Discover what emotional sobriety really means, and why it is essential for your continued growth and path to recovery. Castle Craig alcohol & drug rehab, UK…
While negative stress gets all the attention for causing cravings, happy events can cause cravings too and they’re dangerous because you don’t expect them. Despite the challenges, you can make it through a holiday abroad and have a great time if you do a little planning….
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, stop digging….
In recovery, one thing you definitely want to avoid is having nothing to do. 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. It may have something to do with why you became addicted in the first place….
Sobriety 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 find their jobs are not conducive to recovery. For a variety of reasons, some jobs tend to go with higher rates of addiction….
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 as bad as expecting it to be worse….
One reason people find sobriety challenging is that their habits are built around drinking. Maybe you are in the habit of stopping at the pub on the way home, or maybe you open a beer when you watch television. Drinking is associated with other drugs, and people who try to quit the drugs without quitting drinking find themselves using again….
A common affirmation in AA is ‘My worst day sober Is still better than my best day drinking’. It’s a worthy sentiment but it strikes some people as disingenuous. Can your worst day sober really be better than your best day drinking? Plenty of terrible things can happen regardless of sobriety….
Early sobriety presents a number of challenges such as withdrawal symptoms, escaping triggers, and finding the urge not to pick up that drug or drink anymore. Another challenge that can come during sobriety is getting sick. Click here to learn more now….
Before you were sober, winter was probably the time to have a few beers or alcoholic eggnog. It is a common misconception that the sober life is a boring life when that could not be farther from the truth. Click here to learn more….
Christmas can be a risk of relapse for people who are just out of rehab or are in early recovery. Read addiction advice on staying sober for Christmas….
Dr. Lance Dodes criticises Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 Step approach to addiction in his new book The Sober Truth. A few experts reply to him….