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The Positive Effects of Sober Outdoor Activities

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If you are in recovery from a substance use disorder, sober outdoor activities can help you stay on track. Connecting with the outdoors helps reduce stress, depression, and anxiety, all of which are known risk factors for relapse. Outdoor activities can increase your sense of well-being as you enjoy nature either on your own or […]

Managing Expectations in Early Recovery

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A person is considered to be in the early stages of recovery for the first three to twelve months of sobriety. This time period is a critical stage in the recovery journey, as the highest incidence of relapse happens within the first 90 days of abstinence. Unsuccessfully managing triggers is one of the biggest threats […]

Why Healing the Body is Important to Recovery

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Eating disorders or misuse of drugs or alcohol can dangerously impact physical health. Eating disorders can lead to severe digestive issues, including malnutrition and starvation. Drugs and alcohol bombard the body with toxins, damaging organs, and weakening the immune system. Both substance use disorder (SUD) and eating disorder (ED) cause nutritional deficiencies which can compromise […]

Why Healing the Mind is Important to Recovery

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Successful recovery comes from the harmonious balance of mind, body, and spirit. Because every aspect of our physical being is interconnected, all aspects must be healthy in order to achieve a healthy whole. Multiple studies support the relationship between addiction and a struggling mind. Emotional trauma, depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, the mental damage from social […]

How COVID-19 is Affecting Our Country


COVID-19 continues to cause great loss around the globe, including the loss of loved ones, livelihood, financial and personal security, and more. Some of these losses may have long-lasting and possibly permanent effects. Loved Ones Dying Alone One of the most wrenching losses for many of us is the inability to be physically present with […]

Recognizing National Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month

April marks National Alcohol Awareness Month, an annual educational campaign begun by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence to highlight the dangers of alcohol misuse. Since alcohol is widely available and plays a central role in many American gatherings, it’s no surprise that chronic risky behaviors like binge drinking and drunk driving continue […]

How Does Sober Living Work?


Returning to daily life after completing intensive addiction treatment can be a challenging prospect and may be difficult to accomplish successfully without support. It is well known that going back to an environment filled with the same addictive triggers is a recipe for failure. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), between 40 […]

Understanding Aftercare

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What is Aftercare? Aftercare programs help people recovering from addiction issues transition from a structured inpatient or outpatient treatment program to a less structured environment. People in recovery who continue with individual, group, and family therapy and regularly participate in 12-step or other support groups have the greatest likelihood of successful long-term recovery. Completing a […]