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Going to Rehab: Understanding How and Why of Rehabilitation

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 24, 2023 3:26:00 AM / by Ryan Rivard posted in Drug Rehab, Recovery Program

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Rehabilitation, or rehab for short, is a process designed to help people recover from substance abuse, mental health problems, and other forms of addiction. Rehab provides a safe and supportive environment where individuals can gain the skills they need to overcome addictions and live healthy lives. It also involves counseling and therapy sessions to help individuals build new coping mechanisms and find healthier alternative activities. Rehab can be an important stage in recovery as it helps people develop the tools they need to become sober, manage their emotions, and make positive lifestyle changes. You will realize the immense benefit of it when you learn how does rehab work. This article explains how rehab works and how it can significantly alter and improve your way of life. Keep reading for more!

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Navigating the Holidays Happy, Joyous and Free

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 30, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism, Recovery Program, Alcohol & Health, Treatment Program

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The holidays may be “the most wonderful time of the year”, but for those new in recovery they can be fraught with stress and worry. In this article we’ll talk about how a person in recovery can navigate the holidays season while remaining clean and sober, happy, joyous, and free.

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November is National Gratitude Month

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 9, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 step program, Recovery Program, Alcohol & Health, Treatment Program

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Did you know that November is National Gratitude Month? We often hear within the rooms of recovery that it’s important to have an attitude of gratitude, but why all this emphasis on gratitude? Why is it so important to our mental, physical, and spiritual health?

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"Fall Back, But Don't Fall Back"

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 5, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, AA Big Book, Recovery Program, Alcohol & Health, Treatment Program

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Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 6, 2022, at 2:00 A.M. On Saturday night, clocks are set back one hour (i.e., gaining one hour). This has come to be known as “Fall Back." This event has become part of the fall routine and one which sleep deprived individuals like this blogger look forward to very much.

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Preserving Our Unity

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 31, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 Steps, Recovery Program, Alcohol & Health, Treatment Program

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In sobriety we build new connections to ourselves, our families, and our communities. In our meetings we embrace all who have “a desire to stop drinking” to our tables. Healthy groups lower barriers to sobriety by creating inclusive spaces and meetings. Healthy groups broaden their understanding of what recovery means for people with different experiences.

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Traits of Sponsorship

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 8, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in recovery process, AA meetings, Recovery Program, Alcoholism Treatment Program, Support Group

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Sponsors come from all levels of society, all cultures, and every gender identity. There are certain traits good sponsors share. These core traits are foundational to good sponsorship. 

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November is National Gratitude Month

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 10, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in recovery process, AA meetings, Recovery Program, Alcoholism Treatment Program, Support Group

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We often hear in self-help meetings, “Have an attitude of gratitude”. For those of us who may not be feeling grateful, this can often come across as cliché and trite. But there is age old wisdom in the saying.

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Changing the Faces & Places

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in recovery process, AA meetings, Recovery Program, Alcoholism Treatment Program, Support Group

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When I first came into the program, I was told by my sponsor and home-group members that I had to change the faces and places. I didn’t understand the phrase so I asked for clarification. They told me I had to find a new group of friends and a new set of hang-outs. For a 15-year-old, this was a monumental task. My peer group was everything to me. But I knew if I was going to stay alive and stay sober, I had to heed their sage advice.

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September is National Recovery Month – “Recovery is for Everyone”

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 11, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in recovery process, AA meetings, Recovery Program, Alcoholism Treatment Program, Support Group

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Recovery Month is a national observance held every September. Started in 1989, Recovery Month educates Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

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Making Amends Chicago Style

[fa icon="calendar'] May 5, 2021 9:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism, Recovery, AA meetings, Recovery Program

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At a conference on recovery not long ago in Chicago, I listened to the speaker talk about making amends.  The crux of her point was that the amend had to be equal to or greater than the offense.  For example, you can’t falsely print on the front page of a newspaper that someone is a cheat and a liar and then print the retraction on page 17.  No, if you’re going to set the scales of restorative justice evenly, the retraction has to go on page one.

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