Category: Healthy Living


How Creativity Can Help During Recovery

Most people have heard of the traditional approach to addiction recovery promoted by AA and NA. However, holistic rehab programs have become much more popular in recent years as people turn to non-religious or secular alternatives. Among the components of a holistic rehab program are creative activities such as Art or Music Therapy. Both have been proven to be extremely beneficial as part of an addiction treatment program.


New Year Goals to Help in Recovery

Anyone who is struggling with drugs or alcohol knows that overcoming addiction is not just a case of making a resolution and sticking to it. The New Year is traditionally the time when we all tend to make some kind of lifestyle change in recognition of turning over a new page for the next 12 months. The majority of people make token resolutions such as giving up candy or joining a gym. However, it is not possible to be flippant about making the decision to quit something you’re addicted to.


Overcome Negative Thoughts to Aid in Your Recovery

Addiction is a mental illness that is characterized by negative thoughts and behaviors. This mental state is not “deliberate” and very often, substance abuse is not a “chosen” behavior at all. If you are working to overcome addiction, you will learn mechanisms for avoiding negative thoughts during recovery. Here we take a closer look at why that is so effective in promoting long-term sobriety.

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Common Holiday Stressors and How to Avoid Triggering a Relapse

Many of us get stressed out before and during the holiday season although for some people struggling with addiction, it can be even more challenging. Addiction is a relapsing illness which means that people can return to substance abuse at any stage after completing rehab treatment, even several years later. Relapse is often triggered by stressful situations highlighted in addiction therapy as being a person’s individual stressors.

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Tips for Staying Sober During This Winter

For many people overcoming substance abuse, the holiday season is often an anxious time as they adjust to life without drugs or alcohol. It is not uncommon for someone leaving rehab to feel that they will become boring without using substances, rendering their social lives non-existent. However, as many people in recovery report, these fears are unfounded. There are plenty of activities you can take up without alcohol or drugs involved. Let’s take a look at a few.

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How to Deal With Addiction during the Holiday Season

For people in recovery from addiction, the Holiday season can be even more challenging than other times. There is an enormous amount of pressure on all of us during the holidays but some people need a little extra help to cope with the festivities. People in recovery are constantly aware of the triggers of relapse and do their very best to avoid them. However, it is not so easy to avoid social gatherings at this time of the year.


Ways Meditation can Help During Recovery

Meditation is possibly one of the best-known holistic practices. However, not everyone knows how meditation can help a person achieve long-term recovery from addiction. Here we take a closer look at meditation can act as a powerful tool for people overcoming substance abuse at all stages of recovery. Research shows that meditation and other mindfulness practices are extremely effective in addressing the emotional issues that often drive substance abuse.


Fun Fall Activities to Help You Stay Sober

Finding a way to stay happy and motivated to remain sober is a challenge for people after rehab. Everyone is different and so it is natural to expect that recovery is an individual experience. However, there are ways of forming alliances with others in recovery that can serve to boost morale in the fight against addiction. Here we take a look at some simple steps to take to bring back enjoyment into life and boost your commitment to change.


Stay Stress-free for Healthy Recovery

There are many reasons why a person becomes addicted to drugs and alcohol. Very often, the reasons lay in stressful situations and circumstances such as family conflicts, financial problems or health concerns. One of the most important aspects of rehabilitation treatment is to prepare people for a long-term recovery. Let’s take a closer look at how stress management can help protect an individual’s sobriety in recovery.


Stay Motivated During Recovery

When someone is working to overcome addiction, their motivation plays a crucial part. Motivation not only provides all the logical reasoning people need to heal, but also keeps them from relapsing further down the line. Although many people accept the importance of motivation in recovery, they are still uncertain as to what that means for them. Here we take a closer look at ways individuals can stay motivated and achieve long term recovery.