When your loved one comes home from addiction treatment the real journey is about to begin. We wanted to share this article as we found it to be informative and helpful to families and friends supporting a loved one in recovery. For convenience the article is listed here as well: They’re BAAaaack! What should you do when he comes home from treatment? What Now? When the recovering person comes home from treatment, the real journey is about to begin. They have just been immersed in a crash course—Everything you need to know about addiction and how to live substance free. Coming home is an important event. How successfully will your husband […]
What roles do isolation and loneliness play in your addiction? Individuals who struggle with addiction often find that they feel disconnected from others, either because they have pushed others away or because others feel the need to separate themselves from you during your active addiction. Isolation is the experience of being separated from others. This can be reality or one’s perception of reality. As human beings, we are created for connection. Feelings of isolation go against our need for human connection and can therefore contribute to addictive patterns of behavior. We have an innate need to bond with someone or something. In addiction, that something becomes the drug. […]
The lifestyle of addiction is one of lies and hypocrisy. There is a deep need to protect ourselves from the fears, choices and behaviors that are taking place in our life of drugs and alcohol. Accountability and honesty have faded to the background and this causes great shame and more unhealthy decisions. For us to begin to heal, the first step is to find the courage to be honest and grab hold to the value of accountability. When this process begins, a great burden lifts and the empowering strength of “I am in control” returns. Honesty is a difficult process because the world is one of blame and excuses. Society […]
Balance It is very important to live a balanced life. Too often people either get over involved in one area of their life, thus neglecting other vital aspects of living, or they under utilize the various aspects of their life thus depriving themselves of a complete and full life. The following is a series of questions we ask our clients to ponder and then answer for themselves in private, or, in group and individual sessions. Taking time to assess how we are doing in our journey is as important, and sometimes more important than getting there. These questions provide a brief check-in into vital areas of our lives. Grab some […]
Living a life of sobriety, is often difficult. It’s like learning how to walk all over again. Losing your crutch or drug, can cause a lot of emotions. Especially when it’s that time of year again, where the temperatures get hotter & the alcoholic beverage advertising gets stronger. You’re probably wondering “How do I have fun being Sober?” Here’s a list of ideas of fun things to try now that you’re sober 1. Hiking- Get out of the house and get some air. There’s probably a really cool trail close to your house that you’ve never tried. 2. Get a gym membership. Set fitness goals & stay in shape. 3. […]
Twelve Step groups are located all over the world for Alcoholics Anonymous. They are available in any area. Whether you are traveling or close to home there’s on available. A question that is heard a lot is how to find meetings. Of course you can always check online but no you have capability of search right from your cell phone. Check out the Recovery Advisor App or Steps Away APP. Enter your location and instantly find information on a local meeting near you. Heard of another valuable app? Let us know!