Have Fun Sober: 4 Ways to Spend Your Friday Night

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In the past, your idea of a fun Friday night might have involved binge drinking or taking pills. However, now that you’re on the path to recovery, these pastimes are no longer an option. We know a big part of staying sober is making sure you occupy your time and have fun. The reasons many people become addicted in the first place - stress, depression, and even boredom - can lead many people astray in their recovery. So, what else can you do to have some fun on the weekend? Here’s four entertaining suggestions that will keep you from relapsing.
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Four Reasons Why Alcoholism Isn’t Controllable Through Moderation

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Have you said or heard the following? “My drinking really isn’t a problem.” “I can stop any time I want to.” “I’m not addicted, I don’t have withdrawal.” These are some of the more common phrases said by those who don’t consider their use of alcohol a problem. Although many of these people are not losing their homes or their jobs due to addiction, there can still be side effects and outcomes that are harmful to their health and relationships, whether they identify their addiction or not. Those who use […]
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Recovery Tips: Are You in the Pink Cloud?

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For many, getting clean and sober brings a euphoria. The phase of early recovery, when someone experiences extreme happiness and excitement, is called the pink cloud. Some people call it the “honeymoon” phase. But it’s also a dangerous phase. Urban Dictionary (urbandictionary.com) defines the pink cloud this way: “12-Step recovery jargon referring to someone new who talks about how great life is, now that they’re sober. Usually meaning that the person is out of touch with reality.” The danger of the pink cloud is becoming complacent about working your program. […]
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White Collar Heroin – Danielle’s Story

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I sat in the back of a cop car thinking my life was over. Two state troopers were deciding what to do with me. I had been caught leaving an area of the city known for drugs, with a head2ight out, and no registration or insurance. I couldn’t spare the money to fix these problems. I knew better than to go at night, or alone, but I HAD to. Heroin Baggies: Why DID I Keep Them? I looked like absolute shit. I had used a few minutes before I got pulled over, […]
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Avoiding Alcohol Triggers During the Holidays

Avoiding Alcohol Triggers During the Holidays

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Holidays can be rough on everyone, but it always seems harder on the alcoholic trying to stay sober. There seem to be laser trip mines all over the place. Family and friends come together in unusual combinations that can provide a new level of anxiety for even the most experienced holiday veteran. Unfortunately, when an alcoholic has anxiety, they want to drink. So, when it comes to getting through the holidays sober, nothing can seem like a bigger challenge. Everyone has been known to use social lubrication to get through […]
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