Developing Open-Mindedness in Treatment

Many members of AA and NA define the three primary principles of recovery as honesty, open-mindedness and willingness. In previous articles, we’ve discussed the importance of honesty and the origins of willingness. We have not, however, discussed the importance of opening one’s mind. And while willingness and open-mindedness may sound like similar concepts, they differ…

6 Types of Behavioral Addiction to Avoid in Recovery

Amethyst Recovery focuses on the treatment of drugs and alcohol. Nonetheless, we like to occasionally cover certain forms of behavioral addiction in our articles. Examples that we have covered in the past include eating disorders, gambling addiction and hypersexual disorder. But many other forms of behavioral addiction exist as well. We hear about these from…

Spring: The Season of the Addict’s Rebirth

Spring arrived this past weekend, and it’s a good time for recovering addicts and alcoholics—as well as their families—to think about the direction in which their life is headed. After all, it’s been almost three months since we made our New Year’s resolutions. Some of us have made decent progress, while others have yet to…

Seven Deadly Sins: Greed

So far, our series on the Seven Deadly Sins has covered sloth, gluttony and envy. These last two may not seem to have much in common, yet they both share one thing: a sense of greed. Seeing as greed is today’s focus in our Deadly Sins series, it only seems fitting to point out the…

Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony

As we continue our series on the Seven Deadly Sins, we arrive at gluttony after having already covered both sloth and envy. In many ways, gluttony is the opposite of sloth. While some may see sloth as a distinct lack of action, gluttony is a very specific action—consumption—done to excess. And yet, many will find…

Establishing a Sober Routine

Addicts and alcoholics aren’t generally accustomed to living a life of routine. We may have certain rituals, getting high in the morning or drunk at certain events. We may be used to taking a swig when we first wake up to try and cure our hangovers. But in general, any kind of healthy routine is…

Isolation and the Road to Relapse

Everyone feels a little bit lonely from time to time. We discussed this briefly in our article on HALT (Hunger, Anger, Loneliness and Tiredness). But with just a few short paragraphs, we could not possibly dive into the full depth of emotion experienced by those who feel that they are truly alone in the world.…

The Meaning of HALT – Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired

When entering recovery and undergoing aftercare counseling in order to try and stay sober, you may occasionally come into contact with HALT. This acronym has a simple meaning, yet is ever so important to the maintenance of all we hold dear. If we fail to heed the warnings of HALT, there is a good chance…

Is It Okay to Treat Yourself?

If you’ve ever seen the hit comedy series Parks and Recreation, then you might be familiar with the concept of taking a “treat yo’ self” day. Many fans of the series latched onto the idea as a great way of taking a break from life every once in a while to do the things we…

Service Work in Recovery

“Do you see how an act is not, as young men think, like a rock that one picks up and throws, and it hits or misses, and that’s the end of it. When that rock is lifted, the earth is lighter; the hand that bears it heavier. When it is thrown, the circuits of the…