In most 12-step fellowships, we hear the word “sponsor” thrown around quite a bit. To the uninitiated, the role of this person is hazy at best. Of course, it brings to mind lucrative deals with athletic brands, or Little League teams brought to you by the local pizza joint.
Newly emerging research suggests that there has been a huge uptick in drug overdoses since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent data indicates that several key contributors are fuelling the rise – including a loss of critical funding for treatment programs,...
When I stumbled into a 12-step program in my twenties, in an effort to salvage what was left of my life, I found myself overrun by feelings of panic, remorse, and general anxiety. I sought out help because I was tired of feeling broken and was desperate for change. Thanks to some amazing stroke of luck or grace or both, I found lasting sobriety, and even some peace and freedom.
From biological advantages to enhanced social cohesion, gratitude appears to be a potent emotion with some serious physical, mental, and spiritual benefits.
Thinking about seeking treatment? Why now might be the best time yet.
Here at Orange County Recovery, we are invested in the overall wellness of our community. It’s at the heart of our mission, and goes far beyond just treatment. We are here to encourage our clients to thrive – in good times and bad! During the collectively traumatic...
During this unprecedented time of social distancing, stay-at-home orders, and mandatory quarantine, how can we stay connected to each other and the solution?
Many of us in recovery—especially early recovery—have been overcome with intense waves of emotions like anxiousness, panic, and depression. Even when there aren’t global disease outbreaks, early days of sober living can be hard to adjust to. Big feelings can make even casual tasks difficult, and make it hard to imagine getting through a full day sober, let alone a lifetime.
Many people who have decided to sober up face the challenge of a partner who isn’t on the same page. It is natural to have concerns that your significant other’s drinking or using could impact your chances for recovery. And of course, it’s scary to think that you...
Recent figures released by the Centers for Disease Control indicate that 2018 saw the first decline in drug overdose deaths in 20 years. Despite that bright spot, the numbers remain staggeringly high. In 2018, overdoses killed 67,000 Americans, compared to 70,000 the year prior. Alarmingly, that makes 2018 the country’s second-deadliest year on record, with drug deaths killing more people than gun violence or car crashes.
Practicing mindfulness is a powerful tool for transformation; here’s why (and how) you can begin a mindfulness practice.
How do we keep our recovery alive, fresh, and vital year after year? Often we hear about a “pink cloud” experience—a period, usually in early recovery, when things are going well, and we are filled with gratitude and wonder at our newfound freedom.