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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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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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3 Benefits of a Sober Living Program

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: March 10, 2021 Updated: April 22, 2021 It takes a lot of strength to get through an addiction treatment program at a rehab facility. Once you’re done, it’s time to start thinking about the next steps in your recovery. A sober living program can provide you with…

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3 Ways to Support Early Sobriety

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: January 28, 2021 Updated: March 16, 2021 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…

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3 Ways to Move On After Sober Living

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: January 8, 2021 Updated: March 16, 2021 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…

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3 Sober New Year’s Eve Ideas

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: December 20, 2020 Updated: February 18, 2021 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…

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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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How To Have a Sober Halloween

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: October 15, 2020 Updated: November 25, 2020 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…