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Sober St. Patrick’s Day: 6 Ways to Celebrate While Sober
Feb 23, 2024

Most people associate St. Patrick’s Day with raucous parties, historic parades, and copious amounts of alcohol. But the holiday’s origins have little to do with these associations. According to insights from the History Channel, St. Patrick’s Day is historically a Roman Catholic celebration marking the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland (who, […]

Dating in Recovery: How to Get Started
Sep 25, 2023

Plenty of articles talk about sober dating in terms of when it’s OK to start dating again and various do’s and don’ts of dating after rehab. Some pieces even offer a list of apps designed to help those in recovery connect with one another. But aside from apps, how can you get the ball rolling? […]

Alcohol Relapse Warning Signs and What to Do About It
May 25, 2021

Relapse prevention is a key part of staying sober from alcohol. Whether you just completed your alcohol detox treatment program or did it years ago, there is always the risk of a relapse. What are the alcohol relapse warning signs, and what can you do to prevent it? Signs That You May Be Close to […]

How to Avoid a Recovery Rut
Mar 8, 2021

When we first come into recovery, whether by way of rehab, counseling, or a 12-step program, many of us are inundated with new experiences. Our days may be filled with therapy, support group meetings, and other activities designed to show us a new way to live. But as we learn to integrate these techniques into […]

Is Using Weed a Relapse?
Jan 29, 2021

Being sober or clean and sober means not using drugs and alcohol, ever. Twelve-step programs, such as Narcotics Anonymous, even consider “clean and sober” to mean staying away from any substances that change how your mind or emotions work. However, there is greater efforts in the United States to legalize medical and recreational marijuana (known […]

Working with a Partner After Relapse
Oct 20, 2020

Many people who have been in long-term relationships admit the longevity is due to their sincere commitment, open communication, and consistent effort. This may also include a multitude of other variables, subject to what different couples find to be effective for them. Every relationship has their own set of challenges, but those facing a substance […]

Dax Shepard, Relapse, and Recovery
Oct 14, 2020

It’s natural for people to make mistakes. After all, human nature is the social and psychological attributes that characterize humans, particularly those qualities that are distinct from other living things. Couple human nature with a disease like addiction, and mistakes are bound to happen. Emotions are even heightened. Not only from the family and friends […]

Addiction Relapse: Risk Factors, Coping & Treatment Options
Oct 15, 2018

What is the Definition of Relapse? A relapse is when a person returns to using drugs or alcohol after a period of sobriety. While a lapse is a brief “slip” where a person may drink or use, but then immediately stop again, a relapse is when a person makes a full blown return to drinking […]

How to Avoid Alcohol Relapse
Aug 2, 2018

Clinicians who treat individuals with substance use disorders define the term relapse a bit differently than the way the term is defined by laypeople and even the way it is defined in 12-Step programs. In clinical terms, a relapse represents a return to behaving in a way that would constitute an individual being re-diagnosed with […]

Warning Signs of Relapse: Depression, Stress, and Other Triggers
Oct 24, 2017

Understanding Relapse Individuals recovering from any kind of addiction often experience at least one relapse, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Relapse can be especially dangerous for someone who has abstained from drug use for a long time. Those who have been in recovery for a lengthy amount of time will lose […]

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