Category: Recovery Resources

11 EARLY RECOVERY LESSONS. DO YOURSELF A HUGE FAVOR AND STICK TO THE FACTS.

11 EARLY RECOVERY LESSONS. DO YOURSELF A HUGE FAVOR AND STICK TO THE FACTS.

 Early recovery is a time of healing, discovery, and rebuilding. It is also confusing, frustrating and challenging. One thing to remember is you didn’t end up dependent on substances overnight. The negative consequences you have experienced because of your substance use are going to take time to overcome.You are going to have to make a concerted effort to make changes, practice good decision making, and avoid relapse. Understanding how your substance use has affected you physically, mentally and spiritually and being willing to follow direction and do the work, will...Read More
QUICK TRICK TO VISUALIZE WHAT YOU WANT YOUR LIFE TO LOOK LIKE. REFRAME THINKING TO SET LONG-TERM GOALS.

QUICK TRICK TO VISUALIZE WHAT YOU WANT YOUR LIFE TO LOOK LIKE. REFRAME THINKING TO SET LONG-TERM GOALS.

In early recovery you are encouraged to think about the future. You are asked to identify characteristics you want to possess, what is important to you, what kind of job you want, how you’d like your relationships to be, and how you would like to interact with the world.You take a close look at the consequences of your substance use and how you are going to go about fixing them.Short, medium and long-term goals are puzzled out. You exit treatment with an aftercare plan and new coping skills.DISCOVERYFirst you have...Read More
CLEAN AND SOBER – WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU IS A CHANCE AT A LIFE YOU DESIGN

CLEAN AND SOBER – WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU IS A CHANCE AT A LIFE YOU DESIGN

 It is impossible to explain to someone in the middle of addiction what the benefits of getting clean and sober are. There is a reason that their substance use has spiraled out of control, continues to progress, and results in the cold and stark fact that to feel normal substance use has to occur.There are unlimited scenarios involving addicts resisting treatment, but ultimately you will end up there . Understanding some of the difficulties you might face trying to get someone you care about into treatment will give you a better...Read More
RECOVERY MYTH – YOU CAN’T FORCE SOMEONE INTO TREATMENT

RECOVERY MYTH – YOU CAN’T FORCE SOMEONE INTO TREATMENT

 This is a minefield of opinion. But, yes, you can force someone into treatment. Whether they stay in treatment or remain clean and sober is another thing. HOW PEOPLE GET TO TREATMENTPeople are forced into treatment by the criminal and family court system all the time. There are special drug courts and outpatient programs that monitor clients over 18 months or so. There is also the 28 day stay at an inpatient if the courts so require.There are also probation and parole requirements that must be met that can include half-way...Read More
ABSOLUTELY GENIUS GIFTS TO EXCITE SOBER AF WOMEN – BE THAT PERSON THAT KNOCKS IT OUT OF THE PARK

ABSOLUTELY GENIUS GIFTS TO EXCITE SOBER AF WOMEN – BE THAT PERSON THAT KNOCKS IT OUT OF THE PARK

 Buying gifts for people in recovery will be a challenge if you are the type to only gift bottles of alcohol or alcohol related items. That gets old after a while. Want to make an impression? Gift something unique, out of the box, unusual, or right on point.Putting a bit of thought and effort into the equation will show your friend that you do indeed pay attention to their dreams, their current needs, and a way to spoil them. Spend some time to thoughtfully select something that will brighten their...Read More
FIVE STAGES OF GRIEF ARE THE SECRET TO COPING WITH LOSS

FIVE STAGES OF GRIEF ARE THE SECRET TO COPING WITH LOSS

 THE BEGINNINGThe stages of grief were first introduced in 1969 in the book On Death and Dying by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross that chronicled terminally ill patients.Since then the 5-stages of grief model has been adopted by the psychological / self-help community as the standard for identifying and processing grief and loss in its many forms.Of note is that the stages are dynamic, you may progress through the steps in order or bounce around throughout them until you finally come to terms with your loss. Understanding what the stages represent will help...Read More