Who Am I? Rediscovering Identity In Recovery


In a nutshell, self-concept comes down to how each of us sees our own world. A person’s self-concept encompasses their whole belief system. From this foundation comes our ideas, our thoughts, our behaviors, and ultimately, our destinies. It’s no surprise, […]

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What’s a Halfway House?


Having a support network of friends, family, therapists and other caring individuals is endlessly helpful for avoiding relapse, but they can’t always be there for you—unless you’re residing in a halfway house. Residents in group homes are encouraged to interact […]

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Addiction Recovery For Teenagers


It’s not uncommon for teens to experiment with drugs and alcohol.  Our culture is steeped in the ideas of cultural rebellion and substance-infused parties. When casual use turns to abuse, that’s a problem. It’s far too easy for young bodies […]

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Staying Mindful


An adolescent recovering from drug and alcohol addiction who is mired in the skepticism and anger that is typical of the disease might quickly dismiss “mindfulness” as a new age fad that has no value in combating their cravings. Recovering […]

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Recovering from Relapse


An adolescent recovering addict’s therapists, sponsor, and fellow recovery group members can play an essential role in helping him to recover from a relapse. Unlike friends or family members who will not understand a recovering addict’s struggles, they will offer […]

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Avoiding Relapse During Crisis


Recovery is a process of gaining the awareness, tools, mindfulness, and skills to maintain sobriety through any of life’s circumstances. Life is not always easy. That is why one of the mantras in recovery mentions learning to “live life on […]

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Letting Go of Anger and Releasing the Past


Putting aside the struggles, anger, shame, and guilt associated with trauma, abandonment, abuse and neglect is difficult for anybody who has experienced such travesties. Nonetheless, letting go of negative emotions, like anger, is a critical part of healing. In order […]

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How Dopamine Affects the Relapse Trigger


Dopamine is one of several neurotransmitters that are produced in your brain and nervous system to respond to and regulate pleasurable stimuli. Dopamine’s role in drug addiction and alcoholism is prominent, including the risk of relapse. Man’s dopamine reward system […]

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What to Share at Recovery Support Meetings


Most recovery groups adhere to the same general guidelines. Primarily, these group meetings are open and welcoming. Not one group member will judge, criticize, or denigrate any other group member; additionally, any and all information shared within a group will […]

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Relationships in Early Recovery


Recovering from drug addiction or alcoholism and achieving genuine sobriety involves far more than just staying away from drugs and alcohol. Drugs and alcohol consume every aspect of life until they decide to get sober and enter recovery for their […]

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I first met Sayeh in November of 2013 just after my 15 year old daughter had been admitted to a residential treatment program. As part of the program I was required to attend 2-3 AlAnon meetings a week. Sayeh attended the same AlAnon meetings as well as Alumni events as I. It soon became apparent to me that Sayeh had a heart for recovery, program, and God. When I was encouraged to get a sponsor I didn’t hesitate. Dependable, respectful, kind and generous of spirit, she exudes an inner peace that I hope to achieve with her loving guidance, as I work my own program. She is patient, & full of wisdom that she is always happy to share with her sponsees and fellow parents. I am so grateful our journeys brought us together.

Megan
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