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Benefits of Having a Sober Summer Vacation

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Colin Moore Colin Moore read more Published: June 15, 2021 Updated: May 27, 2021 As the weather warms up and summer approaches, you probably want to start planning get-togethers and trips with friends. A lot of the time, summer plans might include food, fun–and alcohol. But if…

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Making Sense of Sobriety

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 28, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 What is sobriety? According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the definition of sobriety is simply not being intoxicated. Furthermore, the manual explains that sobriety is more about the absence of drinking problems, not about abstinence.…

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Getting the Most from Addiction Counseling

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 26, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 More than 10% of people in the United States deal with a substance abuse disorder each year. Addiction and substance abuse disorders can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, background, or education. The cause of addiction is unknown, which means…

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What is Recovery Coaching?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 20, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 People who struggle with addiction and complete a rehab program are at risk of future relapses. Aftercare and support are important aspects of recovery and maintaining sobriety. While someone might feel strong and committed to sobriety immediately after completing a…

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Aftercare Options for Addiction Recovery

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 18, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 Every year, about 2.5 million Americans seek help for substance abuse and addiction. Addiction is a complicated issue that requires individualized treatment. Many issues contribute to someone’s addiction, and everyone has different roles in the community to consider as they…

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4 Common Holiday Addiction Triggers

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: December 5, 2020 Updated: February 18, 2021 Holidays are joyous moments everyone uses to spend time with loved ones in a resort starring at the beautiful countrysides and thick forests or sunbathing on the sandy beaches. It is also a moment of family get-together where you can…

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The Importance of a Sleep Routine in Addiction Recovery

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: November 9, 2020 Updated: January 18, 2021 Getting a good night’s sleep is one of life’s pleasures. When you wake up feeling refreshed, the day starts with a promise. Having a good sleep routine is important for everyone. But it’s especially important to those in addiction recovery.…

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4 Benefits of Sober Living

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: September 29, 2020 Updated: October 29, 2020 There is more to recovery than completing a residential treatment program. Sober living is an excellent way of avoiding stressors at home and maintaining long-term sobriety. It offers an opportunity for living independently, but away from usual temptations and distractions…

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Do I Need an Aftercare Program?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: September 28, 2020 Updated: September 1, 2020 Due to the severity of addictions, they require counseling, therapy, and medically-assisted detox. It’s critical for those in recovery to have continued access to an aftercare program for on-going maintenance. Alcohol use disorder or addiction affects millions of Americans. Even…

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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…