5 Stages of Change in Recovery: When Things Begin To Get Better

When living an addictive lifestyle, there are many things that your addiction can take from you. The addiction you have can take away your dignity, relationships, career, and so much more. Some people will hit rock bottom and realize they need to turn their lives around, while others will decide one day that they need to make a change to their life.

No matter what got you to the point of realizing that you need to recover from your addiction, you are here today. You may have just decided to get clean and sober. You may be in your first 24 hours of recovery or you may have been in recovery for a while. Regardless, you are looking to find out when things will get better. It is different for everyone who is recovering from addiction – as this is an individualized process – but there is some information that might be able to help you get the answers you are looking for.

What It Takes to Get 1 Year Sober

As we go through life, our experiences shape not only our perception of the world but the resilience in which we face life’s everyday challenges. When I look back at the last year of my life in comparison to all the ones before it, I can finally smile. See, there was a time when I felt irrevocably stuck- trapped, even. All I wanted day in and day out was a chance to hit the reset button- a chance I was finally awarded in recovery.

Detoxing from Alcohol at Home

As of 2018, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported that 15 million people in the United States have alcohol use disorder. As a chronic and relapsing brain disease, alcohol use disorder, or AUD, involves the compulsive use of alcohol, a loss of control over the amount of alcohol taken in, and an emotional state that is negative when not using alcohol.

Whether a person faces binge drinking, heavy drinking, or dependency on alcohol, it is very difficult to overcome an AUD. However, it is also extremely important for that person’s health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, quitting is not an easy process, and people who drink a considerable amount of alcohol are at risk of experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

Some people looking to overcome an alcohol use disorder choose to detox from alcohol at home. While this may be the only option for some, it is not the recommended method according to Alcohol.org, a resource from the American Addiction Centers. Keep reading to learn more about alcohol detox at home.

Mucho, Mucho Amor

Daddy Yankee is going to have a stellar 2020. Or at least according to the legendary Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado he will.

There are few things more vital to a recovering addict’s journey than friends, family, and traditions – both new and old. At this time of year here in Miami, and throughout most of South Florida, and even beyond, many New Year’s Eve parties would typically culminate with a gathering around the TV to view the iconic, and always entertaining, Walter. His predictions for the coming year would set the stage for many groups of families and friends. His voice and visage were more a harbinger of the New Year than any firework could ever hope to be. His aire was love, compassion, and light. He never brought a cross word or any ill intent. As 2019 came into being, he predicted that it would be a year of transitions that required strength. And now as 2020 knocks on the door, we understand a bit more about why his prediction for 2019 was true.

2019 New Year’s Resolutions for People in Recovery

2018 is almost up and that means it is time to think of your goals for the new year! For the upcoming year, it is normal to wish to lose weight, save more, find a new love or make career changes. And what do all these resolutions have in common? These goals are made to improve the overall quality of one’s life. The only problem is these goals end up not being followed through because they aren’t personal enough and there is a lack of commitment.

For the new year, think of resolutions that are specific to you and that are something you are ready to commit to and see through during your journey to recovery. Here are four resolutions to get you started: