Category: Health and wellness

The Health Benefits of Sobriety: An Exploration

January 16, 2018

Exploring the Benefits of Sobriety When alcoholics move towards recovery, one of the most powerful motivators for seeking treatment is understanding the health benefits of sobriety. It’s probably no mystery that drinking to excess takes a toll on a person's health and well-being. The adverse effects of alcoholism are well documented. Excessive drinking can lead to liver failure, heart problems, and cancer, among other serious health issues....

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Tips on How to Stay Sober & Avoid Triggers

January 18, 2018

Tips for Staying Sober The primary threat to relapse is exposing oneself to what's called "triggers." Triggers and addiction are directly linked. Despite this, the common reactions of craving, urges and relapse can be defeated. First, you have to develop the ability to identify the things that act as triggers that can lead to a relapse. The stress factors that can be a trigger can be simple or varies from person to person. The...

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Why is an AA Sponsor so Important?

January 19, 2018

The Importance of an AA Sponsor One of the most important choices you will make while in recovery is the selection of your AA sponsor. This is the person who will be there offer support and guidance to a sponsee, which in this case is you. A sponsor doesn't just guide you  through the AA program, but he/she is there to be a listening post. Being able to rely on a sympathetic ear can be particularly important when a recovering addict feels they are...

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5 Tips to Help You Finish Your Degree During Recovery

October 3, 2017

You can and probably should finish your degree, even when you're concentrating on your recovery. One major reason is the financial benefit; the more educated you are, the more likely you are to gain employment and increase your income.1 More than 37 million people have attended college but never earned a degree.2 Let's take a look at how to avoid becoming part of this statistic when you finish your degree during recovery. Tips to Successfully...

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How to Build Confidence in Recovery

February 6, 2018

How to Build Confidence in Recovery Self-esteem is the “feeling of having respect for yourself and your abilities; a confidence and satisfaction in oneself.” Although subjective, self-esteem is a value that only the individual can define from within themselves. People with high self-esteem hold themselves in high value; people with low self-esteem often feel inferior or unworthy. Building self-esteem is important for everyone, but especially...

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What Are the Health Benefits of Sobriety?

February 12, 2018

Examining the Health Benefits of Sobriety The health benefits of sobriety include improved focus, energy, memory and sleep. It can also reduce your risk for heart problems, liver problems and several types of cancer. It's a well-established fact that alcohol abuse causes long-term damage to the body. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, abusing alcohol has many nasty side effects. Impairment of the immune system,...

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Men's Sober Living

February 14, 2018

Men's Sober Living When considering options for sober living housing, the choice between co-ed or gender-specific sober living is a common consideration. The choice is very important. Men's sober living is, as the name implies, open only to men. There of course are female-only options and co-ed options. There are pros and cons to both considerations, depending upon who you ask. For the purpose of this article, we'll focus on what the experts say...

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How to Find an AA Sponsor

February 21, 2018

The Role of An AA Sponsor Most people already know that the role of 12-step sponsorship programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is to provide a support system for new individuals who are seeking sobriety. When an alcoholic or addict makes the decision to stop abusing drugs and alcohol, they need a strong support structure to increase their chances of success. The founders of AA realized this decades ago and created the...

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How to Stay Sober in Six Steps

March 13, 2018

Six Steps for Sobriety You’ve taken that first big step and stopped using substances, now what?  If you follow this advice on how to stay sober in six steps, you have a fighting chance. First, congratulations on getting clean! We all know how hard that is. If you're reading this, perhaps you were also smart enough to enter a sober living house. Congratulations on that too, because you've now greatly increased your chances of staying...

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What's Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and How Does It Work?

March 20, 2018

Most people know that addiction is a chronic, but treatable, condition. We also know that the right treatment is effective in helping people get sober and stay that way. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been around for some time, but let's dive deeper into this and other forms of therapy to find out which treatments are most helpful. There are many options, but the one that has proven time and again to be fundamental in helping treat addictions as...

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