Category: Getting Sober

Getting Sober

Moving Forward To Sobriety

Moving Forward To Sobriety

The past may have influenced where you are today, but where you want to be in terms of your sobriety tomorrow is up to you. No matter when, how, or why you started using or abusing drugs, at one point it became a learned behavior.  You may have learned about drugs in your own family.  …

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Remaining Active In Recovery

Staying Active in Recovery

The people you surround yourself with may influence your recovery or hasten a relapse. The people that surround you are a reflection of yourself. When you leave treatment, you are no longer the person you once were, but are instead a brand new version of yourself. If you go back and hang out with the …

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How Lonliness Can Threaten Sobriety

Lonliness in Recovery

The belief that people need other people is a universally accepted concept. It has become a gold standard in recovery programs: Don’t get too lonely. Non-alcoholic members of the psychiatric profession tend to equate loneliness with boredom. If there is any one thing that must be included in the alcoholic’s life before he can once …

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Anhedonia: Not Feeling Pleasure In Sobriety

Anhedonia

One of the major reasons why people relapse, especially in early recovery, is due to anhedonia and therefore a subsequent lack of knowledge of this issue . The best way to describe anhedonia is a state of ‘blah’.  A current dissatisfaction with sobriety or somebody’s current reality.  Anhedonia consists of two primary factors: The first …

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How PTSD and Substance Abuse are Connected

Addiction Trauma PTSD

Traumatic events can leave a person feeling unstable long after the event has passed. Sometimes trauma can cause post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.  PTSD occurs when trauma and associated feelings are not resolved. Symptoms of PTSD include sleep disturbance, nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety and depression, excessive fears, impulsivity and addictive behaviors. People with unresolved trauma often …

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Addiction Recovery Options

Addiction Recovery Options

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to achieving a sustained recovery from addiction as everyone develops their addiction for unique biological, psychological and social reasons. The harm that addiction causes is specific to each individual too. Successful treatment incorporates multiple components targeting particular aspects of the illness and its consequences. The first step however, is abstinence. For …

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