Avoiding Relapse Over the Holidays

women and recoveryPeople in recovery, especially those who are newly sober, often find that our mood grinds against the picture-perfect, home-for-the-holidays model set by the media and blasted at us for months on end.

In fact, this time of year often brings up memories of disappointing holidays past, making us vulnerable to feelings of resentment, isolation and melancholy. And with everyone toasting with alcohol at the drop of a hat, especially on New Year’s Day, the holidays is a high-risk time for a recovering addict.
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Steve Cutler

About Steve Cutler

A freelance writer based in New York City and South Florida, Steve Cutler writes extensively on substance abuse, recovery and family systems.

Higher Motivation Correlates to a Higher Success Rate in Alcohol and Drug Rehab

hope in recoveryIt’s no surprise that those who are the most highly motivated when entering IOP drug and alcohol rehab centers have the greatest success in breaking their addictions and maintaining their recovery long term.
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Steve Cutler

About Steve Cutler

A freelance writer based in New York City and South Florida, Steve Cutler writes extensively on substance abuse, recovery and family systems.

Anger Management:  
The Key to Relapse Prevention  
How to Control Your Anger Before it Controls You

Unresolved anger is probably the number one relapse trigger for people recovering from addiction — and the most insidious. Anger can seem like an uncontrollable force when we’re in its grip. But by putting our minds to it and utilizing anger management techniques and tools, we can control angry feelings and thoughts before they control us.
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Steve Cutler

About Steve Cutler

A freelance writer based in New York City and South Florida, Steve Cutler writes extensively on substance abuse, recovery and family systems.

Changing Patterns of Shame-Based Behavior  
A Crucial Step on the Road to Recovery

It’s easy to see how people recovering from addiction have turned to drugs or alcohol to deaden the pain caused by shame-based thinking — a common trait in addictive people — and why correcting self-destructive thinking and behavior is essential to a successful recovery.
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Steve Cutler

About Steve Cutler

A freelance writer based in New York City and South Florida, Steve Cutler writes extensively on substance abuse, recovery and family systems.