“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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After Hurricane Irma: Relapse Prevention During Crisis

If there’s anything that can be a potential relapse trigger for those in recovery, it’s the thought of impending doom or facing a high-stress situation.

In active addiction, our minds would ping-pong between thoughts of overdue bills, withdrawal, broken or strained relationships, legal troubles, declining health, and other responsibilities that were crumbling. Temporary relief could be found in a bottle or a needle, again and again, until days turned into years…or decades.

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12-Steps vs. SMART Recovery: Which Recovery Program Should You Choose?

Finding a recovery program be a tremendous support, especially as you transition back to life after addiction treatment. However, recovery isn’t “one size fits all” so no one can really tell you what’s going to end up being the right fit for you, or even if you have to use just one.

Let’s look at the basics of SMART Recovery and the 12-Steps:

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Ending the Cycle of Chronic Relapse

Relapse is something all of us think about when we enter addiction treatment for drug or alcohol use. It’s a common problem among those who have decided to stop using. In fact, NIDA, or the National Institute on Drug Abuse, reports that as many as 60 percent of people who have been through addiction treatment will relapse.
Why?
Who’s to blame?
What can we do to lower these numbers?

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6 Things that Will Keep You Sober over the 4th of July

Each year on the fourth of July, celebrations of our independence begin. From New York to LA, you can count on backyard BBQs, red-white-and-blue, and thousands of firework displays. You can also count on parties, most of which feature alcohol as the main beverage. As a sober person, how do you enjoy the holiday without feeling like you’re missing out, or relapsing? Here are six solutions to your problem.

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