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My Best Friend Gave me my First Drink at Age 13

Posted by Steps to Recovery on February 4, 2013 I will never forget that day, we were hanging around and she broke out a bottle of vodka from her parent’s cabinet and mixed up a drink with some 7-Up. I was so shocked, I couldn’t believe she was getting into her parent’s liquor, I would never have the guts….And then she offered me the drink and told me her parents

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Caffeine and Nicotine Addiction

Caffeine and Nicotine are Drugs, Why are They Excused in Recovery?

Posted by Steps to Recovery on January 27, 2013 When you go into recovery, it’s important to let your body completely detox and heal. Which definitely means abstaining from illicit drugs and alcohol. I think a really important part of this is also eating well and getting a little bit of healthy movement. I also feel that abstaining from caffeine and nicotine should be a part of this detox. After

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Life without drugs

Life is Boring Without Drugs

Posted by Steps to Recovery on January 26, 2013 There were so many times in my life before sobriety that I quit using for short periods but always came back to my addiction. “Life is boring without drugs” was a pretty constant excuse for me. When I wasn’t high, I didn’t feel any eagerness to do things, I just wanted to sleep, I didn’t want to think about things, and

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Relapsed on my Birthday

I Almost Relapsed on my Birthday But..

Posted by Steps to Recovery on December 27, 2012 Three years ago I was in very early recovery, I had been clean for almost 7 months and the holidays rolled around. I made it through Christmas ok, honestly the holidays hadn’t really been a big deal to me in a long time anyways so I didn’t find it particularly triggering or difficult to go through. But a few days after

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Routine in Addiction Recovery

The Importance of A Routine For Recovery – Part 3

Posted by Steps to Recovery on December 20, 2012 In my last 2 posts I discussed why having a routine is an important part of recovery. I talked about how routine for recovery helps to ease anxiety, promote stability, how it gives you something to rely on, prepares you for more responsibility and leads to increased self esteem. If you haven’t read these posts yet, part 1 is here and

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Addiction Recovery Plan

Why Is A Recovery Routine Important – Part 2

Posted by Steps to Recovery on December 19th, 2012 In yesterday’s post I discussed 2 reasons why routine is important in recovery, which were to promote stability and prepare a person for more responsibility. Today I will add a few more topics to the list. Routine helps lessen anxiety. When you have no intentions for your time, it is easy for a feeling of unease to set in and anxiety to

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Plan your Addiction Recovery

How Can Routine In Recovery Help You Or A Loved One?

Posted by Steps to Recovery on December 18th, 2012 When I was in my active addiction, I really resisted having a set routine. Even in the beginning of early recovery, I tried to avoid getting on a routine aside from my groups and classes through my program. (And of course sometimes I resisted going to classes and groups.) I didn’t believe it supported my desire to be a free individual,

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Staying clean through the holidays

Headed Home for the Holidays and Staying Clean

Posted by Steps to Recovery on December 17, 2012 Tomorrow I will be headed home for the holidays and my 34th birthday with my family. “Home” is over 1600 miles away from where I live now, I left there 13 years ago to escape all my woes and try to outrun my addiction. Little did I know then that it’s not as easy as picking up and leaving..As they say,

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the benefit of Spirituality in Addiction Recovery

Spirituality and Recovery

Posted by Steps to Recovery on December 13, 2012 Many people who are struggling with alcohol dependency and drug addiction often describe a feeling of being lost or having no purpose. They talk about needing to drink just to feel something, to be closer to people or to ignore their own feelings. This is very similar to the experience some people describe as how they feel when they have lost

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More ways to develop Emotional Intelligence in Recovery

More Ways to Develop Emotional Intelligence in Recovery

Posted by Steps to Recovery on December 8, 2012 In my post yesterday, I discussed 3 ways to develop emotional intelligence in recovery. I touched on empathy, nonverbal communication and listening. All very important topics, and here are a few more to add to those tools to help you on your journey of recovery and achieving deeper emotional intelligence. Recognize emotions – Learning to recognize emotions is a skill that many

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