15 Jul Build Boundaries to Protect Your Recovery

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An important part of staying sober after recovery is learning to avoid temptation and triggers that will send you back into bad old habits. In order to create an environment that will nurture your recovery when you come home, you need to learn how to set boundaries in your life and your relationships.

Many of us hesitate to set boundaries, thinking that it makes us cowardly, selfish, or mean. However, boundaries are actually a mark of courage and compassion, according to researcher Brene Brown:

“Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others.”

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01 May Sobriety Is about Connection

Sobriety is about connection.

According to the book Chasing the Scream, by journalist Johann Hari, the “opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety, but connection.” There is a lot of truth to this, as sobriety is more of a lifestyle, rather than simply not taking drugs, and addiction is primarily destructive because of how it alienates people further into the fringes of society. However, from a nuanced perspective, what sobriety is about is actually connection. If sobriety is a lifestyle, then the ways that we interact with our fellow man are the tenets that hold such a lifestyle together, so that we can share in our human experience in positive and fulfilling ways. Here is some information about this ideology, as well as Johann Hari’s experience with it...

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15 Apr Alcohol Abuse Increases Heart Risks

A man stares into a glass of whiskey.We may get used to hearing about the dangers of alcohol abuse. However, it is important not to get complacent when you hear about the ways that alcohol can impact your health, or else you may become numb to the truth of the situation. While more and more people are becoming knowledgeable about the cardiovascular danger of long-term alcohol abuse, not enough is being discussed about how the short term effects of immediate alcohol intake. Here is some more information about the effects on your heart that drinking alcohol can have...

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01 Feb The Dangers of Binge Drinking

A fuzzy assortment of different bottles of alcohol fills a shelf, outside.Young people have a tendency to find themselves involved in a dangerous activity or pastime. In a way, it’s part of what it means to be young. However, there is certainly a point when youthful shenanigans pass the line into something that puts the health of the body at far too much risk to be acceptable. One such case, which is extremely popular with college and high school students nowadays, is binge drinking, the action of consuming multiple drinks in a row for the purpose of getting extremely drunk. This is notably different from typical alcoholism, because the individuals who partake in binge drinking do not consume alcohol every day. However, when they do drink, it is in dangerously large amounts (usually 5 drinks, or more).  While it may seem like it is just a practice to let loose at a party, there are very real dangers that come along with the activity of binge drinking...

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