A “Harmless” Addiction

No one starts using drugs and alcohol with the goal of becoming addicted. But addiction is a disease that affects how the brain operates by altering how dopamine is released and processed. Simply put, this change in the workings of the brain is what makes it so hard to overcome addiction. It is also what … Continued

Ways to Manage Chronic Pain as a Sober Person

Over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and if you are one of them, you know the profound effect it can have on someone‚Äôs daily life. Not only does being in a constant state of pain cause many individuals to become irritable and frustrated but it can also negatively impact their physical and mental … Continued

Could Smoking Cigarettes Cause a Relapse?

Recovery is difficult, which is why some people in recovery find comfort in smoking cigarettes. While many claim that cigarettes help them with cravings, stress, and anxiety, recent studies show that cigarette smoking hinders recovery rather than aids it. A study conducted by Columbia University¬†found that smokers were twice as likely as nonsmokers to relapse … Continued

Relapse Myths: How You Can Protect and Strengthen Your Recovery

The risk of relapse is one of the biggest concerns for a person in early recovery. You have probably heard many stories of relapse and may even know of individuals who have unfortunately experienced a relapse. This could have made you feel afraid about possibly relapsing yourself. But no matter what stage of recovery you … Continued

What to do If Your Sponsor Relapses?

Everyone knows that in recovery it is important to make sure that you have a sponsor to help you on your early road of recovery. They can quickly become your confidante as they share with you their personal experiences with living a life of sobriety. They even act as coaches who will keep you motivated … Continued