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Regret in Addiction Recovery Doesn’t Have to Lead to Relapse

Regret in Addiction Recovery Doesn’t Have to Lead to Relapse

Regret in addiction recovery can be a dangerous emotion that leads to relapse. But there are healthy ways to put regret behind you for good. Here's how.

Overcoming regret in addiction recovery can feel impossible because when a person is in active addiction, he or she tends to repeat the same mistakes over and over. I’ve been there, I know the guilt, shame and embarrassment that accompany regret, and I know how important it is to find a way to overcome it. It’s important because regret can be a huge obstacle to people getting better and a huge risk for relapse. That happened to me, too. I wasn’t able to deal with my regret and that caused me to go back out and drink – time and time again. Since then, I have learned that even though regret is painful, dealing with it is part of the recovery process and healing. It is possible to overcome regret in addiction recovery, even if it isn’t easy.

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Setting Limits in Addiction Recovery: My Goodbye to Debunking Addiction

Setting Limits in Addiction Recovery: My Goodbye to Debunking Addiction

Learning to set limits in addiction recovery is vital for overall wellness (Applying Addiction Lessons When We Need a Hiatus). In knowing my own limitations, I have decided it is best for my addiction recovery to say goodbye as an author of Debunking Addiction

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What to Do When Old, Addictive Behavior is Leading to Relapse

What to Do When Old, Addictive Behavior is Leading to Relapse

Old, addictive behaviors can crop up, leading to a relapse. These are often traits that served us well in our addiction by enabling us to use or drink with minimal interference. By evaluating our behavior through the lens of humility, we are able to see when old, addictive behaviors resurface and if they may be leading you to a relapse.

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Revisit Painful Memories to Improve Sobriety

Revisit Painful Memories to Improve Sobriety

Learning how to revisit painful memories can improve your sobriety by cleaning up negative emotions that no longer serve you. Recalling old wounds may seem scary, traumatizing, and unnecessary to some, but my experience has been overwhelmingly positive. While difficult and unpleasant at the time, the discomfort was outweighed by the relief I felt afterward (Unwanted Trauma Memories – How Do You Get Rid Of Them?). It’s important to take certain steps during this process to ensure it has a positive outcome. Here are some tips on how to process painful memories to improve your sobriety in 2016.

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Handling Holiday Obligations in Alcohol Recovery

Handling Holiday Obligations in Alcohol Recovery

Love it or hate it, the holiday season always brings obligations and you have to handle holiday obligations in alcohol recovery. It can be tricky to navigate those obligations. For me, feeling overwhelmed is just as a big an alcoholism trigger as alcohol itself so I have to be careful in my alcohol recovery with regards to holiday obligations.. 

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Self-Sabotage: Why Alcoholics Do It

Self-Sabotage: Why Alcoholics Do It

Self-sabotage is essentially when someone tries to evade negative feelings and consequently creates more problems in his or her life (Ways to Avoid Negative Coping Skills). Alcoholics commonly sabotage their relationships, sobriety, and career as they try to avoid feelings they often buried with alcohol. Most of the time, they are not even conscious that they are sabotaging themselves, unless it is pointed out to them. For this reason, it’s important for alcoholics, and their support network alike, to understand why incidents of alcoholism self-sabotage most often occur around a sobriety milestone or a significant life change.

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How to Find Courage and Confidence Without Alcohol

How to Find Courage and Confidence Without Alcohol

Alcohol lowers inhibitions and creates a false sense of courage and confidence. Here are a few suggestions to find courage and confidence without alcohol.

Courage and confidence are emboldened by alcohol because it lowers inhibitions, thereby reducing the sense of fear–but you can find courage and confidence without alcohol. A common misconception is that courage is the absence of fear. However, courage is actually defined by taking action in spite of your fears. When regaining control of your life in early sobriety, developing courage and confidence is difficult if you have always relied on alcohol. For anyone adjusting to sobriety, here are a few suggestions to find courage and confidence without alcohol. 

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Talking to Children About Addiction and Recovery

Talking to Children About Addiction and Recovery

Talking to children about addiction and recovery may put recovering parents in a tough spot. Parents in early addiction recovery often struggle with explaining their drug or alcohol addiction to their children. Depending on their ages, some details of addiction are too graphic or complicated for children to understand. It’s important for the recovering parent to carefully consider the needs of the child. However, the parent’s need for privacy during such a challenging and tumultuous process must be respected, too. Here are some suggestions to navigate talking to your kids about addiction and recovery.

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How To Stop Triggering Your Addiction: Feeling Overwhelmed

How To Stop Triggering Your Addiction: Feeling Overwhelmed

It’s important to learn how to avoid feeling overwhelmed in addiction recovery. (Overwhelmed by Stress and Anxiety? How to Deal with It). Feeling overwhelmed was one of my major triggers while in my addiction. Whether I felt overwhelming sadness, fear, or worry, these feelings were often a trigger for addictive behavior. Feeling overwhelmed is an almost universal addiction trigger; here’s how to avoid feeling overwhelmed and stop triggering your addiction.

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Caffeine Addiction and Dependency: Real Disorders?

Caffeine Addiction and Dependency: Real Disorders?

Is there such a thing as caffeine addiction or dependency? The DSM-5 includes caffeine related disorders separate from other drugs. Is caffeine different?

Caffeine is a drug and it creates dependency, but are caffeine addiction and dependency real disorders? Caffeine intoxication and caffeine withdrawal syndrome are included in the new Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM-5) of the American Psychiatric Association. However, caffeine-related disorders is treated separately from substance abuse disorders. Should it be? Should caffeine addiction and dependency be separate from substance abuse disorders? 

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