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Try This Free Mood Booster: Exercise!

To make more progress in your sobriety journey, it’s essential to fill your recovery toolbox with various techniques that contribute to your well-being. You already know that consistent exercise is one of the key factors to maintain physical health—but how much do you know about the mental and emotional benefits? Let’s take a closer look....
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Is It Time for a New Sponsor?

Sponsorship When a person is new to recovery and joins a 12-step group, it is generally recommended that they select a sponsor to show them to ropes. A sponsor is a person who is further along in their recovery and who has successfully worked the 12 steps with a sponsor of their own. Ideally, a...
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How Exercise Supports Recovery

Retraining the Brain One of the problems encountered by people in substance use recovery is that their brains don’t remember how to create pleasurable feelings without the substance. It can be difficult to commit to recovery when you can’t seem to feel good, so it’s essential to find ways to retrain the brain. Exercise is...
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The Importance of Self-Care During COVID

Self-care is always important, no matter what the situation. It is especially valuable to take care of ourselves during times of high stress. Unfortunately, experiencing high stress often leads us to neglect self-care. For a person in recovery who is under great stress, neglecting self-care during COVID could be a formula for disaster. What Is...
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Recovery and Social Distancing

Social distancing is a popular term right now. The internet, newspapers and television alike repeat it continuously. With Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19 or Novel Coronavirus, hitting American shores recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has made a variety of recommendations, including keeping a bit of space between ourselves and others. Unfortunately, social distancing...
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The Amends Process: How It Works and Why It Matters

More Than a Simple “Sorry” Many people have been on the giving or receiving end of an apology that was forced, didn’t feel genuine, or did nothing to remedy the situation. This is why making amends, addressed in the eighth and ninth steps in 12-step programs, is much more than simply saying sorry for mistakes....
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Perfect Podcasts for Your Recovery Journey

A Little About Podcasts Podcasts are all the rage at the moment. No matter what your interests may be, you can head to the internet and find a podcast that is perfect for you. You can delve deeply into political talk. You can listen to people argue about sports or discuss your favorite television program....
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How to Use Mindfulness For a Better Recovery

As you read this, where is your mind—really? Are you thinking about something that happened 30 minutes ago, or contemplating your to-do list that you need to get back to shortly? We often hear the phrase “be in the present moment,” but to do this, we need to learn about mindfulness. Mindfulness is the act...
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Goals to Support Recovery for the Year Ahead

Depending on where you currently are in your recovery journey, you may be an old pro at setting goals or you may not be sure how to set goals, what types of goals to set, or how to know if your goals truly promote your sober lifestyle. With the start of a new year, you...
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Creating New Holiday Traditions in Recovery

The holidays bring with them both a disruption of daily routine and a series of long-held traditions, both of which can feel threatening to someone who is in recovery. If you or your family’s holiday traditions are not conducive to sobriety, it’s time to consider creating new traditions that support your health and wellbeing. Risk...
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