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Be Flexible and Make Yoga Part of Your Recovery Plan

The Value of Staying Present in Recovery In a couple of previous blog posts, we have discussed the value of mindfulness practice—a form of meditation that helps people live in the present moment rather than ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. Much of mindfulness practice involves sitting quietly with your eyes closed while bringing your attention to the rhythm of your breathing. This routine can help you learn to stay present in your day-to-day life. Mindfulness can be truly impactful for many people—including those in recovery from a substance use disorder. But it isn’t a good fit

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Boredom and Burnout

Walking the Balance Beam Between Boredom and Burnout

Picture a gymnast on a balance beam. For the moment, imagine the athlete standing with both feet on the beam maintaining their balance without any apparent effort. You’ll note that we used the word “apparent.” That is because it does take effort to stand still on the balance beam. But a gymnast has trained and trained and trained to make it—and a whole lot of other ridiculously difficult things besides—look easy. But at every moment, the gymnast is working to maintain their balance so that they don’t lean too far one way or the other. After all, leaning too far

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How Substance Use Disorders Relate to Sadness, Grief, and Depression

How Substance Use Disorders Relate to Sadness, Grief, and Depression

While we hesitate to talk about emotions in terms of “positive” or “negative” feelings, we do acknowledge that some mind states can be particularly problematic for those in recovery from a substance use disorder. Emotions or states of mind that a person would rather not be experiencing can linger—and when they do, they can make a return to drugs or alcohol seem like a quick and easy escape. Let’s take a look at the ways to manage sadness, grief, and depression so that your recovery is not upended. Sadness is Normal. It is also Temporary. We all feel sad from

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Substance Use Disorder, 12-Step Philosophy,

When There is Less Light, You Might Not Feel Quite Right

This time of year, it can sometimes seem as if the sun never shines. That can be particularly true if you have to be at work or school early and you put in a long day. In those circumstances, you might find yourself leaving home in the dark and returning in the dark during the long winter months. And even if the sun does make an appearance at a time when you might notice, you might decide it is far more comfortable to stay inside where it’s warm than to venture out to catch a few winter rays. After all,

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New Year’s resolutions, I resolve to stay sober in the new year. Common Fears in Addiction

Five New Year’s Resolutions that Support Sobriety

As the new year approaches, you may already be thinking about resolutions. Right about now, many people are thinking about new goals for the new year. Some of those goals are realistic. Others are probably not. But either way, this time of year can be a good moment to take a little time to think about your goals and priorities—and how you can emphasize them as another year gets underway. Of course, if you are a person in recovery from a substance use disorder, your primary resolution is obvious: I resolve to stay sober in the new year. But as

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Holidays that can be Hard on Your Recovery

Here Come Four Holidays that can be Hard on Your Recovery

We are approaching a big run of holidays. In rapid succession, we will experience Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas (or a number of other December holidays), and New Year’s Eve. Many people find all of these holidays wholly delightful. Others like some more than others. And some people wish they didn’t have to deal with any of them at all.  But no matter how you feel about these late-year holidays, if you are a person in recovery from a substance use disorder, each has the potential to put your sobriety in danger. Let’s consider each holiday in turn. Halloween: Too Much Sugar

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