Making Big Choices During Recovery

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When we’re in active addiction, it can be difficult to have intention. I never felt like I could take responsibility for my choices. In the moment, it can be comforting to feel like things just happen and you’re not responsible for your decisions—but I’ve found making informed choices in recovery so empowering.  Trusting Yourself in […]

How Recovery Changes Over Time

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In my seven years sober, I’ve learned that some things about recovery stay the same—and many things change. It continues to be full of surprises, rewards, and challenges. However, those are different as time goes on. In early recovery, your brain and body are going through the first parts of healing while you learn to […]

Open House for Midwest Center at Youngstown’s Outpatient Program

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On September 7th, Midwest Center at Youngstown had an open house to introduce our new outpatient program. It was a great time! We met attendees from Thrive, Mercy Hospital, On Demand, Brightview, Ethan’s Crossings, Asurgent, Lakeview Health, and a few other organizations. They ate lunch that we provided and learned about the program. They were […]

Recovery Is Not One-Size-Fits-All

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An important thing I’ve learned since being sober is that there isn’t only one way to “do” recovery. It can be really helpful to get tips from others, and people in recovery can relate in a lot of ways. But in the end, everyone is different; everyone’s recovery will be different as well.  Put a […]

Weekends in Recovery

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When many people first get sober, weekends seem difficult to navigate. During active addiction, I drank over 15 drinks every night of the week; still, when I got sober, I worried about how I’d fill weekends without alcohol or drugs. I figured I could power through the weekdays sober—a tactic I’d tried a few times […]

Podcasts About Addiction, Sobriety and Mental Health

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Podcasts about addiction and recovery are useful for people in any stage of sobriety or anyone who wants to learn about addiction. They teach about recovery, and give insight into other people’s experiences. We’ve previously shared some podcasts about these topics; below are some additional suggestions: Brutal Vulnerability: This podcast is not solely about addiction or mental health, […]

Emotional Regulation in Recovery

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Learning to cope with challenging emotions without drinking or using is a big part of recovery. During active addiction, many of us get used to numbing our feelings with drugs or alcohol. This is called “self-medication”—when people use substances to regulate emotions and co-occurring mental health disorders. I’ve found that a big part of the […]

5 Benefits of Opiate Addiction Treatment

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An opiate is any drug that derives from the poppy plant. Like morphine and codeine, some have medical uses in pain relief and even, in the case of codeine, cough suppression. Still, all opiates are addictive, and medically prescribed opiates are no different. Heroin abuse is on the rise in the US, and synthetic drugs […]

Focusing on Your Strengths in Recovery

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In my experience, recovery shows you strengths you either didn’t know you had, or weren’t able to carry through on. While becoming more self-aware when you’re sober can show you where you might need to grow, that doesn’t mean fixating on your perceived flaws. Playing to your strengths—and the strengths you’d like to have—can be […]

Why It’s Important to Address Underlying Issues in Recovery

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Addiction is a complex condition wherein chronically using substances changes the brain. But even before we start using substances, there are almost always underlying issues. The core reasons we are drawn to drugs or alcohol in the first place are complex; they vary by person, and when we do the work in recovery, we often […]