Guilt and Shame in Recovery

Is feeling guilty or shame a part of recovery? Many people feel bad about things they did or things done to them in life. It’s true that you may have done things that were hurtful, morally wrong, or even illegal when you were using. It makes sense that you would feel...

What is the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS)?

When a person abuses opioid drugs, such as heroin, Oxycontin or Vicoden, over a long period, they often experience withdrawal when they cease use. Most of the time, they will experience a myriad of withdrawal symptoms related to their drug of choice. These withdrawal...

Synthetic Marijuana: A Dangerous, Addictive Drug

Synthetic marijuana is a dangerous drug that has been pervasive on the streets of cities and towns nationwide for the past few years. Known for being cheap and hard to detect on drug tests, each batch of this synthetic drug is dangerous and sometimes deadly. Because...

In Recovery? Here’s What You Need to Know About Mental Health

In recovery, you learn a lot about your emotions, actions and reaction and the part they play in your addiction. Many people in recovery suffer from bouts of anxiety or depression but don’t think it’s a big deal. However, if you’re depressed, anxious, or have episodes...

Learning to Relax in Recovery

When you were using drugs and alcohol, you probably didn’t think about why you were using. It might surprise you that most people only use for a few reasons – typically to escape, relax or reward themselves. In other words, people use drugs and alcohol to “let go” and...

How Does Using Alcohol and Other Drugs Affect Spirituality?

When you were in your active addiction, did you have any spirituality? If you believe in a religion, you probably found yourself praying for help every once in a while. Many people who are in recovery will say they suffered a deficit of spirit, and abandoned any...

Why Dating is a Bad Idea When You’re New to Recovery

If you’re new to recovery, you’ve probably hear a lot of sayings by now. “Fake it Till You Make It”, “Easy Does It” and “Just for Today” are a few you’ll hear regularly. These sayings have been passed down from other people on the same path as you because they’re easy...

Be SMART with Your Goals this New Year

Everyone loves to ring in the New Year, and the world is often filled with talk of resolutions to stay fit, change bad behaviors, and otherwise improve themselves. In recovery, however, the focus is almost always on bettering yourself. Resolutions may seem like a...

5 Warning Signs of Relapse

Being in recovery requires vigilance, especially when you’re new, and you’re not accustomed to dealing with the stress of life without the use of substances. There isn’t one strict formula for recovery, and predicting relapse isn’t a straight formula, either....

Maintaining Your Sobriety (and Mental Health) During the Holidays

If you’re in recovery from addiction, you may be anxious about the upcoming holiday season. After all, the holidays can be a difficult time for many people, even those who aren’t in recovery. But if you’re worried about coping with the upcoming weeks, you’re not...

How Families Can Recover, Too

When a loved one first enters recovery, it can be hard for a family to adjust. Family members are probably worried and a little wary when an addicted loved one first gets clean. If this sounds like you, don’t worry! You’ve been through a lot, which is why you also...