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Dry January Benefits: Should You Participate?

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The transition from one year to another can mean more than just the flip of a calendar page. For many, it’s a chance for a fresh start—an opportunity to establish new habits, or begin a healthier lifestyle. Whether you’re experiencing that post-holiday drinking fatigue, or you’ve been meaning to cut back in general, Dry January […]

How to Navigate the Holidays Sober, With Humor

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No matter how long it’s been since you’ve had a drink, the holidays bring a special kind of pressure. Tipsy relatives asking you questions you don’t want to answer. Friends hosting booze-fueled New Year’s Eve events. Those same 10 Christmas tunes. It’s no wonder this is a season many newly sober people dread as much […]

17 Fun Holiday Activities That Don’t Involve Drinking

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If you’d like to stay sober, or drink less this holiday season, you’re not alone. Many of us feel that alcohol plays a bigger role in the festivities than we’d like. Often, we feel the consequences once the merriment subsides—maybe we’ve packed on a few pounds, or we feel foggy and have low energy when […]

25 Recovery Quotes to Keep You Moving Forward

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Recovering from alcohol addiction can feel intimidating. Sometimes, a boost of encouragement, or a reminder that you’re not alone, can make all the difference. Below, we’ve collected some of our favorite recovery quotes. First, you’ll find some inspirational wisdom for when the path seems steep. Second, you’ll see some testimony from celebrities who have battled […]

Can An Alcoholic Ever Drink Normally Again?

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It’s often thought that those who struggle with alcoholism can never return to a normal pattern of drinking. Even one drink, the theory goes, and an alcoholic will spiral into a dangerous pattern of excessive alcohol consumption. This isn’t always the case, however. While mainstream alcohol addiction treatment generally still requires abstinence, there are also […]

Alcohol Rehab From Your Phone: Is the Best Solution in Your Pocket?

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If you’re searching for “alcohol rehab near me,” you might be hoping to find an option near your town, or within a short commute. But the answer may be even closer than you think. New technology now allows you to access personalized, outpatient alcohol rehab from your phone, or other personal device. How can that […]

9 Mental Health Apps to Help You Reset Your Habits

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Mental health care is among our society’s greatest needs, yet it’s also one of the most neglected. Mental health apps are giving people convenient new ways to get help without breaking the bank or upending their schedule. From depression and anxiety, to addiction and other challenging behavior patterns, below are nine of the best ways […]

The Connection Between Childhood Trauma and Addiction

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For years, researchers, scientists, and families affected by substance abuse have wondered, “What causes addiction?” Why do some people become addicted to substances, while others do not? Genetics can play a role, as can experimentation with drugs and alcohol at an early age. But research also shows a strong connection between addiction and childhood trauma. […]

Did You Know that September is National Recovery Month?

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Addiction and mental illness are issues that affect our lives and communities every day. National Recovery Month, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) every September, is a great opportunity to bring these stories into the open, reduce stigma, and seek solutions. While we place special focus on this topic in […]

Sober October—Health Benefits, and Tips For Making it Through

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From the final week of Oktoberfest, through that spookiest of holidays, Halloween, October offers many opportunities to share drinks with friends. It might surprise you, then, to learn that many people have started taking this month off from drinking. Sober October has joined Dry January as a chance to take a break from alcohol. While […]

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