Can Intimate Relationships Ruin the Recovery Process?

Can Intimate Relationships Ruin the Recovery Process?

Entering addiction recovery can feel like stepping onto a foreign planet. There are new people to meet, new rules to follow, and new emotions to experience. Imagine being in a place where you’re expected to change your entire life without knowing a single person in the room. For those of us who are starting treatment,…

Tips to Help Stop Intrusive Thoughts

Tips to Help Stop Intrusive Thoughts

Every day, we are at risk of experiencing intrusive thoughts. With thousands of thoughts per day, sometimes we don’t even realize they are there. The intrusive thoughts are the ones that are disturbing enough, we focus our attention to them. Our everyday life concerns make up 67% of our thoughts. We experience 18% of thoughts…

Tips for effectively speaking to someone about their addiction

Tips for effectively speaking to someone about their addiction

When it comes to speaking to someone with addiction problems, there are certain things that a person should avoid if they want to be effective in their conversation at all. Like any other problem a person faces, addiction can be a sensitive topic and one that is not easy to discuss. For someone who doesn’t…

6 realistic films about addiction

6 realistic films about addiction

Realistic films about addiction Movies can sometimes reflect aspects of our real life on the big screen. When a film achieves a sense of realism, the audience can feel understood or inspired. Although an estimated 20 million people in the United States are struggling with substance use disorder (SUD), making realistic films about addiction can…

Here’s how to tell your friends and family that you are going to rehab

Here’s how to tell your friends and family that you are going to rehab

Tell your friends and family that you are going to rehab Deciding to seek help with an addiction is not an easy task. The first steps on the road to recovery can be intimidating and overwhelming. Accepting that you need help is certainly one of the hardest parts of the treatment journey, but it is…

Creating boundaries with a loved one who has an addiction

Creating boundaries with a loved one who has an addiction

Healthy boundaries are an essential aspect of any relationship. When a person becomes addicted in this relationship, boundaries become critical. Borders are a way of protecting ourselves and maintaining relationships. They let other people know what we accept and what not in our life. When a person struggles with an addiction, they often burden others…

Manage expectations in early recovery

Manage expectations in early recovery

When it comes to the recovery process from addiction, several unrealistic expectations can arise early on. People in early recovery often go through the “honeymoon phase” where everything seems great and life will always be incredible now, and so on. This phase usually occurs after the “existential crisis” phase of withdrawal where everything seems terrible…

How to support a loved one in rehab

How to support a loved one in rehab

Going to rehab for an addiction is not an easy process. It can be an emotional roller coaster ride. While it is certainly something that can be very rewarding, it can also be something that can be very challenging. For this reason, it is always beneficial to have a support system at home to help…

Mother and son are getting their lives back

Mother and son are getting their lives back

My son is alive and well thanks to the addiction recovery program. My son had been on drugs for two years before I discovered it. He was a teenager and went out with friends a lot, so it took me a while to get along. The first sign that something was wrong was that he…

Nine lessons from nine years of sobriety

Nine lessons from nine years of sobriety

Photo by GSPictures / iStockPhoto.com Every year around this time, I like to look back on my life and reflect on the lessons I learned during my sobriety. On May 22, 2012, I went to a recovery center because of my alcohol addiction. Little did I know at the time that this one decision would…

The main advantages of residential rehabilitation

The main advantages of residential rehabilitation

While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to sobering up, certain things can give you a better chance of success. Some people can sober up even without the help of addiction specialists. While this may be a good path for some people, I believe that the best way for a person to lay a solid foundation for…

When it comes to addiction, the words we say matter

When it comes to addiction, the words we say matter

There is one subject around addiction that many people don’t think about, the words we use to describe addicts. Druggie, junkie, drunk, and Wine-O are all hurtful words sometimes used to describe people struggling with addiction. Many people don’t think twice about using these types of terms to represent another person. However, they are an…

The ten most important tips for conducting an intervention

The ten most important tips for conducting an intervention

If you are reading this, chances are that you have a loved one who has an addiction and that you are considering engaging in intervention. There is a good chance that you are likely to be nervous when confronting your loved one with their addiction. Perhaps you’ve already brought the subject up and it didn’t…

Living With a Recovering Addict – Dos and Don’ts

Living With a Recovering Addict – Dos and Don’ts

A family member or someone close to your heart has almost completed their substance abuse treatment and will soon be home. How should you act? What should you talk about? What are the dos and don’ts? Granted, it can feel uncomfortable at first. Maybe the last days together weren’t so great. Maybe you feel bad…

How addiction treatment can create hope

How addiction treatment can create hope

When people have hope, they are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as gambling, alcohol use, and drug experimentation. Conversely, people who have no hope feel like they have nothing to lose. When hopelessness sets in, people are more likely to participate in activities that they know are dangerous. How can inspirational hope…