery

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Why do people emphasize the importance of structure in recovery? Is structure the end goal or just a way of getting into recovery? These are commonly asked questions, especially when looking at the pros and cons of different programs. Questioning structure is also a common response that people may have when they first enter a […]

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Hobbies in Recovery

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Those of us that have made the decision to break free from using drugs and alcohol look forward to big changes in our lives, but what will that look like? That is one of the things that make most of us nervous about recovery. Thinking about bringing back or developing new hobbies is a great […]

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Change in Early Recovery

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One of the most feared topics in early recovery is change. Many of us that are new to recovery struggle with change because it can be uncomfortable and it is something that we are not used to. In recovery, we must change or we are destined to go back to our old ways. Putting down […]

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Building a Sober Support Network

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It’s a long road back from addiction. The drug of choice can be alcohol, street or prescription drugs, or addictive gambling, spending, or eating. Although the faces of addiction are many, one outcome remains the same: everyone in recovery needs the support of others. And these “others” need to be personally familiar with what it […]

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Coping Skills in Recovery

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Life today is filled with many different challenges, conflict, loss, pain, and stress. It doesn’t matter who we are, nobody goes through life untouched. Along with these things, some people also experience significant trauma, whether it is a childhood of abuse, tragic loss of a parent, or some other kind of severe traumatic experience. Regardless […]