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Good Days and Bad Days

With Spring here at last, and knowing it is a time of renewal, you are beginning to feel better. If you’re home, and a gardener, you’ve probably bought your seeds, and started them indoors until the weather is just right for outdoor planting. It’s a great time of year. Your meetings are going well, andRead More

Humor In Recovery

Recovery from substance abuse is serious business, but we can’t be all nose to the grindstone every waking minute. Can you think of a time when you were so focussed on a project at work or at home, that you lost your sense of humor. Perhaps you became irritable with others and impatience with yourself.Read More

What if My Family Isn’t Supportive of My Recovery?

Some family members aren’t going to be able to offer you support after you leave a rehab facility. They may harbor anger and resentment for all the pain and suffering you might have caused them while you were actively in the throws of an addiction. You want them to believe that you’ve changed, but theyRead More

Obdurate Behavior in Recovery

Here you are in recovery for an addiction. Your family has practically disowned you, it’s been months since any of your friends called, your kids never answer your phone calls, and you feel like a complete failure. All is not lost. You can be in the worst state of your life from living in aRead More

Waking Up to a New Day

When you wake up in the morning, you have an opportunity. Whether you are in rehab or at home, you can choose to start each day on a positive note. Take a few moments and feel your feet on the floor, feel your body breathing. If you used heroine, you could have died from theRead More

Tips on Resiliency in Recovery

The news is fraught with incidences of tragic and horrific events on a national and local level. When something difficult hits home, like the death of a loved one, a serious disease like drug addiction and alcoholism, many people react to these circumstances with a flood of strong emotions and a sense of uncertainty. Yet,Read More

Why Does the Truth Hurt So Much?

The truth hurts because it makes us confront something to which we’ve been in denial. Think about when you first entered the rehab or your first AA or NA meeting. You might have felt dejected, angry, ashamed or any number of other emotions. The truth can hurt because you feel exposed. Perhaps you don’t wantRead More

Is My Recovery Really Selfish?

You heard someone say the program you are in is a selfish one. This might make you wonder if all that you are doing for yourself; the meetings, group therapy, therapy and even rehab can be construed as selfish behavior. You might already have enough angst about the progress of your recovery without thinking ofRead More

Silver Linings in Recovery

From your perspective, silver linings in recovery might seem like a ridiculous notion. Your personal story of substance abuse, and its consequences is enough to sink the proverbial Titanic. In fact, even though you’re in recovery, you feel as if you’re on the ship. The silver lining or linings may not be know to youRead More

How Too Much Comfort Can Hinder a Person’s Process

As humans we are adept at reading nonverbal language and signs. When a baby cries, our instinct, is probably to offer comfort. We may pick the baby up out of the crib, cuddle it, and find out what’s causing the distress. The same goes for our pets. We react when a dog cries softly toRead More

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