For the Family: Dealing with Relapse

We’ve previously written a guide to staying sober over the holidays, with a number of suggestions. However, with Thanksgiving and most December holidays behind us, many of these suggestions are now moot. We now approach New Year’s Eve, one of the biggest drinking nights of the year. And as unfortunate as this is to say,…

Removing Our Character Defects

When discussing our battles with addiction, we often make mention of character defects. Sometimes, these defects of character are related to our lack of inhibitions while intoxicated. At other times, our shortcomings may be influenced by co-occurring disorders that cause us to behave in an antisocial manner. But whatever the cause of these defects, the…

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The Importance of Your Sobriety Date

When we were in our addictions, the days of the year all blended together. We are fortunate in that this is no longer the case. (Brian A. Jackson/Shutterstock) Every once in a while, those who attend 12-step meetings may hear someone open a share by giving their sobriety date. There are men and women the…

Relapse Prevention Tips to Remember

  Addiction recovery is a lifelong struggle. Some people won’t tell you that, but it’s absolutely true. Those of us who have underestimated the strength of our addiction in the past would give just about anything to turn back the clock in time to learn this all-important lesson. Some of us have stayed sober for…

Sober Living: A Guide for Parents

Today started out with tears in my coffee. But unlike four or five years ago, this morning’s tears were happy, grateful ones. You see, a very sweet mother (who lives far away in another state) sent me a kind note to let me know my son Sam had just helped her son, another young recovering…