Top 5 Benefits of Being Sober

Top 5 Benefits of Being Sober

There is a misconception that sober life is boring or that everyone replaces their time spent getting high or drunk with time spent in AA meetings and therapy. While group meetings and therapy are an important part of maintaining lasting sobriety, people have a whole lot more time on their hands now that they are…

Finding New Connections: The Importance of Community in Recovery

Finding New Connections: The Importance of Community in Recovery

In a TedTalk given in 2015, British-Swiss journalist and writer Johann Hari stated that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it is human connection. This TedTalk has since become increasingly popular, and this phrase and idea of the importance of connection in relation to addiction has grown in traction. Isolation is a common part…

What is Rehab Like? What to Expect When Starting Rehab in NC

What is Rehab Like? What to Expect When Starting Rehab in NC

Every year, over 67,000 people die as a result of drug overdoses in the United States. Often, drug addiction is overlooked as an illness and is not treated in a constructive and helpful way. Understanding that you have an addiction is essential and admitting that you need help is one of the first and most important steps…

Who are you? How Mindfulness and Meditation help to re-create the Self

Who are you? How Mindfulness and Meditation help to re-create the Self

Who are you? Are you your thoughts: The stories that you’ve told yourself for so long that perhaps you can’t even identify the specifics of, that perhaps are just identified as feelings or comparisons, or subtle identifying qualities, judged or affirmed? Are you your body: Growing, impacted by environment, deteriorating in less-than-ideal circumstances, and finally merging…

Discovering Oasis: Why Our Mindfulness-Based Approach to Recovery Makes a Difference

Discovering Oasis: Why Our Mindfulness-Based Approach to Recovery Makes a Difference

“Mindfulness” has become a buzzword in the past few years, and for good reason. In our fast-paced world with so much stimulation and stress, finding stillness has never been more difficult–or more important.  Although mindfulness practices, such as yoga and meditation, have been used for centuries across the globe, new research data is frequently being…

From Confusion to Clarity: How to Make Sense of the Chaos of Addiction

From Confusion to Clarity: How to Make Sense of the Chaos of Addiction

It happens all the time in the lowest of low states: the urge; the propulsion to figure out the problem. Whether you’re an addict in the depths of addiction, or a loved one reaching for solutions, there’s a desire to logically and rationally find the cause of a challenging situation, and follow with a nice tidy…

Get Your Fix of Dopamine: How to Increase Dopamine Naturally

Get Your Fix of Dopamine: How to Increase Dopamine Naturally

Motivate, elevate, concentrate: these are all superpowers effectively influenced by the power of Dopamine. Obviously, they are not superpowers, but they certainly may seem like it to those who have found themselves lacking in these qualities and have turned to drugs for a boost. And a boost is an understatement for the effect of drugs…