As cliche as it may sound, honesty is indeed the best policy. Even in recovery.
People who are in active addiction would often find themselves lying to their loved ones and family members to protect their addiction. They may lie to their colleagues and bosses to avoid the consequences of their addiction. Throughout the course of their addiction, they may lie to different people just so they would continue using and dodge the repercussions. Read More
Celebrating a happy Halloween sober can be tough. This is true especially if you’re used to booze-filled Halloween parties. If before, when you were in active addiction, Happy Halloween means getting high and wasted, this time is different. Read More
Many people who struggle with addiction and suffer co-occurring disorders such as depression and anxiety, to name a few, often have a profound back story. They may have experienced a significant event or trauma in their lives. These people spend much of their lives carrying these experiences, struggling with the past and the pain. As a result, many of them can feel hopeless, helpless, and desperate. Read More
Illegal drugs or narcotics, are dangerous on their own, but what happens when you mix substances together? Now that’s like opening a Pandora’s box of trouble and undesired effects. So when you’re mixing alcohol and cocaine, you’re actually inviting a range of dangerous effects, including death.
Let’s take a closer look at this dangerous pairing. Read More
It’s normal and human to have quirks and idiosyncracies. Those are what make us unique. However, there’s a fine line between being weird and having a mental disorder. Sometimes, those who are eccentric are judged as having some mental health issues, and those who appear to be normal or even the life of the party are struggling with concealed depression or other disorder. You never really know who is struggling. Read More
How do you really stay sober while traveling? For others, this can be a piece of cake. For those who are in recovery, or have just gotten out of rehab, however, the commitment to stay sober can be tested while on the road.
For many of you, travel is a big part of your life. Especially this summer season, many people may be going out of town or out of the country, enjoying the sights and sounds the world has to offer. Read More
Do sober guys really make the best boyfriends? Let’s find out.
In our culture when masculinity is equated with how much alcohol you can down, being sober can come with its set of stereotypes. If you don’t drink, for example, people will call you as “KJ” or “killjoy.” Sober men in general may also be stereotyped as overly serious or snobbish, too “square,” self-absorbed, or even a ticking time bomb that could fall back to addiction anytime.
The problem of addiction is prevalent in almost every corner of the world. It has affected millions of individuals and their families. In-patient addiction rehab programs, such as those provided by Bridges of Hope, offer expertly managed care for those who are struggling with drug, alcohol, and behavioral addictions. Read More
Addiction codependency is not as talked about much as addiction itself. However, the two do together and are involved in a mutually destructive cycle as both the addicts and the codependents develop maladaptive coping strategies.
When it comes to family, marriage, and relationships, part of it all is love, devotion, working through obstacles and sharing burdens together. However, when it comes to addiction codependency, sharing the burden of addiction can do more harm than good. Read More
Addiction not only affects yourself, it also has repercussions on your relationships. When you were in active addiction, you may have made enemies, broken trust with people, or even destroyed relationships. These are just some of the many tragic effects of addiction. Read More