Comfort Eating in Recovery

Comfort Eating in Recovery

Beating an addiction and moving into recovery is no easy feat. In order to build a successful life a recovered addict has to change almost everything in their life. It is a really emotional time for the individual. And to add to the challenge, the individual will no longer be able to use d rugs and alcohol to comfort themselves. Even when the individual is years into their recovery they sometimes will have a hard time contending with their emotions. Life is and always will be filled with ups and downs and emotional highs and lows.  Unfortunately sometimes when people in recovery have difficult emotions, while it is good they won’t use drugs or drink, they eat instead. This is called comfort eating in recovery.

What is comfort eating in recovery?

Comfort eating is sometimes referred to as emotional eating or feeding your feelings. Comfort eating usually is a result of emotions not because of hunger. It is believe the main reason people overeat is due to comfort eating and it is also believed to be one of the main causes of obesity. Comfort eating is believed to originate in childhood when treats such as candy are used to deal with unpleasant or difficult events. People during childhood then learn the association between food and comfort so they continue this behavior long into their adulthood.

Comfort eating in recovery

Individuals who have dealt with addiction are at a particularly high risk of turning to comfort eating in order to deal with their emotions. The first few months and even years of sobriety can be like an emotional rollercoaster so the temptation or want to turn to food for comfort is really high. This individual can justify their comfort eating with the rationalization that they are better turning towards food for comfort rather than food. The problem with comfort eating in recovery is that it is not a harmless activity. Comfort eating in recovery can lead to many problems with their health as well as interfere with their ability to fully enjoy recovery. Comfort eating in recovery also can be a means to deny problems in their life and this is especially dangerous. Denying problems was a big part of why they used drugs and alcohol so this behavior can be especially foreshadowing and dangerous. Occasionally turning towards food for comfort is ok but doing it all the time in recovery can end up in disaster.

What are some other dangers of comfort eating in recovery?

  • Comfort eating in recovery can easily lead people to become overweight. Comfort eating often causes people to eat a lot more than their body needs.
  • Comfort eating in recovery can cause nutritional deficiencies. If a person isn’t eating a balanced diet they can end up with health problems
  • Comfort eating can damage the self-esteem by causing the individual to gain a lot of weight. A person who feels less good about themselves is in danger of comfort eating even more.

How to avoid comfort eating in recovery

  • Staying mindful while eating is important to not comfort eating in recovery. People who pay closer attention to what and why they eat are less likely to comfort eat.
  • Talking to other people instead of comfort eating in recovery can be especially helpful to deal with difficult emotions and pent up feelings.
  • Facing the root or why they eat for comfort. If it is something that is bothering them they will need to get past it to get past comfort eating in recovery.

 

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Relapse Excuses

Relapse Excuses

There is no good excuse for a relapse. However, there are several emotional triggers that are commonly used excuses people will use in order to justify a relapse.

Relapse Excuse #1. Resentment

Many of us have probably heard this: Resentments will take you back out. Holding a resentment is probably the most common relapse excuse. Resentments are usually in the form of:

Perceiving that others are trying to control their life

Expectations not being met

Perceiving that others are acting as if they are superior

Perceiving others to be hypocrites, taking others’ inventory

Superiors who abuse their power

Being hurt but others saying or doing something that negatively impacts the their self-esteem

When other people lie

Feeling slighted

Perceiving others to act unfair towards them and/or others

Relapse Excuse #2. Anger

“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die” When feeling angry towards someone else, the recovering addict/alcoholic often thinks that they will punish these other people by relapsing; of course the only person they are going to hurt is themselves.

Relapse Excuse #3. Boredom

After getting clean and sober, you might find that you have a lot of free time on your hands. Without hobbies or pursuing other healthy interests, you may become bored. This is another common relapse excuse: boredom. When we become bored, we may begin romanticizing our previous lifestyle, remembering the “good ol’ times” and conveniently forget about all the horrible stuff. This is a dangerous trend because, in the newly sober person’s mind, addiction wasn’t so bad after all. That mindset combined with agony of boredom is enough to convince most that relapse is the way to remedy their situation.

Relapse Excuse #4. Loneliness

This is kind of like the boredom excuse. When we stop drinking and drugging, we have to change people, places, and things. We may begin to miss our drinking and using buddies and, if we are not proactive in making new sober friends and getting sober supports in our life, then being lonely is the perfect relapse excuse.

Relapse Excuse #5. Disappointment in sobriety

As recovering addicts and alcoholics, we are used to instant gratification. That said, a life beyond our wildest in dreams in recovery takes time. Often times, we have to rebuild our lives from scratch. For some in recovery, this is frustrating and upsetting. They expect results and immediately! When this doesn’t happen, they will use that as an excuse to relapse

Relapse Excuse #6. Feeling depressed

Many addicts and alcoholics also have a co-occurring, or dual diagnosis mental disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder. In fact, that is why many of us sought out drugs: to numb those bad feelings. So, in sobriety, when those feelings come back, we retreat to the way we always dealt with them – by using drugs.

For those who do not have an actual mental health diagnosis, depression is still a factor, as it is for non addicts and alcoholics. Depression is a fact of life. But again, for recovering addicts and alcoholics, the temptation to escape these negative feelings may become too great to deal with and lead them to relapse. It is important to learn coping mechanisms that don’t involve drug use in order to achieve emotional stability in recovery.

Relapse Excuse #7. Feeling happy

Conversely, many people who have experienced a relapse say that it is when things are going really well that they slip up. Perhaps it is a way of rewarding themselves for doing so well. For others, it is a way to increase the already good feeling they have naturally. As addicts and alcoholics, we seek to increase the pleasure-causing chemicals in our brains while in active addiction. Once we are sober, it might be that this “taste” of euphoria from normal everyday good things, that is enough of a high for others, is just what it takes to leave us craving something more intense therefore causing some to seek it in drugs and resulting in a relapse.

Relapse Excuse #8. “Forgetting”

So many times, I have heard people who relapse say that they weren’t sure anymore whether they were an alcoholic or addict. So, they decide to go back out and “test the waters.” People will use the relapse excuse that they decided they weren’t really an addict and/or alcoholic in order to start drinking and drugging again.

 

 

Sources:

http://alcoholism.about.com/

http://www.psychologytoday.com/

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Success Rate of Sober Living

Success Rate of Sober Living

The success rate of sober living is unknown but it is most definitely better than the success rate of someone who doesn’t attend any kind of sober living after treatment. Lack of a stable, alcohol and drug free place to live can be a serious and almost insurmountable obstacle for addicts and alcoholics. Destructive living arrangements can totally derail recovery for even the most highly motivated addicts and alcoholics.

Sober living is an alcohol and drug free living environment for individuals attempting to abstain from alcohol and drugs. Sober living is not licensed for funded by state or local governments and the residents themselves pay for the cost. The philosophy of recovery in a sober living house emphasizes 12-step group attendance and peer support.

So what are the success rates of sober living?

Research in one California study measured treatment outcomes over an eighteen month period from a sample of patients who were provided sober living as part of their outpatient treatment. Participants were male, with an average age of around 40 years old. A fourth of them were criminal justice referrals. A third of them was either homeless or lived in a shelter. Residents were dependent on cocaine, alcohol, marijuana, heroin and amphetamines. Participants were interviewed at intake and at 6, 12, and 18 months.

The study found that sober living clients experienced significant improvements when it came to stay sober and even days worked. Involvement in 12-step groups was the strongest predictor of reductions in alcohol and drug use. The outcomes did not vary by demographics such as age, race, and education. The study concluded that sober living should be considered as a part of outpatient treatment for clients who have access to limited financial resources or reside in destructive living environments. The reason being, success of the individuals who were in sober living and staying sober.

The success rates of sober living are much higher in comparison to someone who doesn’t attend sober living. And it seems like the success rates of sober living go up even more if the clients of sober living also attend a 12-step group. The longer amount of time spent at a sober living residence the better too. Someone who stays at a sober living home and attends a 12-step group for a long period of time usually has a much higher chance of success than someone who just goes back to the original living environment and does not attend a 12 step group.

I know this is especially true for myself and most of the people I know who have multiple years sober. Sober living really can get addicts and alcoholics who have been unstable for so long the ability to start off on a stable and sturdy foundation instead of going back into the same unsteadiness once again. The success rates of sober living aren’t exact but they are good. The risks of going back into an old environment or giving yourself a better chance at staying sober with a sober living environment seems like an easy choice to make.

 

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How to fight emotional triggers in recovery

How to fight emotional triggers in recovery

Triggers are specific memories, behaviors, thoughts, emotions, and situations that jeopardize recovery. Triggers are signals you are entering a stage that brings you closer to a relapse. Triggers are the stimuli, the people, places, situations, emotional states, thoughts, etc. that can “trigger” an ingrained ritualistic response which in most cases is to get high. Learning to identify relapse triggers and especially the emotional intensity that they invoke can be an effective tool in how to fight emotional triggers in recovery.

If you really want to know how to fight emotional triggers in recovery then the best place you can start is by learning what they are. For instance, deep sadness or extreme excitement might be emotional states that trigger you. If you know those are your emotional triggers in recovery then you can begin to fight against them.

Once you know what your emotional triggers in recovery are you can then begin to set in a place a plan of action for yourself. A plan of action for fighting emotional triggers in recovery can consist of multiple different things. For instance say an emotional trigger in recovery for you is excitement. If you begin to feel that excitement and it makes you think about using you can have a plan that first consist of calling a sober support, second doing something to get your mind off of it. No matter what it is that you use to fight emotional triggers in recovery make sure that you are taking action. Change your state.

A good way to fight emotional triggers in recovery is to go for a run when you begin thinking about using. You could also choose to turn on some music and dance your heart out. You can go workout at the gym. You can go for a bike ride. You can meditate. You can read a book. You can really do whatever it is that works for you to fight emotional triggers in recovery as long as it’s something different than what you would normally do. A lot of the times when addicts and alcoholics feel emotionally triggered in recovery they don’t know why they are thinking about using and they have no idea what to do instead of go and get high. This can lead to relapse without the proper identification of what is going on and what to do when it happens.

This is why identifying what triggers you emotionally and then making a plan of action for yourself when emotional triggers pop up is the best way to fight emotional triggers in recovery. It is not easy to fight emotional triggers in recovery in fact addicts and alcoholics are hardwired to use in certain instances that’s why its good to have a plan in place before you are ever get triggered. Once you are able to implement your plan to fight emotional triggers in recovery multiple times it will get easier to ward off. If you make a habit of fighting your emotional triggers in recovery eventually it won’t be so difficult and then you may even find you aren’t triggered by the emotional states at all now.

 

 

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Summer Sober Houses

Summer Sober Houses

Many times summer is filled with drinking, trips to beach houses and parties at night. For the alcoholic and addict in recovery it can be hard to find a summer vacation place that is safe and sober. Luckily, there are ways for addicts and alcoholics to party up during the summer in summer sober houses.

Summer sober houses are just like any other normal house except the people who stay in them don’t drink or do alcohol. Instead of having a cocktail hour in the evening they have a meeting, instead of spending their days sipping on fruity alcoholic beverages they go surfing or hiking and instead of getting sloppy drunk at the bar down the street-they go down to the beach and admire the moon. There is a lot life has to offer people who are in sobriety and summer sober houses are an addition to that.

Summer sober houses can be found all over the coast where any normal person would go on their summer vacation. Summer sober houses are just like rental houses except they are for the person who needs a safe place where there isn’t going to be much drinking around and they can be around people who are of the same state of mind as they are. It is really beneficial for addicts and alcoholics when they want to do things that normally involve drinking, to do those things with other people. And this means renting a beach house or summer home. Summer sober houses usually house the same amount of people as a normal rental summer home would except the residents have to go through kind of an interview process. It is not recommended that anyone with only days sober go and rent a summer sober house with their friends because the areas in beach towns still have a lot of temptation nearby but for those who have a little bit more clean time a summer sober house can be the ideal spot to enjoy the warmer months out of the year.

Of course the activities in a summer sober house are different than a normal one and they include everything from surfing, to hiking, to playing cards, to going out to eat, to paddle boarding, to tanning, to getting ice cream etc. Everything but getting intoxicated. In fact some people who stay in summer sober houses do go to the bar for a little bit of dancing but they always have other sober people around them that they go with-they never go alone.

Summer sober houses are the newest and latest thing for those people in recovery who are still looking to have a little fun in the sun minus the cocktails.

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Getting Active in Your Sobriety

Getting Active in Your Sobriety

Getting Active in Your Sobriety

Getting active in your sobriety, physically active, is so important. Getting active in your sobriety helps fight boredom, is a natural mood booster, and calms your internal thoughts. These are all vital for people in early sobriety.

Getting Active In Your Sobriety: Fighting boredom

Boredom is a common problem early in recovery. Adjusting to a life without drugs and alcohol can be difficult at first. For so many years, alcohol and drugs were our easy fix to boredom. When there was nothing to do, we did drugs or drank. When we had something to do, we did drugs and drank to make it more fun or to make us more sociable. All of the sudden, when we get sober, we no longer have that crutch.

Boredom can also be very dangerous in recovery, especially early recovery. When I am bored, my mind starts to wander. I start to feel unhappy and unsatisfied with my life. I may start to entertain thoughts of drinking or using drugs just to relieve the boredom.

It is important for us alcoholics and addicts to learn how to entertain ourselves and stay busy. It is something most of us knew how to do at some point in our lives. There was a time before we started using drugs, even if we were children back then, when we knew how to have fun without drugs and alcohol. We just have to re-learn how to amuse ourselves and find out what interests us.

Getting Active In Your Sobriety: Natural Mood booster

Getting active in your sobriety releases endorphins, which are feel-good chemicals. This especially important to individuals recovering from drug addiction because they are often lacking in endorphins. Drugs and alcohol produce a false sense of euphoria. The brain produces a surge of “pleasure chemicals” when they are used. Over time, the brain adapts and produces fewer chemicals when drugs and alcohol are present, and even less when they are not. This is why long-term drug users develop a tolerance to drugs and alcohol over time. They find that it takes more of the drug to produce the same effect. Likewise, when they stop taking drugs and alcohol suddenly, they experience withdrawal symptoms like craving and depression. Exercise causes the body to produce pleasure chemicals, which are very low in addicts and alcoholics after the detox process. It can reduce both the duration and intensity of withdrawal symptoms, and make you feel happier overall.

Getting Active In Your Sobriety: Get out of your head!

It is common to have obsessive thoughts in early sobriety. We may obsess about drugs, the future, some problem in our lives, or really anything else. Getting active in your recovery forces you to focus on something besides your internal monologue. It snaps you out of selfish, self-serving, and ultimately self-destructive thinking. Ever heard that saying about how 90% of what we worry about never materializes? So what’s the point of obsessing about it? Getting active in recovery can derail obsessive thought patterns.

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How to manage your bills in early recovery

How to manage your bills in early recovery

Life has been unmanageable for a long time while you were out getting drunk or high. Now that you are in early recovery you are trying to be more responsible and manage the aspects of your life that you can. Bills just happen to be one of those things on the list of “to-dos for life”. Managing bills can be a difficult task for anyone not just those of us who are in early recovery although, being in early recovery can make it a bit more overwhelming at times. There is a lot of anxiety that can come with needing to pay bills, organizing them, and trying not to forget what is due when. Not only that but for those in early recovery there is the added anxiety of just wanting and trying to stay sober. So managing bills in early recovery should be as easy and stress less as possible. So if you want to manage your bill in early recovery here are some ways to begin doing so:

  1. Get your bills organized – As soon as you get a bill through the mail, email etc. Sort through it and separate the pending bills from everything else. When done organizing and sorting place your pending bills in envelope, pocket folder, or label a folder on your email as pending bills and place the emails all there.
  2. Don’t separate pending bills into separate folders – Keep all of your pending bills in one spot. Don’t keep the electric bill and the rent bill in separate folders. All of your pending bills should be in one place where you can easily access them all. It is a hassle to have to search through a million different places for all of your pending bills so just keep them where you can get to them all at once.
  3. Designate a time each month to pay for your bills – Find time to pay all your bills. Whether you set aside time each month to pay them all or you pay one every Friday. Have a schedule on when you pay your bills.
  4. Pay your bills in one place and keep everything that has to do with your bills in one spot – In order to manage your bills in early recovery a little bit easier make sure to keep everything you need to pay bills such as your checkbook, envelopes, stamps, pens, pencils, calculators etc. all in one spot.
  5. Immediately record what bills you have paid – As soon as you pay a bill, make sure to record that you paid it. Don’t wait until later to do this because you will most likely forget.
  6. Put receipts from paid bills in file folders – Once you pay your bills mark the copy or section of the invoice with the date paid, check number and the amount and then file it into the appropriate spot such as utilities, insurance, MasterCard etc.
  7. If you have multiple credit cards get rid of a few of them – Having a ton of credit cards in early recovery is unnecessary. Keep only the cards you absolutely need because having multiple credit cards can get really confusing and unmanageable pretty quick.
  8. Have envelopes already ready for recurring bills – For bills such as rent you can have envelops already ready to go and it will save you a lot of time and effort when you go to pay your bills. Just go ahead and make a year’s worth of envelopes with your landlord’s address on them etc.
  9. Set reminders for when bills are coming up – Most of the time when bills don’t get paid it’s not because we don’t have the money we just forget. So set reminders for the deadlines and dates certain bills have to paid
  10. Look into bill paying software which can do all of this for you – there are a lot of software programs out there that can do most of the managing of your bills for you if you have a computer and want to go that route. This can make it much easier to keep up with managing your bills and takes a lot of the time and effort out of it too.

Either way managing your bills in early recovery is part of living a new life where we are not productive members of society with integrity. In order to move forward in life we must learn how to manage basic things such as paying bills in order to slowly begin managing our entire lives.

 

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How Can I Find My Higher Power?

How can I find my higher power?

How can I find my higher power?

Finding your higher power is a deeply personal experience. Everyone finds their higher power in a different way. Some people have what they call a “moment of clarity” or a “white light experience” where they can finally see the world with clear eyes, and they know there is something bigger than them out there. Other people slowly start to notice things in their life getting better or the beauty around them, and they find their higher power from there.

For me, finding a higher power was a long process. I had been raised in a Catholic family, but as I grew up, I had rejected the idea of God. I studied science, and I loved math. I thought that belief in God wasn’t rational, so I abandoned it completely. In my mind, there was science and then there was religion, and they were mutually exclusive. I had been raised to believe that you either believed in the Catholic version of God, or you didn’t believe at all. I chose not believing at all. “Spirituality” to me, was just another word for religion.

When I came into the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous, I resented the fact that the word “God” was part of the steps. You may as well have told me that Santa Clause was going to come fix my alcoholism. It didn’t make any sense. Alcoholism is a medical disease, there are symptoms and progression. How on earth was some higher power going to cure it?

I didn’t last long that first time through Alcoholics Anonymous. As worldly and intelligent as I thought I was, I couldn’t open my mind even a little on the subject of spirituality.

Two things happened at this point in the process of finding my higher power: My addiction became much, much worse and the world around me began to change.

The drugs stopped working for me. I was having to do more and more to get the same relief. I started experiencing some heavy consequences. I lost my job, my relationship, and the trust of my family. But the worst consequences were the emotional ones. I was utterly miserable. I was restless, irritable, and discontent. I hated myself and my life, and I was desperate. The desperation allowed me to get to a point where I was willing to try anything, even finding a higher power, to experience some relief.

The world began to change as well. Spirituality was no longer regulated to the outskirts in my life. People around me began to talk about holistic medicine and the value of meditation. They practiced yoga and paid more attention to the food they were eating. “Organic” food and products were no longer something I associated with hippies out in California. Books like “The Secret” became bestsellers seemingly overnight.

I began to see that spirituality is possible, even without religion. I started my quest to find my higher power with two basic ideas:

1. I was not the most powerful thing in the world, and outside events were beyond my control.

2. When I live a life based on spiritual principles like honesty, acceptance, open-mindedness, and service, and willingness, things got better.

My quest for a higher power has evolved since then, in ways I can’t adequately explain. I am now comfortable calling my higher power “God.” I have a relationship with my higher power, with nature, and with other people that I cultivate on a daily basis. I also haven’t felt a need to pick up a drug or drink in almost two years.

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Ways to give back to the community in Sobriety

Giving Back

Ways to give back to the community in Sobriety

Giving back to the community in sobriety through volunteering, nonprofit organizations, charity or other ways does so much to help the people who need it most while also contributing to the common good. As addicts and alcoholics we were never contributing for the common good but always looking what was good for us. This is why it is great to look for ways to give to the community in sobriety. It doesn’t matter how you do it really there are so many different ways to give money and time. Whether it is through volunteering at a local event, helping a neighbor or making a donation, it is not what you are doing that matters as much as the fact that you are doing it. Even the smallest and seemingly insignificant action can positively impact an entire community by creating change and hope. Here are some ways to give back to the community in sobriety:

Ways to give back to the community in sobriety: volunteer work

There are numerous volunteer opportunities regardless of where you are. For instance it could be something like helping to repaint a playground; it could be volunteering at the local school, volunteering at the local animal shelter or even the homeless shelter. Volunteering can also include visiting residents at a care center. Either way a great way to give back to the community in sobriety is to give your time and your skills. It is amazing the people you will meet and the experiences you will have when you are giving back in your sobriety through volunteering.

Ways to give back to the community in sobriety: Use your skill set

In sobriety you have a unique and special circumstance that allows you to help others specifically, other struggling addicts and alcoholics. Find a commitment and get involved! Not only that but if you have other skills such as being good with cars or maybe you’re a writer? You can offer your skills to someone who may need some help repairing their vehicle or help your favorite charity or magazine spruce up their articles. This is an easy and fun way to give back to the community in sobriety.

Ways to give back to the community in sobriety: Donate to charities

You don’t have to have a lot of money to make a difference with donations. Even the smallest amount of money helps. Give back to the community in sobriety by donating a few bucks to your favorite charity. It doesn’t have to be money that you donate either. You can donate clothes to the Salvation Army, your furniture to a Goodwill store, book to libraries or school, supplies to local classrooms and supplies to an animal shelter. You could always find toys and donate them to Toys for Tots too. There are so many ways to give back to the community in sobriety you just have to choose which one is most appealing to you.

There are many more ways to give back to the community in sobriety and a great place to start is looking online. Online you can find ways to give back to the community in sobriety that are local and close to you. There are also special sites that can match you with volunteer work based on where you are, how much time you have and what you want to do.

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Sobriety Defined

Sobriety

Sobriety is a condition of not having any mind or mood altering substances in your body. In treatment, sobriety is the independence from consuming or craving mind altering substances. The beginning of sobriety is physical abstinence. Abstinence from all mind altering drugs, including alcohol is the bare minimum for recovery. Without being totally abstinent someone who wants to be sober, especially and addict and alcoholic cannot start making a new life for themselves. Trying to just cut back, minimize or control the use of substance and drinking sounds like a good idea but it never works especially for the true addict and alcoholic. The true addict and alcoholic are defined by their inability to control their drinking and drug use once they have started. So just cutting back is never option for real sobriety. The first and most important aspect of sobriety then is of course to be sober and totally abstinent.

Sobriety is more than just the physical abstinence from drugs and alcohol though. There is also emotional sobriety. Emotional sobriety is maintaining balance and harmony in every aspect of your life. There are times in physical sobriety that an addict or alcoholic doesn’t actually pick up the drug or drink but they become so worked up over something in their lives that they have essentially relapse on an emotional level. This may or may not lead to the loss physical sobriety. In recovery the word sobriety usually refers to something a lot more than just not drinking alcohol or abusing drugs. Those who are a part of the 12 step approach view sobriety as a life where the individual is not only free of addiction but also moving towards complete physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Abstinence is something that can be forced onto an individual by others, but sobriety requires a lifelong commitment that requires personal effort. Getting sober in this instance is not a once-off event but instead a continuing process.

Sobriety is a journey and all the individual needs for success is to keep on moving forward. This means facing all the challenges that appear along the way, and seeking out the right type of help and support. As the months and years in sobriety accumulate, dealing with life becomes a lot easier. It is important to realize, though, that the end of the path is never quite reached no matter how long people remain sober. This should not be a cause of concern as most of the fun of life is to be found in the journey itself and not at the destination. Really the definition of sobriety is whatever you want it to be for yourself. It can either be the definition of a condition or it can be a way of life. Either way there’s one thing for certain about what sobriety is – it is total and complete abstinence from drugs and alcohol. That part of the definition of sobriety never changes. Sobriety can just mean a lot more if someone wants it to.

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