Continued from Frenemies: How They Threaten Recovery and What to Do About Them – Part 1 Friend or enemy? Sometimes it’s difficult to tell. Now that you are in recovery it’s time to wise up about your relationships and to become intentional about the type of people with whom you spend your time. If recovery […]
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Sun Tzu, in The Art of War, said, “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” But what about “frenemies?” How close do we keep them? What role do we allow them to have in our lives and in our recovery? What Is A Frenemy? We all have them—the friends who often act quite a […]
It has become a bit of a cliché: If you are feeling blue, try helping others. Volunteer, get out of your own head and give back to those less fortunate. You can help yourself by helping others. In many cases this is true. Helping others can be a wonderful way to reduce isolation and loneliness, […]
“Feel your feelings.” Sit in on a couple of meetings and this is one of the recovery buzz phrases that you are sure to hear. Seasoned members have learned, often the hard way that one of the biggest mistakes we can make as we move through recovery is to deny the emotional place in which […]
By Meghan Vivo Mindfulness has become a buzzword that is being dropped around every corner. Anxious? Depressed? Overweight? Or even just feeling blah about life? Try mindfulness.
Everyone knows that human beings are not perfect. Why, then, should we find it so difficult to comprehend that imperfections do not mean that we are a failure? For the average person who is not in recovery, learning how to live with imperfections may be something that isn’t all that much of a problem. But for those […]
There are plenty of obstacles to be overcome on the road to recovery from drug/alcohol addiction. Some of those obstacles are outside forces. Former friendships, locations and situations can all trigger a desire to return to drug/alcohol use. Nevertheless, the strongest obstacle to your recovery dwells inside of you. Your own thoughts and actions hold […]
The holidays are fabulous, but they are also filled with time crunches, financial pressures, travel frustrations and interpersonal stresses. Everyone is sensitive to these holiday challenges, but if you are in active addiction or even addiction recovery, you may feel more sensitive towards them than most. In many cases, it was an inability to cope […]
“Life without idealism is empty indeed. We just hope or starve to death.” – Pearl S. Buck, American author noted for her novels of life in China, received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938 (1892-1973)
Looking through old photo albums may be a favorite pastime for families, but dwelling on the past is anything but beneficial for anyone who’s attempting to build a new life in recovery. In fact, it’s more than disadvantageous. Romancing the past is actually a dangerous practice in recovery.