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Keeping Recovery Fresh

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.

Facing Failure in Recovery

In the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, AA’s co-founder, Bill W., describes a trip he takes to Akron, Ohio. He is newly sober—six months—and is pursuing a business venture that he desperately needs to go well. Not only does the business not go well, but it ends up...

Real Talk: Recovery After 25 Years

As a mental health and addiction treatment provider, I often feel like the guy in the Hair Club for Men commercial, “I’m not just an owner, I’m also a member!” To many people, I probably look like an average individual who hasn’t faced too many hardships or...

The Life-Changing Power of Gratitude

more than just a seasonal reminder that we should be glad for what we have, gratitude is a potent tool for improving physical health and mental well-being. It’s associated with better sleep, more energy, less depression and possibly even a lower risk of heart disease. Stress, anxiety, and loneliness can all be dramatically altered by this simple practice

Why Choose an Orange County, CA Treatment Center?

When getting clean and sober, you’ll face a lot of challenges. The treatment center you choose can make a huge difference in the benefits you reap as you begin to accumulate sober time. Many clients love the weather in Orange County and enjoy the fact that why are...

Cope with Anxiety in a Healthy Way

Anxiety can be a reaction to stress that is a challenge to cope with in early recovery. While it’s a normal emotion that almost all human beings experiences, the unique challenges it poses for people who are new to recovery must be addressed. If you’re new to...

Drugs and Alcohol Aren’t the Only Common Addictions

Many people believe that drugs and alcohol are the only types of addictions that are harmful. This belief is a common misconception. Addiction destroys lives, alienates loved ones, and causes a lot of pain and chaos. Many people will be addicted to more than one...

Which Drugs Are Considered the Most Addictive?

When a person is using substances, it usually starts as casual abuse. Some drugs can cause a person to be addicted overnight, while others seem to creep into addiction out of nowhere. When a person is addicted to a drug, they have a substance use disorder. Some drugs...

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...