How to Party Without Alcohol

You have just hit a recovery goal! Whether it is one week, one month, or ten years from now, you deserve to celebrate! It does not matter what you are abstaining from or why you chose to, you can still get your funk on without alcohol or drugs. The best part about celebrating while sober [&hellip…

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Escaping Our Escape

For many of us, we simply wanted an escape. Whether it was to stop feeling our pain or simply to feel better, our first drink or pill or smoke or whatever was an effort to escape our reality. Which was maybe great the first time. Or perhaps for any number of times after that. But [&hellip…

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Mindful Meditation Through Dharma

Steps Recovery likes to include all aspects of life within your treatment. Often, those seeking recovery are on a journey of self-rediscovery while building a life free of substance use and abuse. Dharma is a Buddhist principle of coming to understand the true nature of reality within yourself. It is mindfulness practice taught to help [&hellip…

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A Music-Centered Recovery

Music has the power to lift and heal like nothing else in this world. It makes us want to sing, dance, or play along with our own instruments. It also helps to reinforce new thought processes and habits. We can explore our own music, too, by writing songs about our journey or learning a new [&hellip…

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Why is it So Hard for Us to Ask for Help?

Why is it So Hard for Us to Ask for Help? When we’re struggling with emotional and behavioral issues like addiction and mental illness, sometimes the hardest thing to do is ask for help, even when we need that help to get better. We can have a tough time reaching out for support, confiding in [&hellip…

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Is Cannabis Addictive?

Mary Jane, Weed, Marijuana, Hemp, Dope, Pot, Grass, Cannabis. The debate has been all over the news for years now. The uses of cannabis have been discussed, and studies have popped up everywhere about its consumption. Illegal or not, the fact still stands that it can be an addictive substance. Cannabis is the most frequently [&hellip…

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When Mom Doesn’t Know Best

When we think of a stereotypical addict, the last image that comes to mind is a mom. Mom always knows best. She is there for us no matter what and is our caregiver throughout our lives.  But moms can struggle with addiction just like the rest of us. The difference is when mom is running [&hellip…

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Dual Diagnosis: Anxiety and Substance Use

You are curled up in a little ball on the floor, shaking inside and out as a wave of anxiety washes over you. You are afraid and do not know how to handle the situation, so you grab a bottle of alcohol, hoping it will help you relax. One bottle turns into two and two [&hellip…

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Can I Really Do This?

The effects of addiction can be overwhelming. Not only are our bodies completely consumed by our substance use, but our minds are, too. Addiction impacts every aspect of our lives – our families, friends, social life, school or work, and our self-esteem. And addiction even eats away at our souls and our spirituality. Given that [&hellip…

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What to Do if an Overdose Occurs

You have gotten your drug. You are satisfying your body’s desire for it, but then the worst happens, you overdose. Overdose is when you receive an excessive amount of your drug than your body can handle. Last year, in 2018, 68,500 Americans died of drug overdoses. Nobody wants to overdose, and almost everyone is going [&hellip…

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