How Writing Can Help Keep You Sober

There are many lifestyle changes that can help you sustain recovery from a substance use disorder. These include treating mental health issues, spending time with supportive people, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep. There are also supporting practices that can help you stay positive, stay focused on recovery, and understand yourself better. These […]

Managing Stress for a Strong Recovery

Stress and addiction have a complicated relationship. Stress has a major influence on addiction risk and relapse risk so understanding stress and how to manage it are crucial for staying sober long term. Broadly speaking, stress is any sort of demand put on your body or mind. When you think of stress, the first thing […]

Why Emotional Intelligence is the Core of Addiction Recovery

In recent decades there has been a growing awareness that cognitive intelligence–as measured by IQ tests–is not a reliable predictor of success in life. Although it certainly helps to have some of the talents measured by IQ tests, such as mathematical ability, spatial awareness, and verbal acuity, these talents don’t amount to much unless you […]

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 […]

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. […]

How to Make Exercise Part of Addiction Recovery

We all know that exercise is good for our physical health but an increasing volume of research is showing that it’s great for good for our mental health as well. One large study looked at data from more than a million people and found that those who exercised actually had 43 percent fewer days of […]

The Power of Gratitude in Addiction Recovery

The Power Of Gratitude In Addiction Recovery

Recovery from addiction isn’t only a matter of abstaining from drugs and alcohol; it’s about feeling good about your life without drugs and alcohol. Recovery is a holistic process that involves mind, body, and spirit. Psychotherapy plays a major role in recovery, as do healthy lifestyle changes such as getting plenty of quality sleep, eating […]

Why is Suicide So Prevalent in Young People?

Why Is Suicide So Prevalent In Young People

If you’re struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  Among the mental and emotional health issues affecting children and young adults, suicidal thoughts, impulses, behaviors, and attempts are debilitating and painful to cope with. When a life ends in suicide, families, friends, and loved ones are left devastated, […]