• The Story of Mel B.

    “If we’re willing to share all our garbage, we should be willing to share all the good stuff, too.” If you’ve ever read anything about the Roaring Twenties, well, it was supposed to have been a period of wild gaiety, heavy drinking, and slaphappy fun. That was the good-time era I was born into–September 9, […]

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  • Tips for Preventing the Holiday Blues, Staying Sober

    Most people know the holidays can be a period of emotional highs and lows. Loneliness, anxiety, happiness and sadness are common feelings, sometimes experienced in startling succession. The bad news is the holiday blues can trigger relapse for people recovering from alcoholism and other drug addiction. The good news is the blues can be remedied […]

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  • Stress, depression and the holidays: 10 tips for coping

    Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off stress and depression. By Mayo Clinic staff The holiday season, which begins for most Americans with Thanksgiving and continues through New Year’s Day, often brings unwelcome guests – stress and depression. And it’s […]

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  • Beyond Addiction

    Improving our understanding of alcohol and drug addiction Good Living The sky was crystal clear, but it was 8 degrees, and a biting wind made it feel even colder when I tentatively ventured outdoors for a jog. “Winter in Minnesota” isn’t a satisfying excuse when the treadmill in the basement has logged its last mile […]

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  • Playing It by Heart: Taking Care of Yourself No Matter What

    In her book Playing It by Heart, Beattie helps readers understand what drives them back into the grasp of controlling behavior and victimhood-and what it takes to pull themselves out, to return to the healing, faith, and maturity that come with a commitment to recovery. Personal essays, inspiring anecdotes, and prescriptive reminders show readers how […]

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  • Recovery Strategies and Coping Skills

    The First Rule of Recovery You don’t recover from an addiction by stopping using. You recover by creating a new life where it is easier to not use. If you don’t create a new life, then all the factors that brought you to your addiction will eventually catch up with you again. You don’t have […]

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  • Study Reveals Stress Hormone Impacts On Alcohol Recovery

    Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that high levels of a stress hormone in recovering alcoholics could increase the risk of relapse. The study showed that cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal gland in response to stress, is found in high levels in chronic alcoholics, as well as those recovering from the […]

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  • Supporting an Addict Who’s Relapsed

    The path toward recovery from addiction often isn’t a straight line. It’s important that family and friends know what to do, and what not to do, at this critical time. Seeing a loved one return to drugs or alcohol during or after addiction treatment can be devastating to family and friends. You may feel as […]

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  • Mindfulness and the 12 Steps: Living Recovery in the Present Moment

    With the artistry of a memoirist, Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart draws on her personal story and an impressive range of knowledge in psychology, spirituality, and the Twelve Steps to show us the way out of the morass of pain and confusion that addiction creates. Mindfulness and the 12 Steps is moving and inspiring, full of practical guidance. […]

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