person refusing brown liquor, staying sober in 2020

People struggling with substance abuse problems often find rehab programs help them travel down a path to recovery. Many people say that sobriety is a lifelong process. Staying sober can be a challenge, which is why recovering addicts must focus on staying sober in 2021. Staying Sober in 2021 Requires Rehab Inpatient and outpatient rehab programs…

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a former addict finding a job after recovery

Finding a job after recovery is something that plays a significant role. Reducing the likeliness of relapse after leaving rehab. For many individuals, entering rehab for several months at a time will require them to put their careers on hold. Others choose to have a fresh start by making a career change. Whatever the reason,…

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a woman eating a candy cane learning how to stay sober over the christmas holiday

It can be difficult to stay sober over the Christmas holiday. Christmas is a time to get together with friends and family. You may feel the temptation to drink. The holidays can bring on rough emotions, guilt and shame. You don’t have to feel this way, and you don’t have to drink. You can avoid…

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The annual holiday season brings stress to many people and even entire families. We all reflect fondly on this time of year, but also look forward to the season’s end to get back into a routine. If you’re newly sober, one concern you likely have is how to avoid relapse during Thanksgiving. Is this easier…

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Houston had enough flooding last spring to give anyone chronic ombrophobia (fear of rain). While the high waters have long since receded, periodic “flash flood watches” continue—as do nervous glances at the afternoon sky. Will we relapse into fear of rain? The Storms of Life Are Out to Get Me “At least Houston doesn’t have…

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After months of dealing with substance abuse and recovery, you may be up to your ears in sobriety advice. When you still didn’t want to hear it, everyone advised you to cut down or quit. When you began to seriously consider quitting, everyone recommended a different approach. And still, everywhere you turn, people air their…

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The quote “With great power must come great responsibility” may have originated as recently as the twentieth century, though many attribute it to the eighteenth-century philosopher Voltaire. Long before that, Jesus said, “Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required; and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask…

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The first known person to use the “eternal vigilance” quote—in that wording—was Wendell Phillips, speaking to the Massachusetts Antislavery Society in 1852. It follows that vigilance in sobriety follows the same vein as the quotes below. The sentiment is at least as old as the Founding Fathers: “They that can give up essential liberty to…

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a man thinking about his friend finding replacement addictions

If nicotine is among your old chemical indulgences, you’ve probably heard the line “quit smoking, get fat.” While many former smokers do gain a few pounds, that’s not always a bad thing. Nicotine is an appetite suppressant and also speeds up metabolism, which can lead to chain smokers becoming underweight. Unhealthy weight loss is even…

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a person working out as part of their relapse prevention plan

Following last week’s post on relapse triggers, this week discusses making an individual relapse prevention plan. If you’re in a 12-Step program, start by revisiting your self-inventory from Step 4. Highlight the factors that had the biggest influence on your turning to—and staying in—substance abuse. Asking Questions When Building Your Relapse Prevention Plan When doing…

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