Your 2018 Addiction Recovery Checklist

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If you’ve made 2018 as your year of sobriety and recovery, then here is a helpful addiction recovery checklist that you can use.

The first year of recovery is one of the most difficult times for a recovering addict. The past and the addiction can still catch up to you and everyday can be a big struggle as you consciously battle against your cravings.

To help you out, especially as we roll into the new year, here’s an addiction recovery checklist that you can use. This addiction recovery checklist contains goals and challenges that you have to accomplish especially within the first year of your recovery. Read More

How to Make 2018 Your Happiest Year Yet

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What is the secret to success? How can you make this new year count? Here are some tips on how to rock the new year and make 2018 your happiest year yet.

The calendar’s turn to another year is an opportunity to re-orient, re-hash, re-direct, and reflect. It’s also like your life’s reset button. The new year is that time when you are looking forward to another time, another year, that is full of promise.

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5 Things to Tell Yourself When You Want a Drink This Holiday Season

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For many drinkers, declining even a sip of alcohol can be a big challenge especially this holiday season . After all, what harm can it do? Having a drink this holiday season is in fact the norm as many people get together and celebrate over beers, wines, and cocktails. Read More

How to be Grateful This Holiday Season

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This time of the year can be very stressful. All the holiday preparations, making sure everyone has presents and all the holiday meal groceries and menus are made, the parties attended, the list goes on. Things can become so chaotic this holiday season that the real meaning of Christmas can get lost.

Guess what–there’s a lot more things to celebrate than the food on the table, the gifts under the Christmas tree, the clothes on your back. For one, just the fact that you’re alive and sober is worth celebrating enough. Read More

10 Common Traits of Adults Who Grew Up with Alcoholic Parents

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Alcoholism, along with other forms of addiction such as drug addiction and behavioral addiction, are considered a family disease. This is because the condition not only affects the individual but also everyone else in the family.

A family that has one alcoholic, even one or two alcoholic parents, is dysfunctional. Family life is erratic and everyday is a struggle for some semblance of balance, order, and normalcy. Alcoholic parents may even tend to be abusive of their children and other family members. This abuse is not necessarily physical, but also psychological and emotional. Neglect may also be another issue with alcoholic parents.  Read More

Coming Clean About Addiction: How to Tell Your Family

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Coming clean about addiction is no easy feat. It can even be as hard as actually coming clean and being sober. Still, there are those who may contemplate it. If you’re one of them, then here’s some helpful tips you may need.

Coming clean about addiction isn’t something people with substance abuse problem readily do. After all, admitting you have a problem can be very difficult. In fact, most people go on with their lives never admitting, even to themselves, that there is something wrong. For your family and friends who are concerned about you, this can be frustrating because they can that something really isn’t right. Read More

5 Reasons to Avoid Drinking When You’re Depressed

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It helps to avoid drinking, especially when you’re depressed. First of all, alcohol is a depressant, so while you may feel relaxed and relieved, your brain actually “feels” different. Find out why you should avoid drinking when you’re depressed.

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How to Help an Addict Loved One Get into Rehab?

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Watching an addict loved one succumb to the dangers of addiction can be heartbreaking. It can also be distressing and terrifying, often making you feel hopeless, like there’s nothing that you can do to help them.

As much as you want to help your addict loved one overcome their addiction, whether this is drugs, alcohol, or behavioral, at the end of the day the decision is up to them. Only they, the addict, can help themselves once they decide they need help and are open to addiction treatment.

Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything. Here’s some tips that you can do on your end to help your addict loved one get into rehab–and soon! Read More

10 Types of Toxic People to Avoid After You Get Out of Addiction Rehab

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Aside of course from your dealer or the people actively involved in your addiction, here are 10  types of toxic people you should avoid once you get out of addiction rehab. The early months or years of your recovery are very vulnerable, and you should protect your sobriety and commitment to recovery by avoiding these types of toxic people that may endanger your commitment.

Getting out of rehab can be overwhelming. After many months of being disconnected from family, friends, and your old life, you are now going back to all that–and this time you don’t have your addiction to serve as your crutch. Read More

7 Ways Running Can Help in Addiction Recovery

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Running has many benefits. For those who are struggling with addiction or are in addiction recovery, running gives them something more than just a fit body, but a path to a better life.

Being physically active is highly rewarding for everyone regardless of age or gender. And when it comes to physical activities, nothing is as simple and straightforward–even cost-effective–than plain old running. No equipment but your running shoes, and you can do it practically anywhere.  Read More