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7 Ways to Have Sober Fun this Summer

When the weather gets hot, a cold beer might seem pretty tempting, especially if you like grilling out or going to the beach. If you’re in recovery, it’s a good idea to find some ways to keep busy that won’t tempt you to drink. Here are a few suggestions for having fun in the hotRead More

How Do You Make Progress Without Making Comparisons?

Comparing yourself to others is a good way to sabotage your recovery. You may begin to resent others for doing well, when you should be happy for them. You may feel depressed or discouraged if you feel like you aren’t doing as well as everyone else. These comparisons are rarely meaningful anyway. No one hasRead More

5 Ways Your Drinking Affects Your Kids

Alcohol addiction doesn’t only affect you. It affects you family too, and especially your kids. It’s easy to forget that kids see the world differently from adults. Kids are dependent on their parents, so whatever you do becomes magnified. You may assume they don’t notice your drinking or don’t care, but they almost certainly do.Read More

How is Addiction Related to Loneliness?

Social isolation, especially in childhood, is a major predictor of addiction risk. People who are more isolated are at greater risk for mental health issues and addiction. People are fundamentally social beings and isolation isn’t healthy. People who are socially isolated have fewer resources for dealing with problems. Therefore, when things go wrong, it’s moreRead More

4 Goals for Addiction Recovery

Setting goals is an important part of recovery. Everyone knows she should do certain things–avoid bad influences, go to meetings, get plenty of sleep and exercise, and so on. In reality, making substantive changes is hard. It’s easy to put off some things and let others fall through the cracks. Making specific goals and trackingRead More

Can You Attend AA Meetings if You’re Addicted to Something Else?

People struggling with addictions other than alcohol sometimes want to know whether they can attend AA meetings. Usually, the reason for this comes down to the broad availability of AA meetings compared to other kinds of 12-step meetings. There may be only AA meetings in your area, or you may not like the NA meetingsRead More

How to Keep Yourself Accountable in Addiction Recovery

Accountability is important in recovery. If addiction has taught you anything, it’s that willpower alone doesn’t count for much. Willpower helps, to be sure, but it’s more of a stopgap than a long-term plan. Having a plan for recovery entails having some form of accountability. Ideally, you will have several levels of accountability, just toRead More

Why is Mixing Cocaine and Alcohol So Dangerous?

Cocaine and alcohol is a common combination. People often drink a bit, get tired, then do a bit of cocaine to bring them up and keep them going. On the other hand, drinking enhances the effect of the cocaine. Unfortunately, combining alcohol and cocaine is far more dangerous than using either substance alone. First, usingRead More

Why Acceptance is Important for Recovery

Acceptance is one of the most important skills to learn in recovery. Acceptance is the opposite of denial. Denial is refusing to acknowledge reality. No one refuses to accept good things. No one goes into denial over finding a parking space by the door or discovering her crush likes her too. Denial is for allRead More

Why Share at 12-step Meetings?

Sharing at 12-step meetings is an important part of recovery. While you can get some benefit from just attending meetings and listening, you will get more benefit if you share too. While it’s understandable to feel hesitant, especially at first, there are several reasons for you to pluck up the nerve to say your piece.Read More