Self

Let Go of Shame

“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.”  ~ Brené Brown Do you feel shame because of your addiction? The thing is, there is plenty of shame to go around when it comes to addiction. Family members, especially parents, feel it as well. I felt anxious…

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sobriety

Abstinence vs. Sobriety

As it is often said in the addiction treatment profession, there is a clear separation between abstinence and sobriety. Abstinence can be defined simply as physical free from mind-altering substances. Abstinence doesn’t address behaviors, emotions, mental health, etc. It just means that the person is free of drugs/alcohol. Sobriety includes abstinence, but also encompasses much…

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Sponsorship

10 Benefits of Sponsorship

Sponsorship, as recommended in AA and NA, is a vital component of a 12-step program. The benefits of a good sponsor are crucial to someone new in recovery. While a sponsor is not required for sobriety, experience has proven that people who find a sponsor and follow suggestions have a greater chance of staying sober.…

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