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How Important Is It to Build Friendships in My Support Group?

Support group friendships are essential, whether they are found within peer support groups or in other positive social circles. Those we call our peers are people who share some sort of characteristic with us. It could be a specific volunteer interest, a professional career, an age or even an illness. Generally we tend to associate with and relate to our peers. The sheer fact that someone is our peer, however, does...

Protecting Yourself from Alcohol in Recovery

Staying sober after addiction treatment can be a challenge, so protect yourself from alcohol to see long-lasting recovery Many people turn to addiction specialists for recovery help once they realize that a substance (be it legal or illegal) has become difficult to control and causes problems of one sort or another in their lives. Although degrees of addiction, sorts of substances used and other factors vary widely...

Physical Activity, Staying Busy and Living Sober

Sober living during addiction recovery might include playing sports and exercising Life after addiction is a special time to make decisions regarding your new style of life. Now that you are living drug-free, it is time to fill your schedule with rewarding activities while you continue maintaining your sobriety. The reason behind this is that idleness is a big risk factor for relapse. For example, a person who began...

Finding Purpose After Addiction

Rebuilding your family’s trust in you can be a life-long endeavor, but the rewards are well-worth the effort Finding purpose after addiction takes rediscovering your former passions and finding new reasons to keep moving forward in your recovery. Art, music, literature, gardening, building and playing an instrument are just a few of the things that might reignite passion after time spent in recovery. If the...

Accountability and Being Open About Your Recovery

Though it may be hard at first, being open about your addiction can lead to good sources of peer support that encourage progressive recovery Being open about your addiction and recovery can be intimidating. Stigmas and misconceptions of addiction still exist in some communities, which makes it hard for someone who is looking for peer support to find it without the fear of being rejected or categorized as a flawed,...

5 Ways to Make Amends for Past Mistakes

Making amends for mistakes is an excellent way to improve addiction recovery Life after addiction is a time not only to remain sober and overcome compulsions, but also to make amends for all the harm your behavior caused while you were seeking and using drugs. Yes, recovery involves more than just staying sober, so repairing broken bonds is an ideal way to stay on track. In its list of effective treatment approaches...

Will Insurance Pay for Aftercare?

Aftercare is reimbursable under most insurance plans Completing rehab signals the start of a new life and recovering addicts can feel proud of their accomplishments. At the same time, it is important to remember that getting through treatment is not the same as getting “cured” from prescription drug abuse. Addiction never disappears completely, and must be managed like any other chronic disease. According to the...

What Is Aftercare?

Aftercare programs help people transition back into the mainstream after treatment ends Rehab gives people a life-changing opportunity to improve their lives. It provides a second chance to regain health, rebuild relationships and rediscover passions and interests. At professional treatment centers, individuals detox from drugs and alcohol while learning new strategies and skills that can help them launch a future...

How to Maintain a Positive Attitude While in Recovery

With your recovery, not only will your own life improve, but so will the lives of your loved ones A positive attitude is a priority in addiction recovery, because recovery has many difficult and discouraging moments. When these moments do come, it is tempting to throw in the towel and to break your sobriety, but you must remember why you wanted to recover and how gratifying your life will be once you are drug-free....

Can Improving Interpersonal Communication Skills Help Recovery?

Improving how we interact and communicate with others can provide long-lasting healing and addiction recovery Our personality and behaviors are built, developed and reinforced through interpersonal communication and interaction. As Philip J. Flores writes, “Personality is almost entirely a product of a person’s interaction with others,” we have a basic need to be closely related to others, we seek approval...
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