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9 Sobriety Social Media Influencers

Social media is an undeniably powerful force of our modern culture. From geopolitical governance to trending makeup tutorials, social media has been proven able to shape, shift, and shake our collective consciousness. When it comes to recovery-oriented or sober lifestyles, social media has increasingly become a beacon for many–both for “sober curious” individuals and those […]

Why the 24-Hour Rule Is Crucial for Long-Term Sobriety
Sep 25, 2023

The one-day-at-a-time mantra is used frequently in the world of recovery, particularly among people who follow the 12-Step principles of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Its purpose is to remind individuals in recovery to stay in the present, focus on today, and not think too far ahead about sobriety. Because the saying has become so […]

When Is It OK to Start Dating Again in Recovery?
Sep 25, 2023

  Recovery is a personal journey. During early recovery, it’s a time to heal, establish boundaries, seek and accept support, mentally and spiritually grow, reflect, and continually assess one’s own well-being. Overall, recovery is often characterized as a process in which someone re-establishes their identity. So, when does diligent and dedicated recovery allow for romance? […]

Common Places Alcoholics May Hide Their Alcohol
Sep 21, 2023

Many people in the United States, and globally, struggle with an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), and will often go to great lengths to hide their problematic drinking and their alcohol. This page will demonstrate some of the common places and ways that those struggling with alcohol use will try to hide their alcohol consumption. Common […]

Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Addictions
Sep 21, 2023

Individuals who are addicted to drugs or alcohol will often resort to various means to be able to fund their addictions. These actions are typically driven by the need to feed their addiction and often do not represent responsible or legal behavior by which they would usually conduct themselves, however, when addiction takes control, addicts […]

How to Identify a Bad Rehab Center: Signs of Bad Rehabs
Sep 21, 2023

Making the decision to seek addiction treatment is a big first step in the recovery process. With this being such a big decision, it’s important that you take the time to research and evaluate your options before choosing a rehab facility. With there being so many options for treatment, there are often bad rehab facilities […]

Loneliness and Addiction: Is There a Link?
Sep 13, 2023

What Is Loneliness? Humans have an innate need to feel like they belong. Loneliness, then, is an emotional state typically defined by painful feelings associated with a sense of isolation and/or a lack of social contact or belonging.1 Loneliness and social isolation, however, are two different things. The latter is simply a lack of human […]

Substance Misuse and Overdose Deaths are on the Rise
Aug 30, 2023

Startling Statistics About Substance Misuse and Overdose Deaths The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases monthly provisional counts for drug overdose deaths each month. For the 12-month period ending in March 2023, there were 105,224 drug overdose deaths reported in the United States.1 Unfortunately, overdoses have become the leading injury-related cause of death […]

Hard Seltzers: Addiction, Side Effects, and Dangers
Aug 29, 2023

What are Hard Seltzers? Hard seltzers consist of clear carbonated water mixed with an alcohol base—usually derived from fermented cane sugar—and flavored with real fruit or natural flavors. Most hard seltzers are free of gluten and contain 4%-7% alcohol by volume (ABV). Less alcohol means less calories, which is part of the appeal for some. […]

Redefining Fun in Recovery
Aug 24, 2023

Why is it Important to Have Fun in Recovery? Simply put, fun is a form of self-care that can ultimately help you avoid relapse. But let’s dig a little deeper to better understand what this means. Relapse happens over time and in various stages. That is, you typically don’t just wake up one day and […]

How Pets Can Assist in Recovery
Aug 17, 2023

Benefits of Pet Ownership During Recovery When it comes to addiction treatment and recovery, pet ownership usually doesn’t make the top-10 list of therapy recommendations. However, based on a host of studies and anecdotal reports about the perks of pet ownership, maybe it should. Pets—including everything from cats and dogs to lizards and rabbits—can offer […]

Listen Up: Podcasts about Addiction and Recovery
Aug 14, 2023

Tap the info into your mobile phone, grab your earbuds and click on a program. Or boot up your computer, laptop or tablet, tune in and hit play. Perhaps do the same while traveling in your car, walking the dog, or doing the dishes. Do what? Listen to a podcast about addiction and recovery. A […]

Addiction Treatment Marketing: How to Market a Rehab Center
Aug 8, 2023

Operating an alcohol and/or substance use disorder treatment center in today’s digital landscape requires a strategic marketing approach. While it’s critical to employ empathy and understanding while trying to reach this unique population, competition is fierce. In fact, according to, a search tool offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the […]

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