Not only does involving yourself in a sober community provide an individual with a sense of belonging, it also gives them a sense of accountability which is hard to find elsewhere. Two of the elements that we have seen repeatedly strengthen someones sobriety are exactly that belonging and accountability.
New Hope Recovery Center is pleased to announce Two Weekly Refuge Recovery Meetings in Chicago. The meetings are held at 7pm on Tuesdays and Fridays at New Hope Recovery Center, 2835 N. Sheffield Ave., Suite 308, Chicago, IL 60657. Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery..
Holidays in recovery are challenging, but perhaps none more than New Years Eve. New Years Eve is a time when people typically celebrate the past year and make resolutions for the upcoming year. The reality of most New Years Eve celebrations is that they not only include alcohol, the day seems obsessed with it. Drunken New..
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.-Cicero With the Holidays approaching, as well as throughout recovery, it is important to be mindful of the things we are grateful for, one of which could be your recovery. Being cognizant of feelings, emotions, and triggers that the Holidays bring is..
We are entering the time of year when parties, family get-togethers and excessive eating, drinking and merriment can create difficult or at least tricky situations for those in recovery. Thanksgiving in particular can be a challenging time. Family interaction is often expected and it may be the first family get-together in a while. 6 Tips..
Many people enter addiction treatment rehab or walk through the doors of a 12-step room and struggle with the concept of spirituality. For those beginning the journey of addiction recovery who do not identify as religious, or who did previously but have now rejected religion, or who have felt harmed by religion, the idea of..
From all the research that has been done in the field of addiction over the past 30-40 years, we know several factors are involved in the development and continuance of addictive behavior. Within the disease model of addiction, we understand the development of an addiction stems from the genes we have inherited. Once these particular..
Some holidays are more difficult than others for recovering alcoholics; St.Patricks day is often one of those holidays. It was once celebrated as a day to honor the Patron Saint of Ireland, it has evolved into an all you can drink party that has little to do with Ireland or St.Patrick at all. In most..
Admitted to ourselves, another person and our higher power the exact nature of our wrongs The fifth step in addiction recovery is one of the steps that has a large impact on members. After completing the fourth step by doing a moral inventory, you now share it. This is considered to be somewhat of a..
Perhaps the hardest part of drug or alcohol addiction treatment is actually getting there. The fears about entering an addiction treatment program or facility (rehab) can overpower the will to get sober and keep someone from getting the help they need. With so many unknowns involved, its not surprising many people initially decide against treatment..
Do you worry that you or a loved one is an alcoholic or is abusing alcohol? What factors distinguish the difference between a social drinker and someone that has a problem? A huge factor in what people consider to be normal drinking is how they grew up and the habits of those around them. Just..