Habits For Sober People

The Healthy Habits Every Person in Recovery Should Have

by Stephen Langley One of my favorite summertime reads is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.  This wonderful story, narrated by an incredibly intelligent golden retriever named Enzo, ostensibly is written as a fictional novel having nothing to do with addiction or recovery.  That said, the author has filled this novel … Continued

personal empowerment

How Personal Empowerment Coaching Can Uncover the Authentic You

People in the grips of addiction often suffer from poor self-esteem and have a strong feeling of shame.  Oftentimes the need to numb these destructive feelings is a driving force behind their addiction, and when they make the decision to enter treatment, addressing the low self-worth and shame is key to a successful recovery journey. … Continued

Empowerment Workshop


By Stephanie Stanton, ABC Program Senior Coordinator One of my favorite parts of my job here at Mountainside is running the Personal Empowerment Group.  There, I have my greatest chance of inspiring others to practice self-care and connect to what’s really important to them.  Some of the topics we have covered in the group are:  … Continued

Simple ways

Simple Ways to Balance Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

In 1975, Dr. Herbert Benson published his landmark book, The Relaxation Response. He documented the many beneficial effects of meditation — lower stress levels, a reduced blood pressure and resting heart rate, and an overall increase in a sense of well-being. More recently, Biological Psychiatry published a new study that shows how mindfulness meditation can … Continued



One of our goals at Mountainside is to provide clients with opportunities for self-discovery — helping them to better understand themselves and to find the inner strength needed to live a life in recovery. Below is a poem written by a current client who shares his experience on our Change In Action, three-day, two-night, wilderness-based … Continued