Protecting Your Sobriety Over Labor Day Weekend

sobriety over labor day weekend

Labor Day was first celebrated in 1882 in New York City. In 1894, the first Monday in September was officially designated as a national holiday. The day is intended to be dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. More recently, the Labor Day weekend has meant celebrations with friends and family. This…

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Life After Addiction: What to Expect

life after addiction

Recovery from addiction is a lifelong process. You are finally free from the control that drugs or alcohol have had on your life, and now you must direct your energies toward your life after addiction. What to expect in that life depends on a number of steps you can take to make a positive difference…

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Sober, Socially Distanced Activities in Austin

sober socially distanced activities in Austin

During the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be wondering if you can still enjoy everything that Austin has to offer, especially when you are also in recovery. Austin, the Texas state capital, is full of fascinating sites and points of interest you can experience safely. So, there are plenty of sober, socially distanced activities in Austin…

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How Long Does It Take to Go Through the 12 Steps of AA?

12 steps of AA

Twelve-step programs have helped alcoholics as well as people addicted to drugs overcome their addiction since the mid-1950s. Developed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) co-founder Bill Wilson, the 12 steps can lead you to a successful recovery from your addiction. The first question you may have, though, is how long does it take to go through…

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Sober 4th of July Celebrations in Austin, Texas

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Independence Day is usually a time of gathering with friends and family, watching fireworks, and having a fun celebration. During the COVID-19 pandemic, things have changed just a bit. You can still find lots of ways to celebrate and have fun, of course. There are also a lot of options for sober 4th of July…

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Life Skills for Young Adults in Addiction Recovery

life skills for young adults in addiction recovery

Young adulthood is typically a time to learn essential life skills such as how to handle finances and manage a job search. When the young adult is focused almost entirely on where and how to get the next supply of drugs or alcohol, though, those life skills become a very low priority. Life skills for…

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Process Addictions Explained | Introduction to Behavioral Addictions

behavioral addictions

When you think of addiction, the first thing you probably think of is an addiction to substances such as drugs or alcohol. There are other kinds of addiction that can be equally challenging and devastating. For example, a process addiction is an addiction to a particular type of behavior. The following is an introduction to…

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Tips to Improve Your Mental Health During Self-Quarantine

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After several months of staying home, social distancing, and avoiding contact with others, you are probably a little frustrated and anxious. Your feelings are totally understandable, under the circumstances. Many people are experiencing these same challenges. As we wrap up Mental Health Month, let’s take a look at some tips to improve your mental health…

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Observing Mental Health Month: Austin Resources for Mental Health Care

Austin resources for mental health care

Mental Health Month has landed, appropriately, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. More people are experiencing stress, anxiety, and other daily challenges to their mental health while obeying orders to stay at home and maintain social distances from other people. Many businesses continue to be closed, as Austin’s stay-at-home orders have been extended to…

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Coronavirus: How to Prepare, Not Panic, During an Outbreak

prepare, not panic, during an outbreak

The coronavirus pandemic has everyone naturally concerned about their health and safety. Different people, of course, react differently to the virus, its effects, and the new restrictions under which they are living now. In the time of an outbreak or any crisis, it is always better to prepare than to panic. Learning how to prepare,…

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