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How to Stay Sober on Vacation

With summer starting, many people will be heading off on vacation. It’s great to have a break from the normal routine and have a chance to relax. Vacation is also a good time for reflection and recharging so you can bring a fresh energy back to your normal life. The one caveat is that youRead More

Getting Sober is Harder than Staying Sober

Most people encounter cravings and temptations at some point in recovery. These can sometimes be intense. On top of that, your own mind can betray you and start inventing rationalizations that could only make sense in the grip of a craving. These tend to be arguments along the lines of “Just once won’t hurt,” orRead More

Progress, Not Perfection

“Progress, not perfection” is a phrase you will hear often in AA. It is a pocket version of this passage from the Big Book: “No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritualRead More

When Will Sobriety Feel Better than Addiction?

Addiction is one of those situations that get worse before they get better. Even if an addiction has become painful, it may still offer comfort, a refuge when things are bad. In recovery, that refuge is unavailable. Before that, you have to detox, which is never pleasant. Then, there’s the hard work of treatment–counselling, groupRead More

What to Do When You’re Sober and You Find Old Drugs

Ideally, when you come home from treatment, there should be no drugs in your house. Whether you got someone else to throw them out, or you did it yourself, getting all substances out of reach adds an extra layer of protection in recovery. Sometimes people think keeping something around in case of emergency will helpRead More

How to Repair your Immune System After Getting Sober

During active addiction, you may not have noticed frequent illnesses, but now that you’re sober, you may wonder why you’re sick all the time. Addiction often causes people to neglect their health and hygiene and engage in risky behavior. This can lead to greater susceptibility to illness. Alcohol, in particular causes immune problems by loweringRead More

How to Stay Sober During Baseball Season

It’s baseball season and the air at baseball games is always full of the smell of peanuts, hot dogs, and beer. If you’re newly sober and love baseball games, it’s good to take some extra precautions when most of the people around you will be drinking. Here are some ways you can stay sober andRead More

5 Ways to Stay Motivated in Recovery

Recovery, as they say, is a marathon, not a sprint. You get through one day at a time and try to stay focused. Early in recovery, you may feel some lingering effects from detoxing, and you might feel depressed or irritable as you adjust to living without drugs or alcohol, but you also have oneRead More

Staying Sober on St. Patrick’s Day

While drinking is a common feature of most holidays, there are only few where it seems to be the main event–New Year’s Eve, Mardi Gras, and St. Patrick’s Day. When you live in certain areas, just leaving the house puts you at risk of getting drunk. If you’re in recovery, St. Patrick’s Day can beRead More