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How to Maintain a Social Life While Sober

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 18, 2022 / by Russ Kallina posted in Alcohol, Sober Living

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When you first get sober, it can be intimidating. You’re worried that you will lose your friends and your social life, or that you’ll be bored without alcohol. At the beginning, it can feel lonely. The friends you used to go out drinking with might stop inviting you to come along, and you may feel like you’re missing out. While getting sober will definitely be life-altering, you can still have a social life without alcohol. 

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Best Ways to Support Addicted Family Members During the Holidays

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 22, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, For Family Members

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For many, rather than being a season of gladness and hope, the holidays are filled with grief and anxiety. Whether spent alone, or with friends and family, the holidays can be a very stressful time, which can cause people to lean on their destructive coping mechanisms.

Addiction does not only affect the addicted individual - it affects the whole family. Addiction can destroy relationships, and cause a lot of hurt among family members, which can become magnified during the holiday season.

Whether your loved one is currently in recovery, or is needing to begin their recovery, here are some ways in which you can support them during this time.

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Tips for Having a Sober Halloween

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 21, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, Sober Living, Positive Recovery

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If you love Halloween festivities, and are newly sober, you may be worried that sobriety will cause you to miss out on the Halloween fun.

However, there are plenty of ways you can still have a great Halloween while being sober, you will just want to be more mindful of your triggers so that you can manage them effectively. 

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A Guide to Sober October

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 29, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Sober Living

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October is here, and it's a time when people from all across the world participate in the Sober October challenge. 

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Benefits of Attending Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Virginia

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 10, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Sober Living, treatment program

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The first step to recovery is acknowledging that you need to help. Substance use disorders are complex and it requires time and commitment in order to attain sobriety. While going to treatment may seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to be that way. September is National Recovery Month, and it’s important to be aware of the types of treatment that are available across the country so that you can decide which one is best for you.

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Maintaining Sobriety in a Post-Covid World

[fa icon="calendar'] May 27, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Alcohol, Sober Living, covid

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When the pandemic first hit, many turned to alcohol as a way of coping with the initial isolation, boredom, and financial stress. Zoom happy hours and “quarantinis” quickly became all the rage, and no one questioned it because everyone had a “good reason” to be drinking.

However, some individuals found that the pandemic and the stay-at-home orders helped them recognize that they had a drinking problem. As a result, many decided that this was the perfect time to try out sobriety.

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How Alcohol Affects Your Mental Health

[fa icon="calendar'] May 13, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Alcohol, Sober Living, mental health

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, where we strive to break the stigma surrounding mental illness, so we want to share how alcohol affects your mental health. 

It’s probably no surprise that one-third of people with major depression also drink. Millions of people also struggle with mental health, and it’s killing about 3 million people per year according to the World Health Organization.

Mental health is about more than just the absence of mental disorders or disabilities though, it’s also about looking after ongoing wellness and happiness. Alcohol can make it even more difficult, and here’s why: 

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How to Remain Alcohol Aware All Year Long

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 28, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Alcohol, Sober Living, Alcohol awareness

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Alcohol awareness is all about being aware of our own alcohol consumption and how alcohol can affect us. Drinking alcoholic beverages is so normalized in our culture, that many will dismiss any negative effects it may cause. However, it’s important to remember that alcohol contributes to 95,000 deaths in the US every year. The reality is, alcohol is a drug that has the potential to ruin lives if we aren’t careful. 

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The Mindful Mocktail: 3 Alcohol-Free Recipes to Satisfy Your Cravings

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 16, 2020 / by The Mindful Mocktail posted in Alcohol, Sober Living, Positive Recovery, Mocktails

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If you're looking for a fancy non-alcoholic drink to enjoy on special occasions, we have you covered!
These mocktail recipes are easy to make, healthy and taste delicious.

For more recipes and alcohol-free inspiration like this, visit The Mindful Mocktail.

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RawRecoveryTalk: Changing The Stigma Surrounding Addiction

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 26, 2020 / by RawRecoveryTalk posted in Alcohol, Drugs, Co-Occurring Disorders, Positive Recovery

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It is so common nowadays to ask someone “What they do for a living” as a means of small talk. For 6 years my answer to this question was “I’m an addiction counselor” and as a response I would receive some variation of “Bless you, that must be so hard to work with them”. It took me a long time to realize that people did not know how to respond because of the stigma attached to addiction and mental illness in general.

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