The Celebration Effect We typically think of negative events as the biggest threat to recovery. Losing a job, getting divorced, losing a loved one all make you want to forget your problems, even temporarily. Even seemingly minor challenges can pile up and feel like too much to bear. We less often think of good events as a
Planning a Sober Holiday Travel can be difficult when you’re trying to stay sober. You disrupt your regular routine and you don’t have your sober network to rely on. Perhaps most dangerous is the celebration effect. This is when you’re having a really good time and voice in the back of your head says, ‘This would be
4 Unexpected Benefits of Sobriety People usually get sober for big reasons. They may realise they’re hurting their family, their career has stalled because of addiction, they get into legal trouble, or they’re just completely miserable and they know addiction has a lot to do with it. As they say in AA, when you’re in a hole,
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.