Hygge Meaning
What is Hygge? The Key To A Sober Holiday
December 11, 2017

What is Hygge? The Key To A Sober Holiday Hygge—roughly pronounced “HUE-guh”—is a Danish word that has been adopted into the English language because no English word properly captures the concept. The closest equivalent is “coziness,” but hygge also implies self-pampering, companionship, soft light, good food, simplicity, and freedom from concern. It also implies an…

The Scariest Things About Sobriety – 6 Fears & How to Beat Them
October 17, 2017

THE SCARIEST THINGS ABOUT SOBRIETY  With Halloween approaching, many people are looking forward to a few scares. Right now, are you looking forward to personal life changes that are strong and positive—yet scary? When you’re fresh out of detox, the prospect of lasting sobriety can look terrifying. Will you be able to resist temptation? Will…

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Coping with End-of-Summer Transitions
August 14, 2017

Coping with End-of-Summer Transitions Stress is a major factor in most cases of addiction relapse. Life transitions are by definition stressful. So it follows that anyone in recovery, and especially in the early stages, does well to approach transition periods with extra caution.   That also applies to “regular” transition periods such as the end…

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Avoiding Relapse When Life Gets Overwhelming
June 19, 2017

Avoiding Relapse When Life Gets Overwhelming: Special Hints for Transition Periods   June is traditionally the month for weddings. It’s also a month when many recent graduates are seeking their first full-time jobs. Either situation means major changes in living situations, responsibilities, daily schedules, and/or budgets—not to mention all the planning, decision-making, and to-do lists…

Don’t Fool Yourself: What 6 Classic Pranks Teach Us About Rationalization
April 3, 2017

Don’t Fool Yourself: What 6 Classic Pranks Teach Us About Rationalization Did you fall for any April Fool jokes this weekend? You may dislike being the butt of a prank, but most of them are harmless enough.   That can’t be said of the rationalizations people use to “fool” themselves into starting, or returning to,…

Keep That New Year’s Resolution Year Round: Six Secrets of Keeping Resolutions Fresh
February 6, 2017

Keep That New Year’s Resolution Year Round: Six Secrets of Keeping Resolutions Fresh Each year, forty percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions—and eighty percent of resolvers break their resolutions. You may be among those who have never kept a January 1 promise this far into the year—or who have given up the whole idea.…

No Time for Happiness? 7 Principles for Embracing Your Limits
December 12, 2016

No Time for Happiness? 7 Principles for Embracing Your Limits Fewer people are “driven to drink” by tragedy than by the everyday stress of “keeping up.” It doesn’t matter whether your daily schedule revolves around entering data into a computer, taking care of children, or volunteering with Habitat for Humanity: just when you think you’ve…

Resisting Relapse When it Rains on Your Parade
October 17, 2016

Resisting Relapse When it Rains on Your Parade “Into each life some rain must fall,” said Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Those who recently lived through Hurricane Matthew are probably thinking right now that they’ve had enough metaphorical and literal rain for one lifetime. Whether your “flood of rain” comes in the form of a literal deluge,…

Live and Learn: Top 10 Ways to Stay a Lifelong Learner
August 15, 2016

Live and Learn: Top 10 Ways to Stay a Lifelong Learner As the 2016–17 school year opens, parents and kids are preparing for major changes in routine. You may be thinking about going back to school yourself, especially if a bout with chemical dependence interrupted your education. But even if you have all the degrees…

5 Ways to Cope with Summer’s Special Challenges
June 20, 2016

5 Ways to Cope with Summer’s Special Challenges Long after final graduation, most people still find summer the ideal time to slow down and relax. Leisure travel increases, organizations suspend regular meetings, and 9-to-5 businesses slow their production schedules. Families with schoolchildren make major adjustments in daily routines. Weddings and outdoor events surge in frequency.…