Coping With Sleep Issues in Recovery

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Addiction significantly impacts sleep. People in active alcohol addiction may think drinking is the only way they can fall asleep (I did), but alcohol is associated with sleep disturbances and related disorders like sleep apnea. 25-72% of people in treatment for alcohol use disorder report sleep problems.[1] Cocaine, on the other hand, can cause insomnia. […]

Having Compassion for Your Past Self

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As your mind clears in recovery, you might feel like a very different version of yourself. You may want to separate current you from the past you who was in active addiction; I know I did. That’s okay, but even as you distance yourself from past you, it’s important to save them some compassion.  Guilt […]

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 […]

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, […]

On Being Ready

There were people in my life who wanted me to get sober long before I did. Your friends, partners, or family can very much want you to change, but it won’t happen until you’re ready. There’s an idea that people only get sober after they hit rock bottom, but this is a myth. Sure, it […]

Having New Experiences in Recovery

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There is no one cause of addiction—with a lot of factors contributing—and no one quality that all people with addiction have. That said, a trait many in recovery (myself included) share is the desire for novelty. According to an article in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology, “On the behavioral level, both human and rodent studies […]

A Conversation With Carl Erik Fisher About His Book the Urge: Our History of Addiction

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I spoke with Carl Erik Fisher over Zoom about his book The Urge: Our History of Addiction. Fisher is an addiction physician and bioethicist. He is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University’s Division of Law, Ethics, and Psychiatry, and maintains a private psychiatry practice focused on addiction. Fisher’s writing has appeared in […]

9 Things to Do When Your Loved One Refuses Help

9 Things to Do When Your Loved One Refuses Help

When our loved ones are addicted to alcohol or drugs, it is normal to want to help, or “save” them. We can offer our loved one help, but they don’t always take it, which often puts us in uncomfortable or upsetting situations. At TruHealing Centers, we provide support for addiction in a number of ways, […]

What Is a Full Continuum of Care in Recovery?

Men and women who attend addiction treatment programs to help their recovery understand that while addiction is treatable, there is no single cure for this debilitating disease. A full continuum of care provides patients with the best form of addiction treatment to maintain their sobriety over a lifetime. A residential addiction treatment program often provides […]

Celebrating Short-Term Sobriety Milestones

Recovery is a journey, not a destination. With this in mind, it can be beneficial to celebrate short-term sobriety goals. Not only will joyous celebrations keep you goal-oriented and help you stay motivated, but they also remind your loved ones of your ongoing commitment to your long-term recovery. Having a reliable alumni network with whom […]