Anxiety: What to Do When Panic Sets In

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Feeling nervous about an experience or upcoming event is normal. Nervousness is the fire inside pushing us to try new things and enact new experiences. Our nerves tell us something is new, exciting, and a little scary because it’s unknown. But what happens when that feeling of nervousness extends beyond “normal” nervousness and enters into […]

Finding Equilibrium: What to Expect During Recovery

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When it comes to getting clean and sober, you always hear stories, opinions, and suggestions surrounding mental health, but what about our physical health? How do we focus on the thing that is keeping us alive? Our bodies are truly magical, and we see the real magic after we have abused it for years with […]

Recovery Is a Full-Time Job

Recovery Is a Full-Time Job

When we talk about our recovery journey, everyone’s story will be different, but one thing that rings true for everyone is that recovery is a process that begs our full attention. Think about it this way: you can’t be a little pregnant in the same way you can’t be a little clean or a little […]

Talking to Family and Friends About Your Recovery

Talking to Family and Friends About Your Recovery

When we are in pain, it can be difficult to find the right words to reflect how we feel. It can be especially tricky when we have suffered from a relapse along our mental health journey, but communication is the bridge between the whole of humanity. We can’t expect people to assume how we feel […]

Transitioning Towards Healthy Coping Mechanisms

Transitioning Towards Healthy Coping Mechanisms

We’ve probably all heard the term ‘coping mechanism’ especially if we’ve been in treatment before. Coping mechanisms are behaviors we enact in moments of tension, stress, and trauma. When we are struggling with addiction, we can teach ourselves negative coping mechanisms such as drinking after a bad day or spending time with someone who isn’t […]

People-Pleasing and Self-Worth

People-Pleasing and Self-Worth

Change, especially when it comes to honoring our mental health and removing addictive patterns, means shifting multiple facets of our lives. This could look like removing people who we were once close with, removing ourselves from certain situations, even removing ourselves completely by moving our homes or changing jobs.  While these literal and figurative moves […]

Stress Can Harm Addiction Recovery

Stress Can Harm Addiction Recovery

We’ve all experienced stress in some way or another: an intense amount of pressure can build up within us, causing us to experience backaches, stomachaches, headaches, frustration issues and more. In fact, previous studies have explored the issue of stress and have found that the political climate, along with work expectations and financial issues, are […]

Building a Stronger Sponsorship

Building a Stronger Sponsorship

Sponsorship can be a bit of a nerve-wracking experience, especially if you’ve never had a sponsor before. You’re probably not used to having someone you can talk to and lean on in recovery – and now that you’re beginning the process, it can be a bit overwhelming because of the possibilities and challenges that come […]

Try These 5 Things to Support Better Health and Fitness Around the Holidays

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The holiday season is a time for people to get together and celebrate the new year coming and the one behind. Everyone has their own celebrations but it is a tricky balance for people in recovery. You may be wanting to work on overall health and fitness while staying sober, but all the food and […]