Can I Quit Addiction On My Own?

Man holds sign with 'stop drugs', quit addiction on your own, Castle Craig rehab

So you admitted you have a problem. Maybe you’ve proclaimed yourself as an alcoholic or drug addict, or maybe you simply think that you have developed a bad habit of drinking a few too many on the weekend. Now what? Many people, even those with a serious addiction, don’t instantly jump to the conclusion of …

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Mindfulness in the New Year: 7 Tips for Recovery

Mindfulness in Recovery for the New Year at Castle Craig

The holiday season has just ended, and the rest of the new year is in front of us. This can be a stressful time of year – work has piled up over the break, we need to find a place for gifts, cleaning up after relatives who have visited, parties, scheduling time with family and …

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How to Become More Optimistic

How to Become More Optimistic

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 …

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Why Optimism is Important in Recovery

Why Optimism is Important in Recovery

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 …

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When I Get Sober Will I Need a New Job?

When I Get Sober Will I Need a New Job?

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 …

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How to Break Bad Habits in Recovery

How to Break Bad Habits in Recovery

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 …

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Why Empathy Matters in Recovery

Why Empathy Matters in Recovery

Why Empathy Matters in Recovery Empathy is an important quality to cultivate in recovery. It doesn’t get as much attention as some other qualities like humility, perseverance, patience, honesty, and optimism, but it’s just as important. Here’s how your recovery will benefit by learning to be more empathetic. Service is easier if you care about …

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What Does it Mean if I Dream About Relapsing?

What Does it Mean if I Dream About Relapsing?

What Does it Mean if I Dream About Relapsing? People who are still early in recovery often have dreams about relapsing. They are understandably worried that dreaming of relapse is a bad sign. Maybe it means recovery isn’t going well. Maybe it’s a sort of premonition or proof that their addiction is just waiting for …

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How to Weather a Crisis During Recovery

How to Weather a Crisis During Recovery

How to Weather a Crisis During Recovery Stress and anxiety are major triggers of cravings in recovery. Part of recovery is learning to manage stress and anxiety so they don’t derail your progress. It doesn’t take much at first to cause a craving. It might be an argument at home, stress at work, or financial …

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So What if You Don’t Do Everything ‘Right’ in Recovery?

So What if You Don’t Do Everything ‘Right’ in Recovery?

So What if You Don’t Do Everything ‘Right’ in Recovery? Most people are aware that healthy lifestyle changes are helpful in recovery. Exercise, meditation, healthy eating, adequate sleep, a regular routine, and positive relationships are all regularly called essential to recovery. What if you haven’t done all of that, or any of it? We all …

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How to Laugh More in Addiction Recovery

How to Laugh More in Addiction Recovery

How to Laugh More in Addiction Recovery Laughing helps recovery in many ways. It reduces stress, it helps you relax, it improves your immune system, making you less prone to illness, it reduces pain, and it helps you stay positive. All of these are important if you’re trying to stay sober, or if you just …

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