Remember to fan the flames of your recovery, as a fire left untended will go out! We are taught in recovery that it is dangerous to believe what we did yesterday will be enough to keep us sober tomorrow. Recovered alcoholics and addicts throughout history have demonstrated that the foundation
Happiness can feel elusive, determined by what’s happening (or not happening) right now. Joy, on the other hand, is a sense of contentment one feels regardless of the current situation. It is not altered by external factors. You don’t have to wait until the trouble is over to be filled
Young and cheerful friends sitting and fry marshmallows near bonfire at night time on the nature Every one of us goes through times where we feel bogged down by negative emotions, triggered by traumatic or stressful events, and just generally at the end of our ropes. All this negativity can
Around this time of year, love is in the air and people everywhere are ready to celebrate that love with the ones closest to them. Sounds perfect, right? Well, if you don’t have that special someone to share the holiday with this year, you may not be feeling like celebrating.
Hands holding binoculars on green background, looking through binoculars, journey, find and search concept. Protecting your recovery at all costs must be emphasized at all stages of recovery. Relapse starts well before a person picks up using a drink or a drug, so developing insight into your relapse triggers is
Why can’t they hear anything I say? How to overcome the challenges of communicating with a loved one struggling with addiction Communicating with someone you love is not always easy. Too often, conversations end with disagreements, misunderstandings and even broken relationships. If you are struggling to communicate with a
Elderly senior person or grandparent’s hands with red heart in support of nursing family caregiver for national hospice palliative care and family caregivers month concept Enabling and caregiving both involve a strong desire to love, help and nurture another person. These desires are amplified, often with a sense urgency and
Early recovery is often described as an emotional rollercoaster ride. Elation and relief can quickly turn into anger or shame as feelings come flooding back after being masked by substances for so long. Starting a recovery journal is a helpful way to make sense of these conflicting emotions. As the
The countdown to the holidays is on! For many, holidays mean delightful aromas, twinkling lights and celebrations with friends and family. For some, along with the anticipation of sharing joyous times together comes the realization that the holidays can be challenging when you’re in recovery. But, there is good news!
celebration, holidays and people concept – happy family having tea party at home In recent years, connecting and spending quality time with those we love has been increasingly difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, though, we have adapted and found ways to work alongside the pandemic so that
When someone says, “Hey, how’s it going?” in passing, do you take a moment to think about your response? Or by way of verbal muscle memory, do you reply, “Good — and you?” Often, you probably respond and keep walking, not even stopping to hear what the person has
Substance use disorder is something that impacts everyone in the wake of the disease…especially family members, close friends, and loved ones. When someone you love is suffering from the disease, they act in ways they would not typically act under normal circumstances. This can consume your life, and can often
You’ve probably heard “90 meetings in 90 days” before, somewhere during your recovery journey – 90 in 90 is a major method of maintaining recovery once you’re out of treatment and back in the real world. Although it may not seem easy to make room for meetings in your
We all have family that we can turn to in times of need. We look to our family for support and love during our toughest moments. In the case of recovery, families may not know everything about the disease of addiction. As a family member of someone in recovery, you
Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate those in recovery (www.recoverymonth.gov). At Fellowship Hall, we work to dispel the stigma surrounding substance use disorder: no one is immune to this