How to Get Everything You Can out of Therapy

Psychotherapy is an integral part of addiction treatment and recovery. Most people seeking help for addiction will also have a co-occurring mental health issues and these co-occurring issues have to be addressed for recovery to last. Often, treatment for mental health issues will persist long after initial treatment for substance use. Looking after your mental […]

6 Tips for Choosing the Right Therapist in Recovery

Therapy is a critical part of addiction treatment and recovery. At least half of people with substance use disorders also have a co-occurring mental health issue, such as depression, an anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, schizophrenia, or a personality disorder. These issues often drive addictive behavior and treating them is essential for a long […]

The Value of Compassion in Addiction Recovery

Compassion is a fundamental trait for addiction recovery and for life. Compassion literally means “to suffer together” and it has two basic parts: empathy for other people’s suffering and the deep desire to relieve that suffering. Compassion plays an important role in addiction recovery in the following ways. Self-Compassion Comes First Self-compassion is one of […]

How to Keep a Breakup From Endangering Your Recovery

While there are many emotionally challenging experiences, few are as common and as complicated as a breakup. A breakup can feel like rejection or betrayal. It overturns your whole vision of your immediate future. This turmoil is often compounded by practical issues like having to find a new place to live. The difficult nature of […]

2 Personality Traits That Make Recovery Harder

Personality comprises the traits that make us who we are. Whereas our knowledge, circumstances, beliefs, and behaviors typically change a lot throughout our lives, our personalities don’t change much after childhood. Your personality affects every aspect of your life—what kinds of jobs you’re good at, whether you’re likely to strike up a conversation with a […]

How to Keep Anxiety From Derailing Your Recovery From Addiction

Anxiety is a major risk factor for addiction. A large study of more than 43,000 adults found that among people with an anxiety disorder, about 15 percent also had a substance use disorder; that’s about twice the rate of addiction in the general population. And that study didn’t include post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, which […]

7 Ways to Get More Willpower in Addiction Recovery

One of the persistent myths about addiction and recovery is that it’s all about willpower. People think recovery is all about grit. However, if you’re relying on willpower alone, you probably won’t stay sober long. Many factors contribute to addiction, including genes, childhood environment, trauma, and mental health issues. A strong recovery typically requires therapy, […]

3 Ways Social Media Makes Recovery from Addiction Harder

Social media has become a daily part of life. According to research by Hootsuite, a social media management platform, about 88 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 use social media. And that number is only going to grow. Controversy in recent years has been growing around whether social media is good […]

Should You Quit Smoking When Recovering From Addiction?

You’ve probably heard the old joke, “What do you do if you can’t find your AA meeting? Look for the church with people smoking outside.” The chain-smoking, coffee-drinking recovering alcoholic is a familiar stereotype and there’s even some research suggesting it has a valid basis.  The Research A study of AA members in the Nashville […]

Is Caffeine Bad for Addiction Recovery?

AA meetings, and recovery in general, have long been associated with coffee and cigarettes. One study of AA members in Nashville, Tennessee found that there is quite a bit of truth to this stereotype. The study found that 88.5 percent of AA members surveyed drank coffee daily, compared to about 64 percent of Americans overall. […]