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Survival Tips for Making it Through the Holidays Sober

Most holidays stir up intense memories for people struggling with addiction and recovery. Perhaps there are some good memories in there, but most often it is the challenging associations and relationships that feel most difficult around the holiday season. For many families, it can be the most stressful (not wonderful) time of the year. IfRead More

How Do I Stay Sober Through The Holidays?

It’s that time of year again when people are supposed to be neighborly, shopping is supposed to go according to plan, and family gatherings are supposed to be full of good cheer. In reality, chaos begins settling in around us, people are stressed out of their minds, traffic jams abound, and we’re basically trapped untilRead More

Life Skills You Start Gaining as Soon as You Get Sober

The act of getting sober is life-changing, and can be felt almost instantly. Once the booze and drugs are removed, physiological and psychological changes begin taking place, and we begin to adapt. As soon as your mind starts to clear, your perspective shifts, and you start learning what it feels like and what it meansRead More

Clean vs. Sober

The terms, “clean” and “sober” are most often used in the Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) fellowships, respectively. In NA, the language is addict and clean, and in AA, it’s alcoholic and sober. There is a lot of debate about what each means, but from a medical and recovery standpoint, they are oneRead More

Why Did You Get Sober?

The answer to this question may seem obvious; it could be that your life was a mess, and you lost your job, or maybe your partner was threatening to end your relationship. Maybe you sobered up because you were just sick and tired of feeling the way you were, day in and day out. NoRead More

Growth Through Pain

Growing pains are real, and if you’re an addict or alcoholic in recovery, you know all too well what they’re about. Before any of us got sober, we had pains left and right, backwards and forwards. Everything seemed to hurt, no matter what it was. Joy had left the building, and it was gone beforeRead More

Where Do I Find Sober Friends?

You may be accustomed to meeting friends (and that term is used loosely here) in bars, crack houses, or shooting galleries, but now that you’re in recovery, it’s time to meet people who will become your tribe. We know it’s hard to change your life as much as you need to in order to stayRead More

Are You Ready for Sobriety?

Your friends and family may sure think you’re ready for sobriety, but how do you feel about it? Have you grown tired of waking up everyday, and it’s the same thing—drinking or using, then scheming to get more—day in and day out? Nothing feels good anymore, in fact, you don’t really feel anything. What youRead More

Where Do I Find Sober Friends?

You may be accustomed to meeting friends (and that term is used loosely here) in bars, crack houses, or shooting galleries, but now that you’re in recovery, it’s time to meet people who will become your tribe. We know it’s hard to change your life as much as you need to in order to stayRead More

How Do You Stay Sober in an Airport?

Oh yes, it’s that time of year when people from all corners of the country are piling into airports and pouring themselves into pricey airport bars. This is where it is totally socially acceptable to be downing cocktails at 7 am without judgment—and where we former alcoholic drinkers felt vindicated that everyone else was doingRead More