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7 Helpful Tips for Moving On After Sober Living

7 Helpful Tips for Moving On After Sober Living rehab client moving to sober living

This podcast is all about sharing positive advice and wisdom for daily life in recovery. In this episode, I’m going to share 7 helpful tips for moving on after you complete a sober living program.

A sober living home is a safe and protective haven after rehab and the transition back home can sometimes be difficult, especially if you lack a strong recovery support system. Whether you’re moving back home with family or you’re relocating to a new place for a fresh start, here are a few helpful tips to help you move on after completing a sober living program.

1. Continue building your support system.
2. Practice budgeting while you’re still at your sober living home.
3. Set goals for yourself.
4. Find recovery meetings that work for you.
5. Continue your structured routine.
6. Opt out of events and situations that could trigger a relapse.
7. Volunteer in your community.

7 Natural Ways to Manage Chronic Pain in Recovery

7 Natural Ways to Manage Chronic Pain in Recovery 7 Natural Ways to Manage Chronic Pain in Recovery

In this episode, I’m going to provide 7 natural ways to manage chronic pain in recovery.

Often when we go to the doctor, the first option for pain relief is medication. However, this may not be the best option if you are recovering from severe addiction and the benefits of using opioids for pain relief may not outweigh the risks.

If you are recovering from opioid addiction, pain management in recovery can be a complex challenge. Many people in recovery choose to avoid prescription medications like opioids. However, dealing with chronic pain daily can make sobriety difficult and relapse more likely.

Fortunately, there are many different natural pain relief methods and treatments that are just as effective as medication, without all the harmful side effects or potential for relapse.

“Natural” pain relief methods are holistic treatment methods that do not involve prescription medication like opioids, antidepressants, or other over-the-counter medications that could potentially be abused.

If you struggle with chronic pain and you’re in recovery, there are several different types of holistic or natural pain management methods that may help you adjust to a life of sobriety. Here are seven effective ones.
1. Yoga
2. Massage Therapy
3. Physical Therapy
4. Mindfulness Meditation
5. Acupuncture
6. Individual and Group Counseling
7. Exercise

8 Daily Relapse Prevention Tips

8 Daily Relapse Prevention Tips 8 Daily Relapse Prevention Tips

Hi there, thanks for joining me. This podcast is all about sharing positive advice and wisdom for daily life in recovery. In this episode, I’m going to provide 8 daily relapse prevention tips.

If you are in recovery, you’re most likely fully aware that every day can be a challenge. Although your days in detox and rehab are over and you’re not actively abusing drugs and alcohol anymore, day-to-day life can still be filled with triggers, stressful occurrences, and cravings.
You’re not alone in this struggle and many other people are also be facing similar challenges each day.

Relapse is a very real risk so implementing these daily relapse prevention tips and strategies is a great way to maintain your sobriety. Most people are often more successful at maintaining long-term sobriety with the help of a support system and ongoing recovery services. In addition to those services, here are eight relapse prevention tips. Keep these things in mind each day and use them to address any warning signs of relapse.

Tip #1. Know the signs of emotional and mental relapse.
Tip #2. Be aware of how you’re feeling, emotionally and physically.
Tip #3. Fill your free time.
Tip #4. Resist the urge to skip support group meetings.
Tip #5. Carry your emergency contact list with you wherever you go.
Tip #6. Always have a backup plan.
Tip #7. Take care of yourself first.
Tip #8. Invest your time in building healthy relationships instead of lingering on old, unhealthy ones.

13 Natural Ways to Manage Depression in Recovery

13 Natural Ways to Manage Depression in Recovery woman painting to reduce her stress

This podcast is all about sharing positive advice and wisdom for daily life in recovery. In this episode, I’m going to talk a little bit about depression, how it relates to addiction recovery, and 13 natural ways to find some relief.

Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression and it is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Depression can severely affect a person’s emotional and physical health, causing feelings of emptiness and sadness, insomnia, weight fluctuations, cognitive problems, fatigue, weakened immune system, and at its worst, suicide.

Most people in recovery are very familiar with the effects of depression because depression and substance abuse frequently co-exist. People often abuse drugs or alcohol to escape their sadness, but substance abuse can also cause depression. The cycle of depression and substance abuse often continues endlessly.

Many people turn to antidepressants to combat depression, however, prescription drugs may not always be the best choice for someone with a history of addiction. Fortunately, there are many “natural” non-medicated ways to combat depression if you’re in recovery.

Here are 13 natural ways to manage depression in recovery.
1. Establish and maintain a daily routine.
2. Set daily goals.
3. Volunteer.
4. Try aromatherapy.
5. Make some dietary changes.
6. Get moving.
7. Catch some rays.
8. Consider getting a pet.
9. Stay involved with your community support group.
10. Make music a part of your daily life.
11. Practice meditation or yoga for a few minutes each day.
12. Do something new.
13. Prioritize fun.

8 Hobbies That Can Reduce Anxiety

8 Hobbies That Can Reduce Anxiety woman painting to reduce her stress

This podcast is all about sharing positive advice and wisdom for daily life in recovery. In this episode, I’m going to share 8 hobbies that can help reduce anxiety.

Overall, researchers estimate that about 20 percent of people who suffer from addiction are also plagued by an anxiety disorder. Some studies estimate that this rate may even be as high as 50 percent among people who are suffering from trauma.

Unfortunately, anxiety doesn’t just disappear once you get sober. In fact, experiences in early recovery often cause an increase in anxiety, making it more difficult for people in recovery to stay sober. Running into old acquaintances who still use drugs, walking past a bar you used to go to frequently, being bored, or even just thinking about taking on a difficult day without a drink can cause feelings of anxiety to flare up.

Although anxiety may be a serious issue for you, there are several different hobbies that may help you develop a new sense of “normal” in your life as you adjust to sobriety.

#1. Playing a musical instrument
#2. Art and coloring
#3. Sports
#4. Gardening
#5. Yoga or Tai Chi
#6. Writing
#7. Knitting or Crocheting
#8. Volunteering with animals

10 Ways to Develop Resilience in Sobriety

10 Ways to Develop Resilience in Sobriety 10 Ways to Develop Resilience in Sobriety

This podcast is all about sharing positive advice and wisdom for daily life in recovery. In this episode, I’m going to share 10 ways you can work to develop resilience in a life of sobriety.

First of all, making the transition from addiction into a sober lifestyle requires hard work, life skills, and the ability to cope with challenges as they arise. After completing rehab, you might find yourself struggling to overcome certain setbacks that make it difficult to stay sober. This can lead to overwhelming feelings of anxiety, depression, or even a full-blown relapse.

Often, relapse is a result of a lack of resilience; an essential skill for anyone in recovery. If you’re newly sober and you’re struggling to survive the day-to-day sober, taking steps to develop your resilience can help you learn how to cope and break free from the cycle of chronic relapse.

So, what is resilience then? Psych Central defines resilience as the ability to adapt to difficult circumstances or life events. In other words, if you are resilient, you can bounce back and recover from challenging life circumstances like addiction, trauma, or financial problems. Instead of getting stuck in a bad place, you’re able to move forward and learn from the experience.

There are lots of ways you can work to develop resilience in your daily life. Whether you’ve been sober for a few days, months, or several years, here are 10 ways you can develop resilience in your own life.

#1. Make sober connections.
#2. Start viewing challenges as an opportunity to improve.
#3. Accept that you don’t have control everything.
#4. Develop personal goals and take steps to work toward them daily.
#5. Take action.
#6. Actively seek opportunities for personal growth.
#7. Believe in yourself and your abilities.
#8. Maintain a level head.
#9. Practice self-care.
#10. Nurture spiritual practices.

7 Ways Outdoor Activities Support Your Sobriety

7 Ways Outdoor Activities Support Your Sobriety 7 Ways Outdoor Activities Support Your Sobriety

This podcast is all about sharing positive advice and wisdom for daily life in recovery. In this episode, I’m going to share 7 ways that outdoor activities can support your sobriety.

Getting outside and doing something active isn’t just good for your physical health—it also provides several great benefits for people in recovery. In fact, wilderness therapy is recognized as a beneficial form of therapy by the American Psychological Association. Research studies show that many of these programs provide significant improvements in clients’ overall motivation, life skills, interpersonal relationships, hope, self-confidence, and emotional control.

The best thing about wilderness therapy and outdoor activities is that you don’t have to be enrolled in a rehab program to experience the benefits of spending time outdoors. All you have to do is head outside. Even simple activities like a walk or a bike ride can provide so many physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits that will support your sobriety.

So, if you’re newly sober and looking for ways to enhance your substance-free lifestyle, here are seven specific ways outdoor sober activities can provide support a life in recovery.

#1. Outdoor sober activities provide opportunities for emotional discovery.
#2. Outdoor activities are healing.
#3. Outdoor sober activities improve your attitude.
#4. Outdoor sober activities push you beyond your comfort zone.
#5. Outdoor activities improve communication and your ability to work with others.
#6. Outdoor activities help you develop problem-solving skills.
#7. Outdoor activities are fun.

7 Positive Things You Realize About Yourself When You Get Sober

7 Positive Things You Realize About Yourself When You Get Sober happy woman smiling outside

This podcast is all about sharing positive advice and wisdom for daily life in recovery. In this episode, I’m going to share 7 different positive things you realize about yourself when you get sober.

So, substance abuse and addiction can take a toll on the way others view us and the way we view ourselves. In fact, drug abuse itself is often a symptom of low-self esteem and self-hate. On the other hand, getting sober (and staying that way) is just as much a physical process as it is an emotional and psychological one. It’s no easy feat but the endeavor is truly a life-changing experience.

Many great things happen when you get sober and some of the best things aren’t necessarily tangible. Instead, they happen on the inside. If you are new to sobriety or you’re thinking about ditching the harmful substance abuse habits in your life, here are seven positive things you might realize about yourself when you get sober.

#1. You can trust yourself.
#2. You can be a morning person and be productive.
#3. You can cope.
#4. You have self-control.
#5. You can be a good friend.
#6. Good things can happen to you.
#7. You have interests and skills that you never knew about.

10 Habits of Highly Successful Sober College Students

10 Habits of Highly Successful Sober College Students college students

This podcast is all about sharing positive advice and wisdom for daily life in recovery. In this episode, we’re going to talk about 10 habits of highly successful sober college students.

It’s already that time of year again: school is back in session and college students are heading back to campus to reunite with friends for another year of academics. However, for many students, studying is likely to take a backseat to partying and substance abuse.

If you’re a sober student heading back to college for the first time, it’s important that you set yourself up for success with habits that will protect your sobriety. Being immersed in a culture where students’ goals are to party every weekend can be rough, especially for students in recovery. However, having the tools to stay sober will make all the difference.

Here are 10 habits of highly successful college students that you can implement in your own life.

#1. They surround themselves with other successful, sober students.
#2. They anticipate relapse and prepare for it.
#3. They keep their sobriety in perspective.
#4. They avoid high-risk situations.
#5. They find creative and healthy ways to manage stress.
#6. They prioritize a clean, safe, and sober living environment for themselves.
#7. They maintain a sense of balance in everyday life.
#8. They take advantage of recovery support resources for sober students.
#9. They plan for an alternative spring break.
#10. They get involved with the local community.

9 Natural Highs that Support a Life in Recovery

9 Natural Highs that Support a Life in Recovery 9 Natural Highs that Support a Life in Recovery

This podcast is all about sharing positive advice and wisdom for daily life in recovery, and today we’re going to discuss nine different activities that provide a natural high.

So, first of all, it’s important for me to note that chasing any type of high (either natural or drug-induced) can be dangerous and unhealthy, but a balanced lifestyle that includes endorphin-boosting activities can enhance your sober life.

Although a drug-induced high is the one we need to avoid in recovery, certain activities can produce similar feelings of pleasure and euphoria without the use of drugs or alcohol. These activities work to create a natural high by influencing your body’s production of endorphins. Endorphins are peptides that are produced by the brain. They are often referred to as the “feel-good hormone.” They help reduce pain and increase feelings of happiness and positivity.

Now that you know a little bit about how it works, here are nine natural highs you can enjoy in recovery.

#1. Physical exercise
#2. Laughter
#3. Meditation
#4. Music
#5. Vanilla or lavender scents
#6. Dancing
#7. Volunteering
#8. Massages
#9. Sharing your recovery story

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