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Sobriety: Watching Your Friends Relapse

Sobriety: Watching Your Friends Relapse

Watching sober friends relapse can be heartbreaking or challenging as well as enlightening and motivating. Personally, I have seen a handful of friends go back to drinking after six months or more of sobriety (Attitudes That Can Lead to a Drug or Alcohol Relapse ). In some cases, they convinced themselves they were not alcoholics and that they could manage their drinking. In other cases, they had always had some doubt as to the severity of their powerlessness over alcohol. And in a few other cases, the relapse seemed to come from nowhere. In reality, a relapse starts long before the first drink but it’s not always easy to spot. Here are the lessons I have learned from watching sober friends relapse.

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Addiction Recovery and Staying Sober During Tragedy

Addiction Recovery and Staying Sober During Tragedy

In addiction recovery you have to focus on staying sober even during a tragedy. The weekend’s news about the tragedy in Orlando has left many of us feeling sad, angry, shocked or even defeated. As an alcoholic in recovery, I have to carefully work on staying sober during any tragedy.

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How Healing Resentments Improves Sobriety

How Healing Resentments Improves Sobriety

Improving sobriety by healing resentments is the ultimate goal of revisiting painful memories. When we have successfully navigated our memories and emotions, we have the opportunity to let them go so that they no longer harm us. In order for old resentments to no longer hold power over us, we have to choose to forgive ourselves and the other person. You can heal resentments to improve your sobriety.

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Winter Blues and Addiction Recovery

Winter Blues and Addiction Recovery

The winter blues are here and for those of us in all types of recovery, they can be especially tough (Stop Letting Winter Depression Freeze Your Happiness). If you’re a recovering addict or alcoholic with the winter blues setting in, you are not alone.

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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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Alcohol Safety On New Year’s Eve

Alcohol Safety On New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve brings lots of unsafe alcohol consumption but you need safety on New Year’s Eve. Whether you’re sober or not, you should make plans to stay safe this New Year’s holiday. Here are some ways to ensure alcohol safety on New Year’s Eve.

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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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Difficulty Sleeping Relates to Alcohol Use and Withdrawal

Difficulty Sleeping Relates to Alcohol Use and Withdrawal

Difficulty sleeping relates to alcohol use and withdrawal. Alcohol is actually not a good sleep aid, contrary to popular belief. Sure, it helps you fall asleep more quickly, but can lead to a host of other sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and sleep walking; plus, when used frequently, drinking alcohol can lead to alcohol dependence.1

In alcoholics, the effects on sleep of alcohol, or alcohol withdrawal, are much more pronounced. Here are some explanations and advice for what you can do in early sobriety to sleep more soundly. 

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