Addiction Recovery Tag

How to Find the Right 12-step Sponsor

Whether you’re coming out of an addiction treatment program or coming down off your last high, joining a 12-step program is a great asset for recovery. Participating in 12-step meetings can provide the support, encouragement, and accountability you need to stay sober for the long...

Why Don’t People Seek Help for Addiction?

Each year, only about 10 percent of Americans who need treatment for a substance use disorder actually get it. That translates into about 18 million Americans each year who don’t get the help they need. Right now, help for addiction is more effective, more widely...

8 Tips for Maintaining a Strong Recovery from Addiction in College

Drinking has long been part of college life in America. This isn’t just a stereotype perpetuated by movies like Animal House. Studies show that college students do drink significantly more than their non-college peers. One study of twins found that binge drinking seems to account...

8 Tips for Defeating Drug and Alcohol Cravings

Cravings are one of the biggest challenges facing anyone recovering from a substance use disorder. Cravings typically start in response to cues related to drug or alcohol use. Common cues include stress, negative emotions, positive emotions, being around people you associate with drugs or alcohol,...

4 Ways Addiction Recovery is Challenging for Teens

Although many people assume teens are too young to develop substance use disorders, it’s actually not that uncommon. The 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that about seven percent of teens--more than 1.7 million individuals--between the ages of 12 and 17 met...

How to Get Rumination Under Control

The concept of rumination in psychology is based on the process in which cows regurgitate and rechew their food. When humans ruminate, we remember some past experience or something we’re worried about and we go over it again and again in our heads, endlessly rechewing...

7 Common Recovery Mistakes

Success in recovery is just as much about avoiding big mistakes as it is about doing the right things. You can have a solid recovery plan and follow it most of the time but one or two big mistakes can lead to relapse and other...

Why Emotional Intelligence Is Crucial for Addiction Recovery

There’s a lot more to addiction recovery than just abstinence. In fact, people who try to stop using drugs and alcohol through sheer willpower are often miserable and don’t stay sober for very long. A really solid recovery is based on changing the way you...

Why Self-care Matters in Addiction Recovery

When you’re struggling with a substance use disorder, self-care is usually the last thing on your mind. Drugs and alcohol are all you really care about. Everything else--health, relationships, career, money--is sacrificed for substance use. In recovery, there is a lot to fix and you...