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How to Enjoy Sober Holidays

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: December 6, 2020 Updated: February 18, 2021 Stress increases during the holidays, especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas. As a result, it becomes challenging for individuals battling substance abuse and mental health-related issues to cope. Family members can be a source of emotional pain. Since the holidays are…

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How to Maintain Your Sobriety During the Holiday Season

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: December 2, 2020 Updated: April 28, 2021 Every December, many American families get together and make merry. It is a month of glad tidings, and alcohol is often part of having fun. However, if you are in recovery from substance abuse, the holiday season can be difficult…

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3 Ways to Enjoy a Sober Thanksgiving

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: November 6, 2020 Updated: November 3, 2020 The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Turkey and cranberry sauce. Football. Thanksgiving in the United States is made up of traditions. But some of those traditions can cause stress and strain for people in recovery. These events can challenge your commitment…

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4 Benefits of Following a 12 Step Program

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: September 23, 2020 Updated: October 29, 2020 Patients have access to many addiction treatment options. Twelve-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) rank high in popularity. A 12 step program helps patients build a peer support system. In doing so, they can continue moving…

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Tips for Navigating a Sober Summer

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: July 12, 2020 Updated: April 28, 2021 Summer is one of the best seasons of the year, but people undergoing the process of quitting substance abuse can find the period challenging. Many of those experiencing their first sober summer usually wonder whether family gatherings, barbecues, beach tours,…

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Relapse Prevention Techniques for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: July 1, 2020 Updated: July 17, 2020 Recovery from alcohol or drug addiction is a prolonged process that doesn’t merely end with the completion of detoxification. Efficient relapse prevention techniques are vital for learning how to live a happy and sober life after leaving Northern Illinois Recovery‘s…

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What to Expect at Your First AA Meeting

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: June 17, 2020 Updated: June 18, 2020 People have been attending AA meetings for several decades. This dynamic group was founded in 1935, and the meetings are widespread throughout the United States. The acronym AA stands for Alcoholics Anonymous, and it is designed to help people who…