Dating In Recovery: 4 Questions to Ask Yourself

So you’ve begun to get the cravings under control and are starting to rebuild your life. You’re changing habits, changing your thinking and feeling hopeful about the future. As you begin to find more enjoyment throughout your days, you might also be thinking it would be nice to have someone to share all these beautiful things with. But before you jump head first into dating, or a relationship, you need to ask yourself if you’re really ready for dating in recovery. While finding that special someone to share your life with has many benefits, it’s also a big responsibility. Below are four questions to help you decide whether it’s time to write dating into this chapter of your life.

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How to keep your New Year’s resolutions to quit drinking and drugs

Achieve your New Year’s resolution to quit drugs and alcohol

While it’s customary to begin the new year with resolutions large and small, the hard reality is that 33% of resolutions survive the end of January and only 8% of people keep them overall. But it doesn’t have to be this way. By following certain approaches, you can boost your chances of success in the new year. Whether you want to stop using drugs and alcohol, begin or re-dedicate yourself to the journey of recovery from addiction, the strategies below can help you succeed.

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Connection Can Strengthen Your Recovery

Whether they’re with family or friends, relationships can help you stay healthy. 

Now that the holidays have passed, many of us feel relieved to be done with those obligatory get-togethers and other social functions (Zoom or otherwise). But despite the cookies, and perhaps the cocktails, all that socializing isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, connection can strengthen your recovery from substance abuse or mental health conditions, and even help with physical wellness. 

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A “Real Housewife’s” Journey to Sobriety

Certain experiences become pivotal moments that change the course of an individual’s life forever. It may be as tragic as a car accident that leaves the driver permanently paralyzed. Or as inspiring as meeting a musician whose work you admire. Or as empowering as it is to walk each day in sobriety after years of struggling with an alcohol use disorder (AUD). Achieving long-term sobriety is commendable. It can be achieved through social support, professional detox, treatment, and a dedication to renewed sobriety even after moments of relapse should they occur.

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Ending Stigma

Addiction professionals say they’re working toward ending stigma surrounding addiction, but they also tend to promote addiction as a disease. These activities are contradictory. By promoting addiction as a disease they play into the general tendency to perceive in-groups (“normies”) and out-groups (those with the disease). Instead of emphasizing that “addiction is a chronic brain disease” or “treatment works,” the following ideas, depending on the context, would make much more helpful and less stigmatizing messages:

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A Note on New Year’s Resolutions and Accountability

Our Addiction Rehab Center Dives into the Idea of New Year’s Resolutions

How many of us make New Year’s resolutions?
Well, like most estimates, it depends who you ask. According to Statisticbrain.com, 45 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions. Forbes estimates about 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Just as a comparison, only about 33 percent of us watch the Super Bowl. Seems odd doesn’t it? More of us make New Year’s resolutions than watch the Super Bowl!

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5 Reasons the Holidays Are the Perfect Time to Get Treatment

Start the new year right by getting the help you need at the end of 2021.

The holiday season is officially here in the United States. Although the holidays are meant to be full of joy and celebration, there’s a darker side to the holidays as well. They can bring up repressed feelings of disconnection, disappointment or angst. Constant social engagements — usually fueled by an open bar — can highlight problematic drinking or substance abuse patterns.

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How Long Will I Be in Recovery?

When someone attends treatment for a substance abuse disorder, it can feel like a relief to the individual. But it doesn’t matter if the treatment lasts 30, 60, or 90 days. It’s only one step on the path to a lifetime of recovery.

Recovery is not the same as addiction treatment, nor is it the same as being sober. Instead, recovery is a process defined when someone has stopped using addictive substances and has moved on to live a productive life, including improvement in self-care, enhancing their health and wellness, and adopting healthy stress management techniques.

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Netflix Miniseries Mentions Rational Recovery

In September 2021, Netflix released a seven-episode miniseries that mentions Rational Recovery (RR) as an alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in episode II (starting in minute 46). Ironically, the mention of RR occurs in a very small (two-person) AA meeting. The pro-RR speaker is required to attend AA as part of parole, but he objects to AA’s powerlessness and God-centered approach. He prefers RR’s addictive voice recognition technique and the idea that he could take charge of his own behavior.

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Why are Support Groups for Families of Drug Addicts Important?

Learn about the ways that addiction can impact the whole family and how our addictions recovery center can help.

The drug crisis in the US today is highly troubling. In 2014, 8.5% of the US population was suffering from a substance abuse disorder. Less than half of those received treatment within the next year. If you have a family member who is struggling with an addiction, you can offer support by seeking treatment.

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