10 Best Recovery Slogans & How to Apply Them

Folks in 12 step programs understand that in early recovery, we can't remember things even if we want to. They provide us with acronyms and simple sayings that speak volumes.

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Relapse after long term sobriety: embarrassment is normal but shame and embarrassment can kill you if they keep you from getting the help you need. Learn what to do after relapse, no matter how many years of sobriety you have behind you.

Most medical professionals receive very little training in addictions so you need to protect your own recovery. You may need addictive medications. Make sure to consider the risks, ask the right questions and advocate for yourself.

Recovery milestones like the first 30, 90 or 365 days can increase your relapse risks. Learn about the specific dangers and pitfalls at each stage and get prepared to avoid them

Finding Purpose and Passion through the Actions of Recovery © Prayerfriends

Learn how getting and staying sober can spark a life of purpose and passion.

Starting Recovery with a Criminal Record - Overcoming Barriers to Success © Dgblitwin

Don't let a criminal record, probation or parole break your recovery efforts. Read on for 6 tips on building a better future, despite a difficult past.

Forget Light-Speed Sobriety! Learning Life-Moderation and Recovering at a Healthy Pace © Matthias Weinberger

You can't live recovery at the same pace you lived addiction - all or nothing. Learn new speeds beyond "all out" and "dead stop".

How to Increase Your Recovery Willpower © Tina:0)

Self-discipline and restraint: willpower isn't something you have or don't have - it's something you can build on your own and with others.

Restarting Life in Recovery: Your Life's Not a Failure - You Have a Fresh Start! © -HNDRK-

From the high-life to minimum wage - how do you start over again at the bottom rung without feeling like a loser?

Learning from Relapse: 13 Questions to Ask Yourself after a Slip © Andreas Levers

Ask and answer the following 13 questions after a slip to identify exactly what led you into trouble.

How Domestic Violence Complicates Addiction Recovery: Ideas for Life-Change © Mysi

Domestic abuse complicates addiction recovery and addiction makes it harder to break free from abuse. This article explores recovery options.

How to Write a Relapse Prevention Plan © enthuan

This article describes what a relapse prevention plan is and how to write an effective plan. It includes ideas for what you can include in a simple relapse prevention plan or a detailed recovery plan.

2013’s Best Expert Addiction and Mental Health Answers! © Kevin Dooley

The best of the best – an incredible collection of 12 comprehensive expert answers on subjects as diverse as the ethics of passing bipolar on to biological children, organ donation for alcoholics, talking to small children about addiction and staying sober at college as a freshman alcoholic.

7 Strategies for Staying Sober Over the Holidays © Thomas Hawk

Worried about how you’ll make it through Thanksgiving? Here are 7 simple suggestions for making sure your holidays don't end in relapse.

Late-Stage Sobriety -  Facing Recovery and Serious Health Conditions © Emanuele Tagliaferri

Addiction may cause debilitating or even fatal health conditions. How do you start recovery when you've already done so much damage? This article explores the worth and benefits of late-stage recovery.

Cultivating Gratitude: a Guide to Recovery Happiness © Thomas Hawk

How to be happy right now. We don't find what we're not looking for. In the midst of striving for a better life we often lose sight of all we have to be grateful for.

A No-Relapse Guide to Coping with Grief & Loss © George Hodan

Grief and loss can rock you, no matter how strong your recovery. Learn to grieve in healthy ways to sustain your recovery and honor your departed loved-one.

Mentoring in Recovery - Staying Sober by Helping Others © Prabhu B Doss

You can't keep it unless you give it away. Here are practical tips for using your own strengths and experiences to help others build recovery.

Learning to Forgive Yourself and Let Go of Guilt and Shame © Toni Blay

Alcoholics and addicts do things in active addiction which leave them feeling guilt and shame. Learn what you can do to get over your guilt and shame to forgive yourself and let go of the past.

No Codependence! A How-to Guide to Family Recovery Support © Evil Erin

Worrying doesn't actually help but it could make things worse. Learn how to really offer support by taking care of yourself first, learning from others via self-help groups and by working to transform the whole-family dynamic for the better.

Peer Recovery Support Services – Build Lasting Recovery with a Little Help from Your Friends © Phil H

We often talk about formal treatment and self-help groups like AA, but we rarely mention the third essential pillar of recovery – peer driven recovery support services. Find out how recovery support services can help you stay clean and sober for good.

In Recovery: Becoming an Addictions Counselor - How to Succeed and What to Consider © Tojosan

In recovery and thinking about becoming an addictions counselor? Here's what's needed to get in and do well in this very worthwhile field.

Being Financially Responsible in Recovery - Learning Essential Skills © Bilobicles bag

This article explores the importance of learning financial responsibility in recovery. Addicts in recovery need to learn to place financial needs over material wants. This can take planning, budgeting and thinking of long-term needs over the instant gratification of wants.

Restarting after Relapse - Maintaining Your Hope for Recovery © Pol Sifter

Resilience is the greatest form of strength. As hard as getting back up after a relapse is, it's vital. The question we're left asking ourselves is, "What's going to be different this time?"

Pink Clouds & Other Pitfalls in Recovery © Cobalt123

Early recovery is an emotional rollercoaster. We want to celebrate, recruit others to join our new fantastic way of life, make up for lost time and take on way too much all at once! With patience and prioritizing you can enjoy all the good without falling back into the bad.

Addiction Recovery: Using the S.M.A.R.T. Framework to Achieve Goals © Mutsmut

Learn this effective system for accomplishing short, middle and longer-term goals.

Learning  to Have Fun in Recovery © Express Monorail

Boredom in recovery can lead addicts to relapse so it is important to find ways to have fun in recovery. This article explores ways to discover new interests and fun activities to keep people in recovery from feeling bored and restless.

Preparing for Your First Job in Recovery © Susanne13

Getting your first job in recovery can be a scary thing to consider. You probably need the money, but you're also scared of relapse - how can you know when you're ready? Read on to find out how to prepare yourself for safe employment now that you're in recovery.

Going Back to School Once in Recovery © Polkadotandplaid

An article about the benefits of and how to prepare for going back to school in recovery. It includes information and resources for getting your GED, going to college or to a trade school and has links to GED testing and financial aid for school sites.

Restarting Your Career in Recovery © Snapsi

Guidelines for getting back to work once safely in recovery. How much to reveal, how to deal with questions, how to return to your old job, or if you can't or don't want to - how to get a new one even with a large gap in your resume.

"You Got Sober, Now Grow Up!" - Learn to Make Friends, Get a Sober Job, Go to School, Etc. © Christiano Betta

Discover who you are without alcohol or drugs! Many addicts and alcoholics fail to complete some of the normal developmental tasks due to their addiction. Recovery becomes a time to go back and complete tasks that were delayed because of addiction.

Recovery Road-Map: The First 5 Years © Amexis Mire

An explanation of the first 4 stages of recovery: how long each one takes, what kind of treatment you need in each stage, and what you need to accomplish before you can graduate to a higher stage.

Don’t Let a Slip Turn Into a Relapse © Ohsoabnormal

Some basic facts about relapse, why a slip never needs to mean the end of a recovery or that treatment has failed, what to do if you slip (right away) and how to reduce your odds of relapse in the first place.

Creating Sober Excitement – Beating the Blahs to Beat Relapse © White Ribbons

After a few months, it’s easy to hit a recovery wall and start to feel bored and dissatisfied with your new clean and sober lifestyle. This dissatisfaction will pass, but until it does, you can lower your risk of relapse by taking some time to plan islands of excitement to look forward to.

Sober Friends Support Your Recovery. A How-To Guide to Making Sober Friends and Building a Healthy Support Network © Radioher

Quitting drugs or drinking often means severing ties with your old drinking/using buddies…but what do you do if you don’t have any other friends? Here’s a how-to guide to starting over and building sober friendships.

Holiday Relapse Risk Self-Test © Vanessa Lynn

It’s hard to avoid the craziness of the holiday season and there’s no doubt that holiday periods create extra stress and lead to extra exposure to triggers and cravings. Do the holidays threaten your recovery? Take this self test and see if your Christmas season habits put you at risk of relapse.

Developing Manageability and Stability to Reduce Stress and Avoid Relapse © Pink Sherbet Photography

There's an adage in self help, "We found the only thing we needed to change was everything." As we adjust to life without drugs and alcohol, we need to develop new habits to guard against our old ones.

Make Up for the Past: 7 Ways to Strengthen a Romantic Relationship in Early Recovery © sicoactiva

A relationship strengthening worksheet: once in recovery you can improve intimacy and relationship satisfaction and you can do it from day 1, and since a sober intimate partner can provide such great recovery support, making things right at home is one of the best things you can do for everyone involved.

How to Handle Negative Emotions without Drugs or Alcohol - Using Mindfulness and Mental Imagery to Cope with Uncomfortable Feelings © Ferran

Until you learn to deal with difficult emotions without falling into a bottle or getting high you’ll have a hard time truly breaking free. Fortunately, you can learn ‘distress tolerance’ skills and with a little practice you won’t need to run and hide from your feelings anymore.

In Recovery? A 7 Step Guide to Solving Problems without Drugs or Alcohol © Dhammza

If you’re in recovery you’re probably used to dealing with problems by getting drunk or high. Unexpected problems are still coming (as they always do) so get ready for them. Learn effective problem solving techniques today and avoid relapse tomorrow.

Sleep and Recovery © Kema Keur

Clinical research proves that one of the greatest indicators of relapse is poor sleeping during initial sobriety. Unfortunately, the legacy of alcohol abuse on sleeping cycles makes falling asleep and achieving a restful sleep very difficult. Learn about the influence of sleep on recovery, and tips on getting a good night's sleep.

Feel Better about Yourself - 6 Practices That Raise Self Esteem © Jon McGovern

Discover the 6 life practices associated with healthy self esteem and make a few changes to boost your own sense of self worth!

12 Greatest Recovery Quotes from Famous Writers and Thinkers © Black History Album

Feeling stuck in addiction? Lacking confidence or motivation for change? Read on and get inspired by 12 wisdom-filled quotes on addiction recovery from some of history’s greatest writers and thinkers.

SAMHSA’s 10 Rules for a Successful Recovery © _Ambrown

After convening a panel of experts and consumers to talk about what’s really important in the recovery process SAMHSA has released an updated 10 rule guidebook on sustaining a successful recovery. Here are the 10 things you need to do to achieve and maintain your recovery.

The Importance of Resilience in Addiction Recovery © Trident82

Resilient people adapt to change and bounce back from adversity – and resilient people are less likely to react to tragedy or great stress with relapse back to substance abuse. If you’re in recovery, resilience can save your life. Read on to learn 8 ways to become a more resilient person.

Urge Surfing: Beat Cravings and Relapse with a Mindfulness Technique © DavidRphoto

For the next 10 seconds, try not to think of a pink elephant…Impossible, right?! The fact is, the more you try to suppress an impulse to use drugs or alcohol the more fixated your mind becomes on that very impulse, and this is bad news for anyone serious about maintaining their sobriety. Fortunately, you don’t have to drink or use and you don’t have to fight or suppress your cravings, all you have to do is surf over them and they’ll disappear – using a proven mindfulness technique known as urge surfing.

10 Easy Ways to Raise Your Self Esteem and Enjoy Life a Little More Each Day! © Stevendepolo

Make a few minor changes, take on a few of those tasks that have been weighing on you, pamper yourself a little bit and learn to accept yourself for the great person - with strengths and weaknesses - that you already are.

Occupations with Highest Rates of Substance Abuse © NickWheeleroz

In recovery, it’s helpful to avoid over exposure to peers who abuse drugs and alcohol. Here’s some information on the occupations that are most and least associated with substance abuse.

In Recovery – How to Find a Job After a Long Period of Substance Abuse © Noodlepie

Idle hands and too many idle hours aren’t often helpful as you strive to maintain your recovery – and also, everyone needs to make a living, right?! Problematically though, addiction is rarely associated with high job performance and though you’re now in recovery and ready to do great work – the gaps in your resume can make it hard to even get in the door. In a booming economy, it might not matter, but when times are tight, getting a job in early recovery can be really tough. Here’s a list of resource agencies that specialize in helping people in recovery find work – as well as a list of tips for general job searching success.

The Americans with Disabilities Act – Protecting Your Right to Ongoing Treatment © Mr. T in DC

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as long as you no longer use illegal drugs, you have a right to treatment and you cannot face discrimination at the workplace because of your past addiction. Learn more about your rights under this federal law and find out what to do if your employer violates the law.

Don’t Like AA? 6 Community Alternatives to 12 Steps Groups © Grzegorz Łobiński

Getting and staying involved in a community self help and support group during the initial period of recovery is a very good idea. Support groups can keep help keep you motivated to stay at the fight, can offer wisdom and encouragement and can be an excellent source of sober support and friendship. 12 steps groups are the most common type of community support group, but not everyone finds what they need though the 12 steps - and some people find the spiritual component uncomfortable. Here then, are 6 great alternatives to AA and NA.

Addictive pain medications pose a real threat to anyone in recovery, but then, so does chronic and untreated pain. Learn of drug-free pain management strategies, and a safer way to take narcotic drugs.

Why rehab graduates stay on after graduation, and how to choose a quality rehab.

A long period of alcohol abuse can take a heavy toll on the body, and few people enter treatment in optimum health. Heavy drinking interferes with the body's absorption, processing and even consumption of vitamins and nutrients, and chronic drinking often causes serious vitamin deficiencies.

With more than 75 years of history, and literally tens of millions of lives bettered, 12 steps recovery programs have value. they don't work for everyone, but they're free, they're everywhere and they might just work for you. Give 12 steps a try...and stay sober one day at a time.

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Overview
  • CONTINUING CARE: Staying involved in a continuing care program for at least a year into recovery increases the odds of success
  • SOBER LIVING HOMES: Also called halfway homes, these safe places provide affordable low-temptation living to those early to recovery
  • STRESS: It's a recovery killer. Minimizing stress and learning stress managment techniques reduces the odds of relapse
  • RELAPSE: A common but avoidable stop to recovery - How to Avoid it!
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Recovery at Work Provides supportive workplaces for people in recovery.
Bazelon Center A nonprofit providing legal support for the re-integration of addicts and people suffering from mental illness.
AddictionSurvivors.org A nonprofit providing online peer support forums for addicts in recovery.
Recovery Month Taking place every September, the National Recovery Month celebrates people in recovery, and educates Americans about the benefits of addiction treatment and mental health services.
SMART Recovery Organizes online and face-to-face recovery support groups around the world.
Alcoholics Anonymous The official website for AA - the world's largest peer support group.
Narcotics Anonymous A world-wide mutual aid organization for addicts.
Moderation Management Secular support groups promoting early self-recognition of risky drinking behavior, when moderate drinking is a more easily achievable goal than abstinence.
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Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) SOS is an anonymous network of local peer support groups. Their secular recovery method is an alternative to spiritual 12-Step programs.
Recovery International Organized local meetings, telephone- and online sessions that follow a system of cognitive-behavioral self-help techniques developed by Abraham Low.
Women for Sobriety Inc. A nonprofit organization teaching an alternative recovery method to the traditional 12-steps, for women seeking to overcome alcoholism and other addictions
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