Category: During Rehab

The Importance of Family Support During Treatment

For many individuals, struggling with an addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs can be a painfully lonely experience. A great deal of time is often spent acquiring, using, and recovering from the abuse of the substance(s) upon which one has become dependent. Additionally, those who are addicted to alcohol and/or other drugs frequently give up once-importance activities and meaningful relationships in favor of drug use, which can, unfortunately, cause strain... Read More

How to Give Back During Recovery

“Giving, rather than getting, will become the guiding principle.” –Page 128, the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous I have mentored four women during my 15 years of sobriety. There is nothing that makes me more content than to watch these women continue to grow in their sobriety. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to point them in the right direction. Being of Service There are many ways to serve.... Read More

Is Outpatient Treatment Right for Me?

You’re a busy person—most of us are. You have a job, a family, a pet, a house to keep up with, and a long list of unchecked boxes on your bucket list. In short, you might not be able to take 30 or 60 days off from these responsibilities and pursuits to attend an inpatient rehabilitation program. If you’re in this boat, and you’re looking for addiction recovery help, outpatient... Read More

Dealing with Pain in Recovery

Obstacles can unexpectedly pop up during sobriety. But having the first three steps in place can give us the knowledge and the wherewithal to cope. Here they are for reference: Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable. Step 2: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Step 3: Made a decision to turn our... Read More

We Aren’t a Glum Lot: Why We Remember to Laugh in Recovery

Addiction is serious business. So serious in fact, that it’s often a matter of life and death. Part of the beauty of recovery is that, after the darkness of addiction, there’s hope and joy in the life. And because we’ve tasted despair, the hope seems that much sweeter. Enjoying the Gift of Life I think that’s why the Big Book says “We’re not a glum lot… we absolutely INSIST on... Read More

How the Environment of a Treatment Center Affects Outcomes

There are many factors that contribute to someone becoming addicted to a substance. While genetics play a part, environmental factors like personal experiences and physical surroundings also play a large role. Environmental factors can be a hindrance for someone even after they decide to get help. Overcoming the Environmental Cues of Addiction Simply put, it becomes extremely difficult to cease drug use for good when an individual is still visited... Read More

Interview with Addiction Counselor: How to Develop Self-Esteem in Recovery

If you haven’t been to Duffy’s, I’d like to introduce you to one of our counselors, Christy. Christy is an art therapist with an incredible amount of wisdom. A lot of times, I think we view wise people as somber, quiet individuals who don’t enjoy life, but not Christy—she embodies fun! I had the opportunity to pick Christy’s brain the other day over a classic and often misunderstood topic: self-esteem.... Read More

A 336 Word Letter to Anyone in Recovery

Dear One, As you challenge yourself to stay sober, I write to you as a fellow addict. I am hoping to bring solace and a bit of comfort to your day. Of course, we do not know one another, yet we truly are kindred spirits. Our journeys are likely different in content and likely similar in disquietude. I recall reaching a fork in the road where I needed to choose... Read More

How to Get the Most Out of Group Therapy

Like so many things in life, the more effort you put into something, the more you get out of it. This is certainly true of group therapy. Whether you are in a 12 Step meeting or any other type of session filled with people dealing with common challenges. Ironically, the success of a “group” comes down to individual evaluation. And each participant may come away from the “group” with a... Read More

Discouraged about Restoring Relationships in Recovery? One Man’s Hope

Alcohol and drugs consume us to the exclusion of all else. Friendships become strained and broken because of our errant behavior. Professionalism at work disappears. Family ties are sacrificed for our own immediate needs. We come to the point where we have alienated the very people that we love the most. Eventually we find ourselves drinking and using in isolation. What was once a social activity is now one of... Read More

What I Learned Writing Gratitude Lists

In early sobriety, I was asked by my sponsor to write a daily gratitude list. I recall answering in this fashion, “Gratitude? You’re kidding, right? What do I have to be grateful for? My life sucks and you want a gratitude list?!” My First Gratitude List That first list was short and sweet: “I am grateful for, my old car starting this a.m.” After my initial failure of an attempt,... Read More

12 Timeless Quotes from the book 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery

I recently finished re-reading 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery by Allen Berger, a recovery classic for people in early recovery. I almost forgot what a great book it was. Allen Berger condenses twelve common pitfalls that can mess up recovery and teaches us how to avoid them with the clarity and wisdom of a man with decades of both personal and professional experience. Short, easy-to-read, and enjoyable, this... Read More

The best way to support your loved one in rehab and why it’s so important

So your family member or friend finally went to rehab. With all the events leading up to this point and all the effort you’ve made to help them get here, the big day may seem anticlimactic. You may be relieved or apprehensive. You may feel hope, or you may be waiting for the other shoe to drop. Or you may just want to sleep for the next 28 to 30... Read More

How do I celebrate Valentine’s Day when my loved one’s in rehab?

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. But if your loved one’s in rehab, no matter how deeply you inhale, it feels lonely when the one you love is so many miles away at treatment. Alone on Valentine’s Day Even though you’re happy that they’re in a place of healing, you still miss them a lot. After all, 28 or 60 or 90 days is a long time to be away... Read More

Miracles Happen in Sobriety

I signed in to Duffy’s on August 10, 2010 and you ain’t going to believe what’s happened to me since. This is so insane! Well, I got sober, stayed sober and then went on to have a miracle, or several, actually. They haven’t stopped coming! Before going to Duffy’s, I’d had cancer and, as a result, I had part of my tongue removed. It was part of the reason I... Read More