Man Hiking In Early Sobriety

3 Ways to Support Early Sobriety

The first months of sobriety can be challenging. For some time, their lives have been built around alcohol or other drugs. Now, that drug has been eliminated. The person may feel as if they are living a life that isn’t their own. Adjusting to that new life can be overwhelming at first. Often the individual…

Man Moving On In Sober Living

3 Ways to Move On After Sober Living

If you have recently been released from an inpatient treatment facility, you may be wondering how you will move on. A lot of people start their journey at a sober living home. Eventually, you will have to move on from sober living and venture into the outside world again. Remember that you are not alone…

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3 Sober New Year’s Eve Ideas

For many people in the US, the notion of marking new years without getting intoxicated, especially with alcohol, can seem impossible. However, you should try to maintain your sobriety if you are in the process of overcoming a substance use disorder. It is not easy to stay sober while you have a long night ahead…

family having Sober Holidays

How to Enjoy Sober Holidays

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 primarily about creating time for family, it can push you into chronic stress and relapse…

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3 Ways to Enjoy a Sober Thanksgiving

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 to sobriety. But don’t let everything that’s swirling around you set you back. With some…

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How To Have a Sober Halloween

Halloween celebrations provide an opportunity and the freedom to have fun. Many people choose to let loose during this time. It is in the spirit of the celebration since people explore their dark sides during Halloween. For someone who is recovering from addiction, this day comes with its fair share of temptations. Friends will try…

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4 Benefits of Following a 12 Step Program

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 through the recovery process. Northern Illinois Recovery Center can guide you through the 12 Step…

woman smiling looking out over ocean having a sober summer

Tips for Navigating a Sober Summer

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, and other exciting activities can be enjoyable. For the best results of your recovery journey,…

people all holding hands at a table as a support system for recovery

Why Support System for Recovery Is Crucial

A support system refers to organizations or a group of people who are willing to help you in your journey to recovery. A support system for recovery may include your close family, friends, or a combination of both depending on your relationships and circumstance. Even though the recovery process is highly personal, it’s supported through…