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 […]

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, […]

A Conversation With Journalist and Author David Adam About OCD

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I spoke with journalist and author David Adam over Zoom about the hurdles to OCD treatment, depictions of the disorder in the media, and how people experiencing it can feel less alone. David Adam is an award-winning freelance journalist and author of the best-selling book about OCD, The Man Who Couldn’t Stop. I’ve had OCD since […]

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 […]

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 […]

TruHealing to Attend Lowcountry Mental Health Conference

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Tomorrow, TruHealing staff members will be attending the Lowcountry Mental Health Conference! This is an annual conference that began in 2012 with 180 people and has since expanded to over 1,600 attendees.   At the Lowcountry Mental Health Conference, prominent healthcare professionals give educational talks to help people working in the mental health field grow […]