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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

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

Sobriety and Social Media

If you are in recovery, you might want to consider taking a break from social media. People typically consider Facebook and Twitter harmless, but they may have hidden downsides, especially for anyone with a history of addiction. Here’s why. Social media is intentionally addictive. Facebook doesn’t make any money when you show your friends aRead More

How to Celebrate Sober

We always want to do something fun to mark a special occasion–birthdays, anniversaries, milestones, holidays, etc. Special occasions are, well, special, and the normal rules don’t apply. Normally, you might not spend 200 dollars on dinner, but if it’s your 10-year wedding anniversary, maybe it’s ok. It seems a shame to let a special occasionRead More

Why Sobriety Should Be Your Only Valentine This Year

With Valentine’s Day approaching, you might be seeing ads featuring happy couples–happy because they bought something expensive, probably. Or maybe it reminds you of past Valentine’s Days you celebrate with wine and romantic dinners. Seeing all these happy couples around Happy Couples’ Day makes some single people feel lonely or depressed. Now that you’re inRead More

Does the Alcohol Really “Cook Off”?

Many foods are cooked with alcohol. The common assumption is that the alcohol cooks off before anyone digs in. It’s a reasonable assumption, given that alcohol evaporates at a much lower temperature than water, but it’s not correct. Most food is heated at a temperature higher than 212 degrees fahrenheit–the boiling point of water. HowRead More

Do Your Likes and Dislikes Change After You Get Sober?

People worry about life after recovery. Addicts usually quit because they finally realize, for whatever reason, that their addiction is unsustainable, but often they don’t know what life in recovery will be like. Many fear they will never have fun again, because drugs and alcohol were always central to having a good time. Some peopleRead More