How Animals Can Help You Beat Addiction Everyone loves puppies and kittens. If you are in recovery, spending time with animals can have many benefits. Here are some of the big ones. Pets give you emotional support. This is especially important if you live alone. Loneliness is a major concern in recovery. If you are lonely, you
How to Become More Optimistic Although most people don’t feel very optimistic starting recovery, developing a more optimistic attitude greatly improves your chances of long-term success. Optimism reduces stress, improves health, fosters perseverance, and most importantly, makes people believe they can stay sober if they try. Of course, it’s one thing to say you should be more
Why Optimism is Important in Recovery Most people don’t go into recovery feeling optimistic. Most people just feel like life couldn’t get much worse and they have to change something. That’s more like desperation than optimism. What’s more, many people seeking treatment feel depressed. Depression has many facets, one of which is the inability to imagine a
How a Schedule Can Help You Stay Sober In recovery, one thing you definitely want to avoid is having nothing to do. Boredom is dangerous. You start to get restless, you have nothing better to do, so you start to think, ‘What do I normally do when I’m bored?’ Boredom gives you too much time to think.
When I Get Sober Will I Need a New Job? Sobriety often requires you to change something about the way you live. It could be that you need new friends or that you need a healthier lifestyle, or perhaps medication and therapy. People sometimes find their jobs are not conducive to recovery. For a variety of reasons,
Why Sobriety Won’t Solve All Your Problems There is a common narrative that goes something like this: ‘My life was terrible because of addiction. Quitting was hard at first, but now my life is amazing’. It’s a nice idea, but most people find the road a bit bumpier. Expecting life in recovery to be perfect is nearly
How to Break Bad Habits in Recovery Everyone has some bad habits. When you’re in recovery, some of those habits will work against you. Maybe you still smoke, or you don’t get enough sleep, or you spend too much time on Facebook, or you still spend time with people who drink. The habits you formed in addiction