How Do We Talk About Drug and Alcohol Abuse?

  “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.”   Many of us have probably heard this quotation since childhood, but it doesn’t make it true. In fact, words can hurt quite a bit, and their impact can linger long after we hear them. Words can hurt us when we’re already feeling hurt and vulnerable, …

Sober Coaches Aid in Recovery

      Just as there are different addictions and different people who struggle with them, there are also different ways to treat these addictions. Some people stay at inpatient rehab facilities to treat their drug or alcohol abuse, while others attend outpatient programs. Others attend in-person or online groups that promote recovery and many people receive individual or group …

4th of July Cookout Ideas

For many, the Fourth of July brings fireworks, visits with friends and family, and outdoor activities. Sometimes, these outdoor activities include cookouts with food and drinks. Sometimes, these drinks include alcohol. This can make holiday-related cookouts a challenge for people in recovery. They might wonder how to spend time with their friends and family in the presence of a substance …

Depicting Life and Oxycodone Addiction

    Often, drug addiction and alcohol abuse are dirty little secrets. People are often ashamed to admit that they have a problem with substance abuse. People are often afraid that other people might stigmatize them or even discriminate against them because of their problems with substances. That’s why Nan Goldin’s life and work is so fascinating. Nan Goldin is …

Recovery Jokes? A Sense of Humor and Laughter are Very Healing

A sense of humor has long been lauded as a positive approach to life, and we have all heard that laughter is the best medicine. But, are humor and laughter really good for us? And, can we rely on them to help us when we really need some help? The research says yes to both questions: humor and laughter are …

8 Physical Benefits of Sobriety

8 Physical Benefits of Sobriety Getting sober can help you in many ways.  It’s well known that drinking alcohol over time can take a toll on anyone.  It can affect mental and physical health, causing things like cirrhosis of the liver, accidents, cardiovascular issues, and other health issues. While many people associate drinking with positive experiences, the reality is that alcohol is a …

What Percentage Of Addicts Recover?

Addiction is presumably a disease that is running rampant in America and other countries.  From alcohol to prescription pain pills to heroin, addiction is causing individuals and families a great deal of undue stress and misery. One question that you hear quite often in recovery circles is, “What percentage of addicts recover?”  With the many relapses that occur in the recovery scene, …

12 Step Vs. Non 12 Step

Why the Steps Work For Some and Not For Others If you’re familiar with recovery, you’ve probably heard of 12 Step Programs, which are essentially programs that embrace the 12 Step philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). AA has been around for many years, founded in 1935 by Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson. Later, in 1953, NA was …

How to Confront an Addicted Loved One

It’s the elephant in the room. You might know that your loved one is struggling with drug addiction or alcohol abuse and see that this substance abuse is hurting him or her. But, as much as this person is struggling, you don’t know how to talk with the person. Luckily, you can learn how to confront an addict to help …

How to have a Sober Cinco de Mayo

How to have a Sober Cinco de Mayo Cinco de Mayo is coming up fast and with that, staying sober on and around this holiday is extremely important to those in recovery. If you’re recovering from an alcohol addiction, you know that Cinco de Mayo is one of those holidays where alcohol is the main focus for many. There are many …