“I Tried to Stay Sober After Detox” and Why This Doesn’t Usually Work

Staying Sober After Detox

Deciding to give up alcohol or drugs is the first step toward recovery. If you’ve been through detox, you may be wondering why you can’t just stop here. Why do you have to spend additional time in a drug treatment center —a.k.a. ‘rehab’? Will it really make all that much of a difference?
Right now, you feel good.
Your head is pretty clear and you’re able to make the right choices to keep you on the path toward recovery.
…or are you?

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No One is Too Far Gone: Help for the Chronic Relapser

Helping the Chronic Relapser

Addiction can be a complicated and sometimes chronic condition. It can span through decades of a person’s life. For the chronic relapser, addiction can completely change who they are and how they live. It’s the reason so many people struggling with addiction find themselves without a job, home, friends or family. Drug seeking behavior becomes the only motivation, while everything else is cast aside. While studies show that a large number of individuals relapse within the first four years after treatment, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are steps that can be taken to help not only the one-time relapse but the chronic relapser.

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Relapse Prevention: Staying Sober During The Holidays

Want to know how to stay sober during the holidays? This is not going to be one of those articles that tells you to plan out every minute of every day and make yourself accountable for all of your time.
That’s not realistic.
We all have unforeseen things that occur and feelings that seem to well up out of nowhere during the holidays. Part of it stems from the nostalgia of the season. Many of us envision the holidays as a time of family-togetherness. We might be missing what we used to have or maybe we’re longing for something we wish we had.

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Are You Headed for an Alcohol or Drug Relapse?

Alcohol or drug relapse doesn’t have to be a part of your recovery journey, but for many, a return to that old way of life, old choices and old habits sometimes occurs. The first thing to realize if you or a loved one has recently relapsed is that you haven’t lost all the tools you’ve gained while you were walking in recovery.

Some of us get so consumed with shame and guilt after an alcohol or drug relapse that we act as if we are truly at square one. Although we may have strayed from a solid path of recovery and allowed compromise to sneak in, relapse can be a good lesson in powerlessness, and you can bounce back stronger than ever.

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What To Do When Your Sponsor Relapses

I’ve had the same sponsor throughout the entirety of my recovery. Maybe you have too. My sponsor did more than just take me through the steps. She reminded me, through her daily walk, of the person I was called to be.  She has been an example of strength, freedom and wisdom for me. I didn’t call her daily, but she was always there when I needed her.
The sponsor / sponsee relationship is strong. So, how do you handle it if your sponsor relapses?

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5 Self-Awareness Exercises that Promote Recovery

Habits can be helpful or hurtful. Many of my daily habits help to promote recovery on autopilot. Everything from making my bed in the morning and feeding my dog and reading my daily devotions with my first cup of coffee. I used to think these were the signs of a boring life, but today I realize that my former highly impulsive behavior was just trying to protect it’s place in my life. My life can be highly fulfilling and exciting without the chaos of impulsive behavior. 

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