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Depression After Quitting Drinking

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 24, 2023 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol

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Many people find that they experience depression after quitting drinking alcohol. How are alcohol and depression linked, and why is depression a symptom of alcohol withdrawal?

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What to Expect When Getting Sober

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 17, 2023 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol

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The first days and weeks of sobriety can be especially difficult as the body and mind adjust to life without alcohol. There are both positive and negative aspects when it comes to what to expect when first getting sober. 

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How to Love an Addict Without Enabling

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 08, 2022 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol

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When your loved one is struggling with an addiction, it is only natural to want to try and help them recover. However, this mindset often unintentionally turns into enabling, which can have detrimental effects. Here’s how to love an addict without enabling them. 

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Holiday Mocktail Recipes

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 17, 2022 / 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 this holiday season, we have you covered! These mocktail recipes are easy to make, healthy, and taste delicious.

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How to Navigate the Holidays in Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 07, 2022 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol

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For many, rather than being a season of gladness and hope, the holidays are filled with grief and anxiety. The holidays can be a very stressful time, which can cause people to lean on their destructive coping mechanisms, such as indulging in alcohol.

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, let’s look at some ways you can navigate the holidays in recovery, and how you can support a loved one in recovery during the holidays. 

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Why is Alcohol Addictive?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 28, 2022 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol

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Alcohol addiction is a serious problem that can have a significant impact on your life. Let’s explore why alcohol is so addictive, and why it's so difficult to quit drinking once you've started.

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What Happens When You Stop Drinking for 30 Days?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 28, 2022 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Sober Living

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What are the benefits of going alcohol-free for 30 days? Over the course of 4 weeks, you will already start to see tremendous improvements in your physical and mental health.

This month is a great time to try out Dry January and commit to a month without alcohol. 

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How to Get Sober Without AA

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 17, 2022 / by Russ Kallina posted in Alcohol, treatment program, IOP

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If you’re in the addiction recovery space, you’ve likely attended Alcoholics Anonymous, or know someone who has. Although Alcoholics Anonymous is a great step for anyone looking to maintain sobriety, it is not the only option. 

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How to Redefine Your Relationship with Alcohol

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 15, 2022 / by Russ Kallina posted in Alcohol, Sober Living, Alcohol awareness

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Did you know that you do not have to be an alcoholic to give up drinking? Some people choose to be conscious about their drinking habits, and evaluate their relationship with alcohol to maintain a sense of control over their alcohol consumption. If you’re tired of waking up with hangovers and foggy memories from the night before, then it may be time to reevaluate your relationship with alcohol.

You may not be addicted to or dependent on alcohol, or experienced rock bottom because of alcohol, but if alcohol is not adding any benefit to your life, then you should consider whether or not you want to carry on drinking the same way you have been. 

 

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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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