Romantic Relationships in Sobriety

Romantic Relationships in Sobriety  (Old and New) hold a certain temptation. A longing for the familiar, a desire for affection and companionship, even the effect feelings of love can have on the brain, can disrupt your new journey – and nothing is more important than your sobriety. Most recommend a year of sobriety before embarking on a new relationship. Your number one priority should be sobriety. But long-term relationships and marriages can muddle the notion. Here are a few tips for romantic relationships in sobriety: Old relationships Old relationships and new sobriety…

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Post Rehab Job Search

Post Rehab Job Search is an important part of the recovery process.  Addiction can complicate your employment history. For many professionals, use of sick days, vacation time, and short-term disability leave can secure their job while they are in treatment. But for those who lost their jobs due to addiction, or their addiction became their full-time focus, getting back to work can be daunting. Know this, your physical and mental health is more important than any job. Period. Going to rehab and getting sober was absolutely the right choice. Finding…

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How to Repair Family Relationships in Sobriety

How to Repair Family Relationships in Sobriety Outside of yourself, your family likely also took a huge brunt of the emotional pain that your addiction brought.  Each month, Balboa Horizons invites our clients’ loved ones to participate in our Family Support Group. Over the course of four days, family members learn to identify and address the problems they are facing and develop solutions that will help them on their own recovery journey. While you received guidance and counseling through rehab, your family likely did not get the same luxury. They…

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Nutrition and Exercise for Recovery

Sobriety effects all aspects of your life – and health. While your official rehab treatment helps to treat the mental and emotional effects of addiction, your physical health has probably taken a hit. Healthy eating and frequent exercise are key ingredients to an active life, and can even help you recover from addiction. Healthy Eating Drugs and alcohol have severe effects on the body and inhibit your nutritional intake. Further addiction and withdrawal can rob your body of the nutrition it needs to run efficiently. By changing your diet, you…

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Life After Treatment: 8 Tips for Success

You made the choice and you did the work. You entered a treatment facility for your addiction and put in the work to heal. It wasn’t easy and you’re proud of yourself completing your program. Your official rehab treatment has ended, but managing a sober lifestyle is not a passive experience. Life after treatment requires a dedicated effort to maintain what you’ve worked so hard to build. Old surroundings, familiar circumstances, more freedom and looming temptation can hurt your chances of sustainable recovery. As you prepare to enter back into…

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5 Ways Sober Living Environments Will Increase Long-Term Recovery

The transition between the life of an addict, to life in treatment, to a new sober life outside of treatment can be jarring. So much has happened in a short period of time. Your whole life has changed – for the better. Once you leave your formal treatment center, the familiarity of home life can threaten your newfound sobriety. This is why many consider a Sober Living Environment (also known as a Halfway House) to aid in their transition from treatment to home life. Sober Living Environments are group facilities…

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Creating a Sleep Routine in Recovery

A good nights sleep can be hard to come by for those in addiction recovery. A research study performed at the University of Michigan found that children who had difficulty sleeping between the ages of three and five were twice as likely to develop chemical abuse as teenagers than those who were restful sleepers. It seems that addiction and insomnia can go hand in hand. Both can feel like debilitating conditions, but with the right tools and resources they can be challenges not curses. To overcome a challenge one can…

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Managing Sugar Cravings in Recovery

There are many inside jokes in recovery. One being, “I put the plug in the jug and the refrigerator door popped open.” It’s common for people in recovery to stop one addiction and then start another; a common one is eating sugar. Constantly reaching for candy, cookies, frozen yogurt and any other food loaded with sweetness is routine. Physiologically the consumption of sugar stimulates the release of dopamine in the brain, which creates the feelings of pleasure. Alcohol, heroin, morphine and sugar all stimulate the secretion of dopamine. Hence the common…

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Yoga and Addiction Recovery

To the blind eye it may seem that yoga is simply a bunch of stretching and napping, but if you move a little deeper you’ll see that there is more to what meets the eye. Yoga is gaining popularity in the addiction recovery community for its emotional, physical and spiritual benefits. Its combination of mindful movements, meditation and breath work create the awareness needed to change harmful patterns. These tools work in the following ways: Mindful Movement Essentially, recovery is about establishing new patterns-yoga teaches the body to do just…

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