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Healthy Boundaries while in Recovery

Alcohol and drug addiction takes a toll on our relationships—especially on our families. When a loved one goes to treatment, begins reclaiming their life from addiction, their relationships with other people require rebuilding, too. Healing relationships in recovery takes a concerted effort on everyone’s part. Addiction can fuel many fear-based behavior patterns and other dysfunctional…

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Relapse Prevention Tips

How is it that those behaviors which have kept one sober and stood the test of time are known clearly and then forgotten immediately when one’s spiritual condition suffers and the addictive mind kicks in? Call your sponsor, get to a meeting, pray, ask for help. How can one read/do the same thing over and…

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In Recovery, We Surrender to Win

From a young age I was very active participating on my local club sports teams. Often a new calendar season brought on another sport that I tried my best to succeed at. Soccer and football in the fall, basketball in the winter, baseball in spring, and then swimming over the summer. Through sports, I was…

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Mindfulness Can Boost Your Recovery

Ready to take your recovery from alcohol and drug addiction to a whole new level?  Practice being mindful with these tried-and-true activities—they might be just what you’re looking for. Common Experience Heard in a Twelve Step meeting: “Sometimes I feel like I’m just going through the motions. I mean, I’m working the program but I’m…

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Co-occurring Disorders

Addiction and mental illness are identified as separate and distinct issues that can, and often do, occur together.  Effective treatment for co-occurring disorders depends on an accurate diagnosis, which can be a highly complex and somewhat subjective process. Some key considerations related to the prevalence, diagnosis, and treatment of co-occurring disorders are discussed below. What…

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Dealing with Shame

Sometimes it’s a small nagging voice, “I shouldn’t be drinking so much” or “I’m gaining weight and should go on a diet”.  Sometimes it’s a thundering judge, “I have completely screwed up my life!”   If you are trying to change a compulsive behavior pattern like substance use, gambling, or binge eating, odds are you have some…

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Is 12 Step Recovery Right For Me?

Achieving sobriety is no easy feat, which is why you may be tempted to think that all of the work is done.  You may think that once you are free and clean from drugs and alcohol, you are cured.  But the truth is that recovery is a long, ongoing process that doesn’t happen overnight or…