Family and friends often gather to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company throughout the holidays. It is common for difficult conversations to arise during these times together. Whether you have plans to approach someone, or anticipate loved ones approaching you about an uncomfortable topic there are ways to avoid unproductive or explosive conversations. Follow these
The holidays are here! The season celebrated by gathering with family and friends can be stressful to navigate when struggling with addiction. We know it can be difficult to make good decisions while intoxicated and celebrations can quickly turn south. Here are three tips to help you enjoy the holiday spirit and make lasting memories
2020 has certainly been a difficult year so for many of us out there and this pandemic has been extra tough on everyone around the globe; especially those who have lost loved ones as a result. Other parts of the population that have been more indirectly affected but still severely strained are parents of school-aged
Three tips for recovery on Halloween As the holidays approach, it can be more challenging for those on the recovery journey. However, it’s very possible to be safe and sober. Below are 3 tips to help you celebrate Halloween. Be sure of what you are consuming. You might not know what ingredients are in the
The addiction stigma hurts! It can prevent our brothers and sisters from getting the help that they desperately need. It’s so detrimental that many forego treatment or even access healthcare because of the perception. Fight back the stigma Regardless of the person’s struggle, we should not make someone feel judged or devalued. Everyone needs kindness
2020 has been one the most difficult years we have ever experienced. From the pandemic to rising addiction deaths and a nation divided, it feels like we can’t get a break! Unfortunately, we’re not out of it yet. Experts are saying with many students starting their school year virtually that new stressors may be the
[fsn_row][fsn_column width="12"][fsn_text] Is there a difference? Yes and the difference is actually very important in terms of permanent sobriety and relapse. I am sober. Being sober is a major step in the journey towards recovery. It is actually the first stepping stone. Many start abstaining from alcohol without any help to address their underlying issues.
[fsn_row][fsn_column width="12"][fsn_text] So what are ACEs? ACEs are adverse childhood experiences. Experts have found the vast majority of people struggling with addiction have had a childhood trauma. Even though these traumas happened years ago, they have long lasting effects that reach into the person’s long-term adult health. These traumas include direct physical, emotional and sexual
[fsn_row][fsn_column width="12"][fsn_text] “Scientific advances in the field of addiction have forever debunked the notion that addiction reflects a character flaw under voluntary control, demonstrating instead that it is a bona fide disease of the brain.” Addiction as a Systems Failure by Ruben D. Baler, Ph.D. and Nora D. Volkow, M.D. We are living in unprecedented times.
[fsn_row][fsn_column width="12"][fsn_text] Hydration, hydration, hydration! Our bodies are 60% water. Water is one of the most important substances on our plant. Water is key to the body’s detoxification process. We need to make sure our bodies are properly hydrated to maintain our bodily functions. This is especially important for anyone that is recovering from addiction.
[fsn_row][fsn_column width="12"][fsn_text] Overcame addiction Became a leader in the self motivation industry. Akshay Nanavati is a Marine Corps Veteran, speaker, adventurer, and entrepreneur. After overcoming addiction, Akshay enlisted in the Marines. After his service he had wrote the book Fearvana. Fearvana gets the reader to change they way they traditionally perceive fear and stress. Interview
[fsn_row][fsn_column width="12"][fsn_text] Overcame opiate addiction Became a leader in the fitness industry. Patrick Henigan experimented with opiates as a teenager. After years of letting opiates be the driver in his life, he decided it was time to change. He was tired of the feelings of unfulfilled potential and broke free from addiction by taking his
[fsn_row][fsn_column width="12"][fsn_text] Are you starting to feel cabin fever? Does seeing group gatherings during your TV marathons make you wish you could go out with your friends? Now that social distancing is the new normal, it may be more stressful and anxiety-provoking. It’s hard to spend endless hours at home. We put together 3 relaxing
[fsn_row][fsn_column width="12"][fsn_text] The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly. -F. Scott Fitzgerald What is learned helplessness? According to Oxford it is a condition in which a person suffers from a sense of powerlessness, arising from a traumatic event
[fsn_row][fsn_column width="12"][fsn_text] There are many reasons to start your sobriety journey. Recovery is not just leaving alcohol and drugs. When you are sober, you start enjoying and living the life you deserve. The alcohol and drugs are no longer driving you. You will feel good and can begin practicing self-care. Here are our top 5