It’s that time of year again, the holiday season is fast approaching. This can be a time of great joy and excitement but it can also be a time of worry and stress. When it comes to the holidays many people have the tendency to overindulge whether it be with food, presents or alcohol…
When it comes to addiction recovery the most obvious step to take is to stop using drugs and alcohol. But this is really only the very beginning of the process. If the only thing a person does to try and treat addiction is to stop using then chances are the person’s sobriety will not be very stable.
When people think of the word “college” many things come to mind apart from the educational aspect. Parties, binge drinking and experimenting with drugs have all become a common aspect of the college experience. While not everyone drinks to excess or uses drugs during this time in their lives it can still be difficult to navigate the college lifestyle while living a life of sobriety.
One of the hardest things about quitting alcohol is the fact that so many people drink. It is so socially acceptable to drink that it almost seems more uncommon not to drink than it is to drink.
We should all strive to become lifelong learners and some of the most important lessons that a person can learn in life will come from life experience, not a textbook.
Every day in the news we are hearing about lawsuits with big Pharma, soaring overdose rates, and all of the negative consequences of the addiction epidemic the United States is currently facing.
It’s no secret that drug addiction wreaks havoc on the human body in a variety of ways. Most people who are caught up in addiction are not obtaining the optimum amount of nutrients. When the body is deprived of essential nutrients it cannot perform properly and will begin to deteriorate over time.
There is a big difference between just not using drugs or alcohol and living a life of recovery. In order for sobriety to become a sustainable lifestyle, it is important to develop new habits and recognize old behaviors that lead to substance abuse in the first place. When a person does not make a conscious effort to change their old patterns it becomes much more difficult to maintain a life of sobriety.
One of the hardest realities to face when first getting sober is owning up to the mess that was created from an addiction. At the beginning of my recovery, the gravity of my past hit me pretty hard and I wasn’t sure how I was going to move past all of it without drinking.
How does someone maintain their sobriety without going to meetings all the time? Here are a few ways that have helped many people go on to live productive and sober lives after living a life of addiction.