The best time to make a reliable plan to exit from any potential relapse situation is when you’re clean and sober. Don’t wait to make a plan during a crisis. Definitely don’t make a plan when you’re high on drugs and alcohol. That’s the worst time to be rational and reasonable. Plan to stay sober while you’re already sober. Here’s a basic three-step exit plan.
When we use the concept of wanting what someone else has, it can be used to describe the positive defense mechanism of identification. This article links together a classical psychological defense mechanism with a trait that works well in stable recovery. Read the full article.
All forms of therapy require action to be effective. Without action, there’s only talking. Talking alone doesn’t change behaviors. True behavior modification is done through repeated action. Read this short article about the value of action in recovery.
What’s waiting for you when you get home? Are you being honest about what’s hiding around your house? Being exposed to alcohol and other drugs may trigger the still vulnerable, early-recovery brain before your “smart brain” has had a chance to become stronger.
Balanced wellness can seem overwhelming, even for those not in recovery from addiction. Moving away from reactionary behavior and polarized thinking into a more balanced state of being is a primary foundation for recovery. Get started today!
Many people in recovery have some form of financial difficulty caused by addictive consequences including legal issues, losing jobs and, for some, just never having learned how to manage finances in the first place. Learn how to change that.
Goal-setting is a powerful tool in recovery. Learn why it’s important to make your growth goals Specific, Attainable and Measurable (SAM). Get in the habit of using this model and you will be able to identify, reach and track your accomplishments.