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budgeting, budget, fast food, mcdonalds, drink
Budgeting goes way back. When you think of Popeye the Sailor Man—and surely you do—you most likely think of spinach. You know his old line: I’m strong to the finish ’cause I eats me spinach. But spinach is not the only food on offer in the Popeye cartoons. Indeed, a fellow named Wimpy is frequently...
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woman, gardening, green, plants, growing, rehab, recovery, sober
An addiction to gardening is not all bad when you consider all the other choices in life. That quote, attributed around the internet to either Cora Lea Bell or Cora Lee Bell, might just resonate with you if you are a person in recovery from a substance use disorder. While we never make light of...
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group friends support commitment
When you think about getting treatment for a substance use disorder, you probably think of two key components: detoxification and rehabilitation. Those first two portions of treatment programs are so well known, they go by nicknames—detox and rehab. You probably noticed that we just called them the “first two portions of treatment.” Maybe you are...
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women falling leaves autumn happy sobriety
Looking backwards and forwards — what does it have to do with sobriety?  All of us seem to be predisposed to thinking about the past and worrying about the future. We lose sleep over things we regret and also over things we are worried about. We let past mistakes lower our self-esteem, and we let...
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woman listening to music headphones happy recovery
We have all had it happen. A song gets stuck in our head, and it seems like nothing can shake it loose. Some songs are well known earworms, and others might be specific to a given individual. Either way, once you hear an earworm of a song, it can stick with you for hours—or even...
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two men addiction recovery treatment
In a recent blog post, we took a look at a few terms and phrases that might be described as “recovery jargon.” We covered the process known as urge surfing to fend off cravings. We defined the phrase “dry drunk.” And we took a look at the vagaries of the pink cloud, which can cause...
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recovery support group friends
You need to understand the language of recovery. Have you ever found yourself in a conversation with two people who work in the same field—a field different than your own? At some point, the conversation turns to work and what each of you like, hate, and tolerate about your gigs. Maybe your two companions start...
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two female friends drinking sodas with straws on the back of a boat - sobriety
You have probably heard the old song that opens: “Summertime and the livin’ is easy.” It is a nice thought, isn’t it? As the summer arrives in full force, it is nice to think that perhaps the living will, in fact, be easy. Turns out, however, that the season of the year has very little...
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young couple sitting on couch at home - man is sad and anxious, while woman is consoling him and very concerned about him - your loved one
How Can You Help Your Loved One? When someone in your life is struggling with drugs or alcohol, it is only natural to want to help. It is also natural to wonder just how you can help. After all, a person with a substance use disorder is often unpredictable, unwilling to listen, and unable to...
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closeup of tray of colorful coffee pods - therapeutic
In the first entry in this miniseries about the different kinds of therapy, we explored cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and family systems therapy. Finding the Right Therapeutic Approach Our point, as you may recall, is that “therapy” is a generic word that can be applied to quite a...
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