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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What’s Included in the Extended Care program at Sustain Recovery?


Extended care services provide a critical buffer between the initial stay at a residential inpatient treatment facility and returning home. Young adults and adolescents suffering from drug addiction are put at an disadvantage if they quickly return to their old […]

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Importance of Healthy Eating for Recovery


High-octane fuels can clean the junk out of your car’s engine and help make your car run better. Likewise, a healthy diet can help to reverse some of the effects of drugs and alcohol. Maintaining a balanced diet full of […]

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5 Reminders to Keep You Sober


First, remind yourself that relapse happens, but it doesn’t have to. Relapse is a process, just like recovery. It is often said that the drink happens long before the drink. If you notice your program of recovery is lacking, you […]

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Repairing Reputation and Credibility through Recovery


Young adults and adolescents today face enormous pressures of perfectionism. Social norms and cultural expectations are outlined through thousands of media advertisements each day. In the beginning stages of developing their sense of self, young people are inundated with messages […]

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Sustain Recovery changed my life in a way I never considered remotely possible. I arrived in a place where I knew nobody. Sustain Recovery gave me tools so that I never had to be alone again. I learned how to live like an adult and have genuine relationships with other human beings. I gained a sense of self respect, love, and pride from the challenges I was given by staff. I was able to work through the recent loss of my father and I achieved my goal of not taking any psychiatric medication.
I learned that life is an endless balancing act. I have to continually work on myself and my relationships with the people in my life. The staff at Sustain Recovery are all incredibly experienced and spiritual. They were available to me whether I wanted their help or not. Through their efforts and experience, I experienced the inner workings of having an intimate, loving relationship with a loving creator.
Sustain Recovery is “home” for me. I discovered a loving, caring family that helped launch me to a place I would have never dreamed and, if I would have dreamed it, I would never have believed I would be able to accomplish it.

K.C.
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