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...

Angry? Learn How to Cope With It

In recovery, you will learn a lot of new coping skills and tools for a new way of life. During this time, you’ll learn a lot about how to deal with emotions and live a healthier, more satisfying life. This feeling, however, can seem toxic when you first get into...

Keeping an “Attitude of Gratitude”

When you first start out on your journey in recovery, it’s easy to feel negative. After all, you didn’t get clean because life was full of happiness and joy. You hit a bottom, whether it was emotional or physical. But early recovery can be scary and full of ups and...

Making New Friends in Recovery

When you first got sober, you probably were told to stay away from old people and places. Hanging out with your old drinking or using friends is a temptation that’s usually not worth taking. (Old places are probably a trigger, too.) You can’t go back to the bar or the...

10 Simple Self-Care Activities in Early Recovery

When in active addiction, one of the first things people lose is the ability to care for themselves. Whether it’s physically, emotionally, or spiritually, a substance abuse disorder takes up more and more time in your life. Other priorities fall away. Addiction lies...

Dealing with Triggers When You Get Home

Drug treatment offers a home away from home where you can grow as a person while you adjust to being substance-free. Recovery gives you new coping skills and the ability to use new tools when you’re in an uncomfortable situation. You’ve probably learned a lot about...

3 Signs You Are Enabling Your Loved One

In recovery and the mental health community, the term "enabling" is often used to describe behavior that helps a person stay sick instead of getting well. For example, a person who has a mental health disorder may have somebody make excuses for them instead of...

Mental Health Disorders and Addiction

People who become addicted to substances come from all walks of life and backgrounds. However, it’s common to suffer from mental health disorders and addiction at the same time. Many people who use alcohol or drugs to say that they started abusing substances as a way...

When Your Loved is Recovering From a Substance Use Disorder

Are you worried that somebody you love has a substance use disorder? Addiction can be a frightening and insidious condition. When using their drug of choice, your friend or family member may seem like a different person altogether. A person under the influence of...

Understanding and Confronting Denial

Many people who have struggled with addiction will tell you that there is a lot of denial to confront, even in recovery. After all, without denial, few people would be able to justify continuing to use a substance that’s making them sick and their lives in shambles....

Getting Ready for Life After Treatment

When you first detox and go to treatment for your substance abuse disorder, you are processing a ton of issues and life can seem full of challenges. There are a lot of emotions to sort through and behaviors to change. That is why your environment is so closely...

How To Help A Family Member With Drug Addiction

Have you been noticing behavioral changes in a family member, due to heavy drinking or possible drug addiction? Have they undergone dramatic weight loss? Do they seem isolated or subdued? Have they started to show disinterest in activities they were once passionate...