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Explaining an Alcohol-Free Home

If you’re like many sober people, you know how difficult it can be to explain to family members and friends why you choose to keep your home alcohol-free. Just because the adult members of your family don’t drink doesn’t mean you can’t entertain, however — yet announcing “my family doesn’t drink” seems a bit blunt.…

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Stress Management and Addiction Recovery

Now that you’re sober, you worry your high-pressure job will end in a return to substance abuse. You’re tired of the same old stress relievers, though, and desire to live the more balanced, satisfying lifestyle you were promised when sobriety became your priority. The good news is that stress and drug abuse or stress and…

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The Cycle of Addiction

When you grow up around addiction, life is not always easy. Your relationship with your parent or loved one is fraught with tension. Your loved one may be unreliable or unreachable. They may show generous love and then take it away. They are so conflicted by their struggle with addiction that they cannot love themselves,…

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What is Rehab Really Like?

If you are thinking about going to rehab, but you’re concerned about what residential recovery is really like, you’re not alone. Many people resist getting the help they need out of fear of the unknown. You might be worried about the side effects of detox. You might be overwhelmed by not knowing how you’ll spend…

How To Tell Someone You're an addict.

How to Tell Someone You’re an Addict

It’s a first date, or you have to go to a holiday party for work. Maybe it’s a high school reunion, or you’re simply out to dinner with new friends. You can say no to alcohol or drugs without embarrassment, provided you’re prepared with well-practiced responses and a prearranged escape plan. If You’re Still Using…

Using Mobile Apps to Stay Sober

Using Mobile Apps to Stay Sober

Health-related apps do everything from helping people lose weight to training for a marathon. Did you know there are mobile apps that can help you stay sober, too? One new app under development, called A-CHESS, keeps users on the path to sobriety with regular texts, phone calls, and alerts. Today’s best technology may one day…

Staying Sober in a Pro-Alcohol Society

Staying Sober in a Pro-Alcohol Society

Drinking alcohol is a legal and popular pastime in the United States and around the world. Alcohol, it seems, is everywhere — from your favorite restaurant to the fridge in your brother’s house, learning to fit in and feel comfortable in a pro-alcohol society is essential for the recovering alcoholic. Although living a sober lifestyle…

How to Stay Sober and Beat the Winter Blues

How to Stay Sober and Beat the Winter Blues

If your mood steadily declines during the colder, darker winter months, you are not alone. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a recognized problem around the world, and countries that have fewer average hours of daylight often have higher rates of alcoholism and drug abuse. The good news is that you can beat the winter blues without…