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Promoting Mental Health in Recovery

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Sobriety means more than just abstaining from drugs and alcohol.

In order to embrace all the possibilities of a life in recovery, you need to nurture your mind, body, and spirit. Taking care of your mental health should be just as much of a priority as repairing the physical damage caused by substance abuse.

Strengthen Social Ties

Strong social ties have been linked to improved mental health in several studies.


6 Signs You’re in a Toxic Relationship

Evaluating Your Relationships

woman talking rude to boyfriendAs part of your treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, you’ll be asked to evaluate the relationships in your life and determine who should be a part of your sober support network.

Although you may instinctively realize that people who abuse drugs and alcohol are dangerous to associate with when you are newly sober, other relationships may be harder to evaluate. Use these six signs of a toxic relationship to help you decide how to proceed.


6 Facts About Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol Abuse

glass of liquor with girl laying down in backgroundAlcohol may be legal for adults over 21, but it’s still a highly addictive substance. Understanding the dangers associated with alcohol abuse can help you make an informed decision regarding addiction treatment for yourself or a loved one.

1. Alcohol Abuse Leads to More Deaths Than the Opioid Epidemic


6 Tips for Parents in Recovery

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If you’re a parent, part of the process of building a sober life for yourself will involve improving your relationship with your child.

Addiction affects the entire family, but there’s always hope for healing if you’re committed to making changes to promote a healthier family dynamic.

1. Be Kind to Yourself

Contrary to popular belief, there’s no such thing as a perfect parent. Even parents who don’t have substance use disorders make mistakes, so there’s no need to continue to punish yourself for what’s happened in the past. What matters most is that you’re in recovery and committed to moving forward in a positive, healthy way.


Nutritional Deficiencies in Alcoholics: Planning a Diet That Promotes a Lasting Recovery

Good nutrition is an important part of the recovery process.

man in restaurant with no appetiteA balanced diet helps stabilize your mood, control your cravings, and boost energy levels. If you’re in recovery for alcohol addiction, you should work closely with a nutritionist to create a meal plan that addresses your specific nutritional deficiencies.

How Alcohol Leads to Nutritional Deficiencies

Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram, which creates a feeling of fullness in the body. This can reduce a person’s desire to eat balanced meals.


How to Forgive an Addicted Parent

woman embracing her fatherForgiving an addicted parent is not easy, but it’s a vital part of the process of moving forward with your life. Until you let go of the pain of your past, it’s impossible to live fully in the present.

Acknowledge Your Experience

Your parent’s addiction may have affected you in a number of ways. For example:


How Regular Exercise Promotes a Lasting Recovery

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Being in recovery means more than simply refraining from abusing alcohol or drugs. For a lasting recovery, you need to address the underlying issues that contributed to your substance abuse and build the habits necessary for a wellness-focused lifestyle. Beginning a regular exercise program is a key part of this process.

Benefits of Exercise in Recovery


How Negative Thoughts Can Affect Your Sobriety

To some extent, everyone deals with negative thoughts during treatment.

drawing on notepad of thoughtsHowever, if you allow yourself to believe your negative thoughts are automatically true, they can become a serious threat to your recovery.

Common Negative Thoughts About Recovery

Negative thoughts encourage a victim mentality, promote a sense of hopelessness, and keep you from fulfilling your potential. They discourage the growth mindset that is a crucial part of overcoming the challenges faced in the first year of sobriety.