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15 Tips for Staying Sober After Rehab

March 23, 2022 | Lauren Sawyer

Leaving rehab, it feels like you’ve been given a new lease on life. Gone are the dark days of addiction that consumed your every waking moment with thoughts of drinking. But sobriety isn’t a guarantee just because you’ve completed a treatment program. You really do have a new opportunity to create the life you want….

Alcohol Can Shrink Your Brain—Even Within “Safe” Drinking Limits

March 22, 2022 | Kerry Nenn

Did you know your brain shrinks as you get older? It’s a rather disturbing thought, but it’s all part of aging. The volume of our brains decreases about 5 percent per decade after age 40. Then, after age 70, the rate of decline increases.  But recent research also suggests that factors like exceeding safe drinking limits…

This Troop of Monkeys Reveals a Possible Treatment for Alcoholism

March 21, 2022 | Kerry Nenn

Alcoholic monkeys? It’s true. But this troop of green vervet monkeys doesn’t choose the traditional banana for their afternoon snack. They’d rather have a cocktail, since they’re predisposed to finding and consuming alcohol.  And they may be the key to finding a new treatment for alcoholism in humans. The Alcohol-Seeking Monkeys of St. Kitts Are…

The Cycle of Addiction and How It Can Be Broken

March 16, 2022 | Kerry Nenn

Leah had her first beer on her 21st birthday. She tasted other alcoholic drinks to see what they were like. She started to have multiple drinks every day. Sometimes she lost count. Leah started to drink at home. She started to need it to start the morning, to feel relaxed, and to sleep at night….

What to Expect in Your First Month of Sobriety

March 15, 2022 | Kerry Nenn

The first month of sobriety is usually the most challenging. You’ve made a huge change. Your body and mind need time to adjust to that change. This change comes with both physical and emotional struggles…but they are struggles you can overcome. Knowing what to expect can empower you in your first 30 days of sobriety…

The Dos and Don’ts of Creating a Daily Routine in Recovery

March 14, 2022 | Kerry Nenn

Early recovery is tough. Know what can make it easier? A daily routine. By simply creating a daily routine in recovery, you can decrease your risk of relapse and increase your ability to find sustainable sobriety. Why is Creating a Daily Routine in Recovery Important? Relapse is a gradual process that starts with emotions and…

A Family in Addiction Denial is a Family in Danger

March 11, 2022 | Lauren Sawyer

Addiction is a cunning, ruthless disease. It’s one of the few illnesses that convinces you nothing is wrong. Being in denial about addiction doesn’t stop at the individual level either. Many parents, partners, and families never imagine their loved ones struggling with addiction, especially not at the rock bottom level. There are countless stories of family…

7 Tips for Entering Couples Addiction Treatment Together

March 10, 2022 | Lauren Sawyer

While entering addiction treatment with your partner may seem like a good idea, it has unique challenges. Partners who use substances together may also be deeply entwined in each other’s day-to-day lives. This can be helpful while you both navigate recovery. However, you must both learn to honor that your goals might differ, you may…

Is Addiction a Choice or a Disease?

March 9, 2022 | Kerry Nenn

Jeremy’s Story I took my first drink when I was 19. I could have said ‘no thanks’ when my roommate offered it to me. But I didn’t. I chose to put that liquor in my body. And I chose it again the next weekend, and the next. Before I knew it, I was 26, and…

How Tough Love Almost Destroyed My Chances for Long-Term Recovery

March 8, 2022 | Lauren Sawyer

Tough love is a tricky way to support a loved one in recovery. Many experts feel that tough love is an outdated ideology that favors cutting someone off as a way to push them towards abstinence. When discussing the topic of tough love in recovery, researcher and writer William White says, “It’s time to accept…

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