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How Do I Socialize Without Alcohol?

Alcohol is so common in our culture that you may feel like sobriety will turn you into a recluse. That can be a serious impediment to recovery. If you are a very social person, it might threaten an important aspect of your identity. Even if you aren’t particularly social, you need social support in recovery.Read More

Dealing with Boredom in Recovery

If there is one thing you don’t want in recovery, especially early on, it’s boredom. When you’re bored, you look around for something to do, and some of the things that occur to you won’t be helpful. Think about how many times you got drunk or high because you had nothing better to do. BoredomRead More

Is it Normal to Dream About Relapsing?

Relapse dreams are common in recovery. When you consider the nature of addiction, it would be surprising if they weren’t common. If you had spent years of your life primarily thinking about one thing, quit that thing, then never thought about it again, that would be very strange. Addiction changes your entire way of thinkingRead More

“Selfish” vs. “Self-seeking” Behavior

Under Step Four– “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves”– in the Big Book of AA, there is a passage that often makes people scratch their heads: “Putting out of our minds the wrongs others had done, we resolutely looked for our own mistakes. Where had we been selfish, dishonest, self-seeking, and frightened?”Read More

Is it Normal to Crave Sugar After I Stop Drinking?

It is common for people to stop drinking and realize later they have started eating a lot of sugar. Part of the problem is addiction transference. This is sometimes described as addiction whack-a-mole–you get a handle on one addiction and another one pops up. Sometimes it’s gambling, sometimes it’s porn, sometimes it’s exercise, and sometimesRead More

Addiction and Counselling

Counselling is an important part of treatment and recovery. Many people think recovery is about abstinence–once you detox, you are clean and now you are in recovery. You might be in recovery, but probably not for long. Addiction is certainly a problem but it’s usually not the problem. Most of the time, there is someRead More

What is a Dry Drunk?

“Dry drunk” is an AA term that refers to someone who has quit drinking but hasn’t done any of the steps. It could also refer to someone who started out well, got complacent and started to backslide but hasn’t yet relapsed. This is typically someone who lives with all the stress, anger, and resentment sheRead More

Opioid-induced Hyperalgesia

Opioid-induced hyperalgesia, or OIH, is a problem that sometimes occurs with long-term, high-dose opioid use where an opioid paradoxically creates a higher sensitivity to pain. OIH is often mistaken for tolerance. The two conditions are often difficult to distinguish because clinical pain evaluation typically relies on a one-to-ten scale, which doesn’t distinguish between kinds ofRead More

How Many Recovering Addicts Relapse?

Relapse is extremely common in recovery. About two thirds of people relapse within a year of leaving treatment. The good news is that the longer you stay in recovery, the longer you are likely to stay in recovery. If you make it a year, your chances of relapse fall to less than half. If youRead More

Every Sober Day is a Win

People in recovery often downplay their time sober. They say things like, “I’ve been clean for seven days. I know it’s not much compared to some people.” The impulse to downplay is understandable. You may feel defensive. You may have tried to get sober before and relapsed. You might be competitive and feel the needRead More