Addiction to drugs and/or alcohol is an equal opportunity disease; it does not distinguish between men and women; however, women are generally affected differently than men. Women tend to progress quicker in addiction, face a range of different barriers when attempting to get help and they recover differently than men. It is important to recognize how critical these differences can be when it comes to identifying the addiction, determining the most effective treatment options, and recognizing the challenges women may encounter while on their journey to recovery.
The glorious weather and times of community gatherings are highly anticipated summer occasions. However, as a person in recovery, these events and get-togethers can be challenging when it comes to staying sober and drug-free. Now with all the covid19 restrictions things are even more challenging to socialize in recovery. Here at My 12 Step Store, we offer these five tips to stay sober and drug-free this summer. Continue reading
Summer has arrived and with summer comes local festivals, family gatherings and one of the most celebrated holidays of the year-the 4th of July. Depending on where you live Covid19 regulations on staying safe should be followed and may determine your celebration plans. Summer gatherings can be a fun and festive time, but they can also be stressful and potential triggers for those who are in recovery from substance use. The 4th of July is viewed as a holiday meant for gatherings, BBQ’s and outdoor activities, which can, unfortunately, be difficult for those who want to stay sober, so here are a few tips to help you have a fun and sober 4th of July. Continue reading
Stress can affect people both physically and emotionally. It is an extremely powerful event that can cause anyone to experience coping difficulties. Unfortunately, stress for those who are struggling with sobriety may sometimes be difficult to cope with, which may lead to relapse. The good news is there are ways to manage your stress, while on your journey to stay clean and sober.
With Father’s Day just around the corner, many people are thinking about how to celebrate the men in their lives. There are a multitude of ways to let your dad know what he means to you, and finding a meaningful way to connect can really be a special gift. If you’re a dad in recovery, this Father’s Day can be a time to let your kids, know how important they are in your own life. Continue reading
The need for human connection is hardwired into all of us but finding ways to connect in a healthy manner can be challenging during addiction. Many people have developed a network of friends surrounding their drinking or drug use and maintaining those friendships can pose a serious risk to sobriety. Fortunately, there are ways to make new connections that will support your health and wellness. Continue reading
Accepting Life on Life’s Terms – it’s a phrase you often hear during recovery, but how much time do you spend considering the meaning behind those words? There is a great deal of power in embracing this concept, and it deserves careful consideration and reflection. So, what does it mean to live life on life’s terms? Life on life’s terms means that when life shows up, accept it as it comes and don’t run from the reality, situation, or problem. Dealing with life on life’s terms is not always so easy to do. It requires the action of willingness to surrender and accept your life in the given moment.
From The Share by Paulo Murillo
We asked these clean and sober folks with different lengths of recovery time, how they are maintaining their sobriety during self-isolation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading
Memorial Day is widely recognized as the “unofficial” start of the summer season, in reality, it is a far more important and impactful holiday. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is now observed on the last Monday of May, It became a holiday in 1971, but the practice of honoring fallen service members dates back to the Civil War. Originally known as Decoration Day, families and communities across the nation have long spent this day reflecting on the ultimate sacrifice so many of our citizens have made and finding unique ways to remember their service. Continue reading
Fear of the unknown is an issue for everyone, and fear leads to anger. Fear is defined as strong emotions caused by anticipation or awareness of danger. While anger is described as a strong feeling of displeasure and usually of antagonism. One of the most obvious links between these two emotions is their inherent negativity. Currently, everyone feels uncertain because of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, uncertainty can manifest in other ways, too. Bad health news. A failing relationship. All these things can make you feel like the situation is out of control. Anger, uncertainty, stress, and frustration: These negative emotions can make it difficult to heal and can make the road to recovery that much more complex. Here are some tips. Continue reading