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Eat These Foods to Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is being linked to more and more conditions. Conditions of particular interest to people in recovery include depression, heart disease, arthritis, and chronic pain. Inflammation is basically what happens when your body believes it’s under threat from a virus or bacteria. The immune system releases antibodies to attack the invader. The problem is, thereRead More

How Sleep Makes You Feel Better

It’s easy to underestimate the value of getting plenty of sleep. It’s the first thing to suffer when we have more obligations than time. And, after all, it’s not like you’re doing anything when you sleep, right? Well, you may be asleep, but your body is busy doing stuff it can’t do while you’re awakeRead More

Am I Addicted to Exercise?

Exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle. It is especially helpful in recovery. It strengthens the heart and lungs and helps the body heal. It reduces stress and helps alleviate anxiety and depression. As with everything else, though, you can take exercise too far. People sometimes become addicted to exercise, especially endurance exercise like runningRead More

How Spring Cleaning Can Declutter Your Life

Your immediate environment affects how you feel. If your place is a bit cluttered or messy, even if you’re used to it, you might feel slightly oppressed by it. Giving the place a good cleaning can help you feel better in a number of ways. First, it’s a good way to get rid of anyRead 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

Using Daily Affirmations to Strengthen Recovery

The thought of using daily affirmations may bring to mind Stuart Smalley sitting in front of a mirror saying, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and, gosh darn it, people like me,” but affirmations have a long history of helping people in recovery and they can help you too. One caution about affirmations is thatRead More

What is Poppy Seed Tea?

Poppy seed tea is a drink made from soaking poppy seeds. Technically, it’s not a tea because it is not made by steeping leaves. It is sometimes used as a traditional remedy for pain or diarrhea. More often in the US, people brew it as an alternative to opioids. Poppy seeds are legal to buyRead More

How is Addiction Related to Eating Disorders?

There is a large overlap between addiction and eating disorders. About half of people with eating disorders abuse drugs or alcohol and about a third of people who abuse drugs and alcohol have eating disorders. The reasons for this overlap are still subject to speculation and it has only been recently experts in the fieldsRead More

Athletes and Addiction

Athletes may not be the first group of people you think of as having problems with addiction, but they often face unique challenges that can lead to substance abuse and dependence. When most people think of athletes and drugs, the first thing that comes to mind is performance enhancing drugs, or PEDs, like steroids orRead More

What Jobs Have the Most Addiction?

There are some jobs that have higher rates of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction than the general population. There are several factors that contribute to these higher rates. What most of these jobs have in common are erratic hours, high stress, unpredictable pay, and a lot of travel or working away from home. OftenRead More