women celebrating first night

What Is First Night?

The First Night is a new cultural and artistic celebration that more Americans partake in on New Year’s Eve. If you are grappling with a substance use disorder, Northern Illinois Recovery can help you commit to your recovery journey during the festivities. Celebrating the First Night Organizations like churches, rehab facilities, and theaters often host…

women celebrating new years

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…

woman dealing with holiday addiction triggers

4 Common Holiday Addiction Triggers

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 eat, drink, and make merry. However, they can be challenging times, especially when struggling to…

family celebrating thanksgiving

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…