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How to Maintain a Positive Attitude During Recovery

Addiction recovery is a long, arduous process that can take months or even years. Sometimes, it might feel like you are just spinning your wheels, going nowhere, and making no progress. When this happens, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s working in your recovery plan. Most people participating in it will have to go through several relapses and stop taking drugs or alcohol before they eventually succeed in becoming sober. Here are five tips for maintaining a positive attitude during this recovery journey. 1. Find a Peer Support Group One of the most powerful tools in helping people progress in their recovery is reaching out to others in your condition. After all, people dealing with the same issues can offer you better advice than

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How to Stop Lying in Recovery

Lying is one of addiction and recovery’s most common and destructive behaviors. It can destroy relationships, damage your reputation, and make it difficult to stay sober. You need to learn how to stop lying if you want to recover from your addiction and build healthy, trusting relationships. Below are some tips to help you stop lying. Change Your Thinking Lying is often a automatic response to certain situations. You need to learn to think differently about situations where you would normally lie. Instead of thinking about how you can get away with lying, think about how you can be truthful. It takes practice, but you can change your thinking patterns and learn to respond differently to situations. For example, let’s say you’re at a party

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What are the 12 steps of recovery?

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is one of many twelve-step groups that help people recover from substance abuse problems. AA’s recovery program includes steps people use to deal with the issues caused by their drinking. These steps include admitting you have a problem, asking God for help, and making amends to those harmed by your actions. Some people find that these steps work just fine without religion; others prefer to seek spiritual guidance along with their support network. Regardless of how you approach it, the 12 Steps are a powerful tool for recovering from addiction. What are the 12 steps The Twelve Steps are what makes Alcoholics Anonymous different from other 12-step programs. These steps outline the basic principles of AA. They include the following: We acknowledged

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What Types of Rules Do Sober Living Facilities Have?

Sober living facilities are a step up from alcohol-only rehabilitation. They offer a more balanced approach to recovery, complete with daytime hours and an array of classes. However, they also come with unique rules and restrictions you should know about before entering this new stage of your life. Alcoholism treatment centers tend to be more structured than sober living homes or private homes, which sets them apart in ways many people might not know about. At The Recovery Village, we believe that people can benefit from the structure provided by a treatment center without suffering from the lack of freedom. This freedom is one of the benefits of joining a sober living facility. Substance Abuse Substance abuse is a disease that can devastate an individual’s

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Should I Exercise While In Recovery?

It can be difficult to muster the motivation to exercise in addiction recovery. You might be feeling low in energy and struggling with depression or anxiety. But even though it may be hard to start, exercise can help speed up your recovery. That’s because exercise releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting and pain-relieving effects. Exercise can also help improve sleep, increase energy levels, and reduce stress. And all of these benefits can help you stay on track with your recovery goals, so if you’re wondering whether you should exercise while in addiction recovery, the answer is a resounding yes! Start slowly and gradually increase your activity level as you feel more comfortable. Soon enough, you’ll start seeing the positive effects of exercise on your mind and

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How Can I Protect My Recovery if a Friend Relapses?

The friendship we make in rehab centers is long-lasting. At the rehab, you’re all fighting the same monster (addition). The support system helps keep everyone inspired to achieve sobriety. However, completing the drug rehabilitation program does not guarantee that everyone will stick to sobriety goals. In the unfortunate event that your friend relapses, you may also be tempted to relapse. I’m sure you want to stick to your sobriety goals. The problem is that your connection with the friend may push you out of your sobriety zone. Here are ways to protect your recovery when your friend relapses. Stay Occupied and Busy Boredom and the desire to fit in are the core reasons most people fall back into the pit of substance use. You can

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How To Choose a Sober Living Program

Once we get clean, how can we ensure that being in recovery is sustainable? The hardest part of addiction can be crystalizing motivation and finding the resources needed to stay clean. That’s why there are sober living programs available for addicts who are struggling to find a way out. Here’s a quick breakdown of what these facilities look like, offer, and work. A sober living program is usually an outpatient center or an intensive outpatient drug treatment facility that provides supportive services like group sessions, individualized counseling, and professional medical care for those affected by alcohol or drug addiction. Steps to Recovery for Addiction Therefore, a sober living program provides the holistic support that recovering addicts need to develop sustainable habits in recovery. There are

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Is Relapse a Sign of Failure?

People unfamiliar with addiction believe relapse is a sign of failure, but it isn’t. It can happen to anyone at any time. Addicts should take it seriously when they relapse into old habits. People feel guilty and frustrated when they believe that repeating something means they failed. Discover why you reverted to old habits and how you can use that knowledge to get your recovery back on track. Learn what addiction looks like Addiction can develop due to a mental illness or a traumatic event. To cope with the stress of these events, you may have turned to alcohol or other drugs. You learn how to deal with life’s problems in rehab, but you may use it again if you face a new set of

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What is a Sober Coaches in Addiction Recovery?

A sober coach in addiction recovery is someone who has recovered from their addiction and offers advice and support to people who are also working on recovering. The term sobriety coach is often used interchangeably with the more general term peer support. Here are the number of ways Sober coaches can assist. Providing Emotional Support Addiction is an emotional disease, and it can be difficult for those who suffer from it to make the necessary changes in their own lives. Having someone to talk to about the process can help them remain on the right path toward success. Providing Accountability Most addicts are extremely independent people, and they may not take as much of a liking to be told what they should do and when

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How to Choose a Sober Living Program

Making an active decision to enroll in a sober living program is an accomplishment in itself. Whether you’ve made the choice for yourself or you’re helping a loved one to choose a treatment facility, this move is a powerful step. Don’t let the various options become overwhelming. Narrowing down facilities by looking at certain criteria is helpful. Factors to Consider While browsing through the possible choices for a sober living program, you might not know what features to look for. Ultimately, picking a program that feels comfortable and supportive to you is of utmost importance, and examining specific details can help in making this decision: Proximity to home Religious or spiritual component Daily schedule Social element Continued support Understanding how these different features affect your

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