Finding Local Community Options to Support Recovery

Recovery is a journey, and while you can develop effective tools during treatment, you’re going to need to be persistent to maintain recovery. Community options can provide a great way to help you explore new opportunities and continue growth in your recovery. However, knowing where to look can be initially overwhelming. While some practitioners are…

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Why The Twelve Steps Work When Other Programs Fail

Few rehabilitation methods can compare to the success of 12-Step programs. Research has shown that a 12-Step approach offers significant benefits for people recovering from substance use disorder (SUD). According to Social Work in Public Health, “[Alcoholics Anonymous] and [Narcotics Anonymous] participation is associated with a greater likelihood of abstinence, often for prolonged periods up…

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Adjusting to a Peaceful Life in Recovery

Healing from substance use disorder (SUD) involves emotional ups and downs. Some people feel uncomfortable during quiet moments because they have become used to constant emotional drama. Recovery requires finding balance, emotional stability, purpose, and peace within a sober space. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation states, “By practicing mindfulness to savor everyday pleasant activities, an individual…

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Why Forgiveness Is Important to Recovery

Founder of the Franciscan Order, Francis of Assisi, once said, “It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.” Many people believe that recovery cannot be fully achieved without forgiveness. There is a saying in the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous that refers to the dangers of resentment. To paraphrase, it is like hitting yourself in…

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The Power of Breathwork

The first yoga sutra of the teachings of the ancient Indian sage Patanjali states, “Atha Yoga Anushasanam.” This roughly translates to, “Now the practice of yoga begins.” This same message can be interpolated into recovery life. Every morning can begin by exclaiming, “Now recovery begins!” In recovery, it is good to stay in the day-to-day,…

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Crafting Your Recovery

Recovery from substance use disorder (SUD) involves learning new skills and adapting to overcome challenges. Leisure activities, hobbies, and experiential therapy can help people develop greater self-awareness and satisfaction during the healing process. According to Psychosomatic Medicine, “engaging in multiple types of leisure activities plays a role in buffering the negative psychological impact of stress.”…

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Adventure Therapy in the Mountains

Spirituality is integral to the recovery process for many people struggling with substance use disorder (SUD). Many aspects of treatment, including the 12-Step philosophy and experiential therapies, provide an opportunity for spiritual healing. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in one program that utilized The Twelve Steps, “21% of the…

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