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Christina Kimbrough: Finding Sobriety in the Midst of a Pandemic

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 02, 2021 / by Christina Kimbrough posted in Addiction, Sober Living, Positive Recovery

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On February 3rd, 2020 I officially had my last drink after 10 years of heavy drinking. I tried for 2 long years to get sober, but it wasn’t until I hit a personal low that I was able to seek help.

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Why & How to Stop Comparing Your Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 18, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Sober Living, Positive Recovery

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As humans, it’s natural for us to have a competitive nature. However, this is not always healthy, especially in the case of recovery. When you are healing from an addiction and the pain of the past, you may be feeling less confident which leads you to start comparing yourself and your recovery to that of others. However, it is vital for your recovery that you break this habit of comparison, and here’s why.

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Health Benefits of Taking a Break from Drinking

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 04, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Sober Living, Positive Recovery

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If you participated in Dry January, you may have noticed some significant differences when it comes to your physical and mental health. Your health can begin to improve after just one week of going alcohol-free. It’s no secret that alcohol isn’t exactly good for you, but what are the actual benefits of going without alcohol?

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Practical Tips for Achieving Your Goal to Quit Drinking

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 18, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Sober Living, Positive Recovery

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If you have decided to make it your New Year’s Resolution or goal for 2021 to quit drinking, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. Maybe you’ve tried it before and were not successful, causing you to feel reluctant to try again. What you need in order to be successful are some practical strategies that you can incorporate into your daily life. 

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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 special non-alcoholic drink these holidays, I 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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Gentry Jones: 4 Ways to Stay Strong During the Early Days of Sobriety

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 09, 2020 / by Gentry Jones posted in Addiction, Sober Living, Positive Recovery

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When I first got sober I felt 90% like a drunk, and 10% capable of getting and staying sober. Today I feel 90% capable and 10% like a drunk.

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5 Common Relapse Triggers and How to Avoid Them

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 09, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Sober Living, Positive Recovery, relapse

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The holidays can be a difficult season to navigate if you are currently recovering from a substance use disorder. Here are 5 common relapse triggers and how you can avoid them.

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Dealing with Substance Use Bullies

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 16, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in Sober Living, treatment program

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A major function of rehab is to help you to identify the environmental triggers that can lead you to relapse: all those toxic people, places, events, and situations that can create stress and push you back into getting high or drinking.

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Dating in Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 27, 2019 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Sober Living, SMART Recovery, treatment program, Dating in Recovery

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There is an unwritten rule against dating during addiction recovery. Recovery programs commonly recommend abstaining from dating the first year. Recovery is all about healing and learning how to live without substance use, and that first year of sobriety can be a challenge. Navigating the dating scene or starting a new relationship while working through recovery is a recipe for disaster. 

Managing Emotions

At the beginning of a new relationship, we are inundated with emotions — thrilling highs and lows. Learning to manage emotions is one of the greatest challenges of recovery since drugs and alcohol are typically used to numb emotions.

Choosing a Partner

The rush or highs of dating can be intoxicating, literally. Those fresh out of recovery may be susceptible to that intoxicating feeling which can lead to substituting one addiction for another. Infatuation can be mistaken for love. Thus, someone could fall victim to the pitfalls of dating because they have not fully resolved their emotional issues of seeking things outside themselves to fill a void within.

Developing an unhealthy attachment to someone can also derail recovery efforts. Within that first year of recovery, one is still emotionally unstable and unhealthy.  If you are emotionally unhealthy, then you are likely to attach to other unhealthy people. People in recovery often look to others to rescue or fix them. It can be especially burdensome to put your emotional baggage on your partner, making forming a healthy relationship impossible. 

Once you have successfully completed treatment and waited a year, you will have a better chance of picking the right partner.  Recovery programs help people to develop coping skills and to seek comfort within themselves rather than with drugs or relationships.

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Helping Your Loved Ones Stay Sober In 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 14, 2019 / by Russ Kallina posted in Alcohol, Sober Living, Positive Recovery, SMART Recovery, treatment program

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When a loved one announces that they plan to start the New Year sober, it can be an enormous relief. However, cutting back on drinking is just the first step. Recovery is an ongoing process and the support you offer your loved ones is often invaluable during their New Year's resolution.

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