Finding Home After Addiction: Accommodation Options For Those In Recovery

One in 10 Americans over age 12 find themselves dealing with addiction. For the millions of people living with the chronic condition, an important part of the recovery process is not simply seeking treatment, but maintaining a healthy life post-addiction. Both for those who are newly sober and those who have been in recovery for years, going back to normal life afterwards is difficult. The routine aspects of everyday living – such as renting a home – can be limited by a number of different factors. In addition, environmental factors including your home environment can influence your recovery. Therefore, it is important that your home is somewhere that supports your recovery journey. Renting After Rehab Most people in recovery find themselves having to deal with the financial complications of their addiction. Poor financial decisions under the influence and drug-related debt can impact your finances, including earnings and savings. This takes time to repay,… Continue reading

Where did that thought come from? Why won’t it go away? – By Kyczy Hawk

The mind is an amazingly persistent machine that pursues questions hoping to find an answer. What happens to the unanswerable questions? Why do un-answerable questions about situations from our past or concerns about the future plague us? Why does irritation show up as frustration, anger or depression? The mind motor over works, slips gear and then begins to overheat. Perseveration. Redundancy. Repetitiveness. Old stories told over and over again; past humiliations and pain regurgitated ad nauseum. I could puke at the pain of these old tales. YES it was important to get the images, the experiences, the feelings out there, out of the ferris wheel of my mind. I needed to work them through, tweazle the important nuggets of information and education that they had to offer. But, eventually, I need to let them go: those stories of pain caused and pain received. The times I was hurt and the… Continue reading

How to Get Successful By F*cking Up Your Life; Author, Anna Davids Latest Book.

Anna David was, in every way, groomed for success. She grew up in an affluent community and came from a family that prioritized SAT scores, Harvard attendance and high-paying jobs. The problem was, she had low SAT scores, was rejected by Harvard and spent her early life feeling like the family’s great disappointment. Concluding that success was not for her, Anna focused her energies on an area where she excelled: drugs, alcohol and general mayhem. Washing ashore on the beaches of recovery at the age of 30, she begrudgingly entered a world of sobriety. That’s when she discovered that there were all sorts of ways to define success—and what’s more, that it was never too late to find it. The stories in this collection document her journey from self-indulgent party girl to sober and only semi-indulgent woman. By turns hilarious and touching, disturbing and ridiculous, How to Got Successful By… Continue reading

How to Craft a Soothing Home Environment During Recovery – By Jackie

In the United States alone, over 9,800 people live in self-run post-addiction treatment dwellings where they obtain jobs, pay utility bills, and learn to be responsible citizens. However, not everybody has the luxury to spend time in such a dwelling after treatment. After receiving treatment for some sort of addiction, whether in the hospital or in some sort of healing community, most people have to return to the real world and head back home. This real world can feel like an environment which is stressful and high-risk, which makes it incredibly important to learn how to create a soothing, stress-free home environment in which to recover properly. Promote Familiarity to Encourage Comfort Welcoming a person in recovery back home is a delicate time for everybody involved. Whether they’re you’re spouse, child, family member or friend, you’ll want to put some time and thought into the atmosphere they’ll be recovering in. Because this is such… Continue reading

Avoiding Isolation, Staying Connected Helpful in Recovery – Vivian Cummings

When interviewing experts on addiction and recovery, I like to ask my subjects about advice for people struggling with addiction. What are the best things you can do to stay on track with your recovery? I’ve gotten a wide variety of responses, but one theme that comes up over and over again is some version of, “Stay connected.” Isolation, or feeling alone, is unhealthy for anyone—but particularly so for someone struggling to stay sober. One good coping strategy is to share your feelings and problems with someone you trust—whether you’re dealing with everyday difficulties or the desire to drink or use drugs. This might involve friends, family members, mentors, and others you feel safe with. However, many people struggle with addiction also benefit from peer groups, where they can share with others who understand the challenges of addiction to drugs or alcohol. NA, AA, and other community peer groups can… Continue reading