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The Top Five Addiction Recovery & Support Blogs to Follow

 

One of the best ways to get through the recovery process and then to stay sober long after the rehab experience is to feel like you’re a part of a supportive community. One way to participate in a community online is to follow some reputable blogs covering issues of sobriety and long-term recovery. Sometimes, it can feel good to be reminded that other people are going through the same addiction recovery experience you are, and each of these blogs is written by people who know exactly what this experience is like and how hard the journey back can be.

The following are some of the addiction recovery blogs that the team at Stairway to Freedom Sober Living recommends:

The Fix

This recovery blog offers content about recovery and sobriety from several different authors. It is a truly incredible mix of different types of recovery and addiction content from both amateur and professional writers. Anything you might wish to know about this entire process is available in some form at The Fix.

Mrs. D. Is Going Without

Written by a New Zealand woman that has been sober since 2011, this blog focuses on what it’s like to go through the early stages of sobriety. She actually did it without going to rehab or receiving help of any sort, so her experiences in muscling through all of that—and being sober for going on seven years—is valuable information for those people interested in learning how she has been so successful in her recovery.

An Addict in Our Son’s Bedroom

This blog focuses on the perspectives of parents dealing with children who are addicts. It is an incredibly heartfelt series of stories about one couple and their experience helping their son struggle through sobriety. It can be incredibly hard to watch someone you love suffer in such a way, and these entries elp people on the outside cope with their own pain and frustrations.

Sober Julie

This blog is organized by a Canadian woman named Julie that has discovered the beauty this world has to offer through the experience of sobriety. A former addict herself, Julie has been completely sober since February of 2010, and the topics of her website range the entire scope of life as seen through the eyes of someone who really appreciates all of it. It is about as uplifting a read as there is among today’s addiction recovery blogs.

The Sobriety Collective

For an edgier look at sobriety, check out this blog by a woman named Laura, whose writing also has appeared at the Huffington Post. Her website is a self-proclaimed “community of awesome people in recovery,” many of whom make contributions to the blog’s content. It is, effectively, a recovery hub, and is one of the friendliest places on the internet for people in recovery themselves.

All of these blogs are designed to help people find their way to recovery in a way that is productive and uplifting. Check out any of these websites for more information, and as always don’t forget that we have even more resources for recovery here at Stairway to Freedom Sober Living. Never hesitate to reach out if you need access to any of them!

Four Tips for Finding Employment After Rehab

 

At Stairway to Freedom Sober Living we focus on providing support and structure to our clients so they can rebuild their lives and learn to be self supporting while sober. One of the first steps towards independence is the search for a new job.

The process may initially seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. While we have people on staff that can help, there are some things people in recovery can do to get themselves back on track for gainful employment, including:

Have Clear and Reasonable Expectations

Finding a job in today’s economic climate is tough for anybody, but it can be especially challenging for people in recovery, particularly if there is no old job waiting for them upon their return. In thinking about getting back to work, it is a good idea for a person to really reflect on what they want to do with their lives. It is a time to find some focus and direction, then jump at the opportunity to make those positive changes in a way that is realistic moving forward.

Use Your Resources

No man (or woman) is an island, so don’t jump into the job search without some help. There are many resources available to recovering addicts, not only here at Stairway to Freedom, but also through organizations like America in Recovery, the National HIRE Network, the Department of Labor One Stop Career Center, the National Skills Coalition, or even temp agencies and unemployment agencies. Help is all around, so do not be afraid to use it!

Choose A Job with Structure

It probably is obvious that addicts should not pursue jobs that will be overly stressful or place them into situations of temptation, but beyond that, it can helpful to consider employment that focuses on structure and routine. That is a big part of what makes rehab in general so successful, so finding a job that continues those routines and upholds that structure could be best for lasting recovery.

Don’t Be Afraid to Start Small (But Leave Room for Growth)

Very few people are going to leave rehab and immediately assume financial control of a Fortune 500 ompany, but that doesn’t mean these people can’t still have big dreams for the future. While it is perfectly reasonable and perhaps even more realistic to consider an entry level job, it also is a good idea to leave some room for growth down the line.

Of course, we are happy to help with any of this here at Stairway to Freedom Sober Living, so for any people in recovery looking to get back into the employment pool following their rehab experience, ask questions, update your resume, and pound the pavement. An ideal job is out there waiting for you.

Choosing the Right Sober Living House for You

Living in a safe environment with access to support and structure is an important step on the road to complete recovery. There are a number of factors that recovering addicts should consider when looking for the perfect sober living house.

Four Tips for Choosing a Sober Living House

Each of these factors plays a tremendous role in the success of a sober living house, so as you navigate your options, make sure to ask plenty of questions about each of the following:

#1 Accountability

The only way anybody ever is going to really get back to an independent, substance-free existence after rehab is to take accountability for their actions. A sober living house should help former addicts adjust to this way of thinking and living, which means drug tests, breathalyzers, and even curfews all should be set up as safeguards to ensure you are remaining honest in your sobriety and moving safely toward life after the halfway house.

#2 Support

Ideally, most of this accountability would come from within, but no individual can navigate this process alone, which is why a strong support system also is important. The best support in the journey toward sobriety comes from people who genuinely are sympathetic, yet still tough and honest. Compassion is a key part of this process, too, so finding a staff that understands and appreciates what you’re going through, while still holding you to that accountability piece that is so important is essential in selecting an ideal sober living facility.

#3 Structure

Something else recovering addicts need in their daily lives is plenty of structure, and honestly the more mundane that daily routine, the better. While a curfew is one way to enact this structure, other routines are equally helpful. Essentially, there should be a number of set-in-stone rules and regulations that exist to supplement the spiritual and therapeutic work a person does throughout the course of the day, and good sober living facilities have solid rules and a predictable routine, all of which works to create a zero-tolerance drug-free environment for people in recovery.

#4 Location

There are all sorts of different halfway houses available to those leaving rehab, but with so many other things to stress about in recovery, personal safety shouldn’t be among them. Choosing a sober living facility in a safe neighborhood is important, because while it’s impossible to avoid temptation completely in the real world, it is possible to move as far away from temptation as possible when true, long-lasting sobriety is still a work in progress.

Recovering from any sort of substance abuse isn’t easy, even upon completion of rehab, when it feels like the worst of things is in the rearview mirror. A supportive sober living facility is the next pit stop on the road to true recovery, and here at Stairway to Freedom, we would love to be that destination.

 

Six Common Myths about Addiction that Stifle Recovery

The road to recovery from any sort of substance addiction is a long and challenging one that unfortunately very often comes with a whole lot of questionable advice about recovery from friends and family who think they know how best to help the people close to them. There are plenty of myths about recovery that can give recovering addicts the wrong idea about how to squash their demons, but these myths often are counterproductive to the healing process.

Knowing this, we want to make sure addiction recovery happens as it should here at Stairway to Freedom Sober Living. Recovering addicts should not be fooled by these common myths about addiction recovery:
 

1. Addiction Should be Overcome with Willpower

Many people seem to believe that addicts can get over their addictions simply by having the willpower to do so, but addiction recovery is about so much more than just willpower. Modern science has proven definitively that addiction is a disease, not a choice, so getting healthy goes way beyond just wanting it badly enough.

2. Addicts Deserve Punishment

Entirely too many addicts have seen their lives and personal relationships destroyed by their addictions, and some see their failure to be healthy as a punishment or a sort of atonement for their sins. Lives do not get better through more substance abuse, however, and everybody deserves a shot at health and redemption.

3. Detox is an Off-ramp to Recovery

Some detox patients believe that a little time at a recovery center is enough to be cured of their addiction, especially after getting through the worst of the withdrawal symptoms. Getting sober may feel like the hardest part, but it certainly is not the end of the process. Detox is just the beginning. Staying sober is an entirely different series of challenges.

4. Rehab Doesn’t Work

Plenty of addicts sincerely believe that rehab is a scam, that it flat-out does not work for certain types of addicts. However, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, research shows one-third of people treated for alcohol abuse have no further symptoms one year later, and many others show significant progress in that same amount of time. Done right, this really can work. It certainly will not work for those addicts that never try it.

5. Medications are Dangerous for Addicts

Many recovering addicts are concerned that taking medication would just be trading one addiction for another, but certain FDA-approved drugs used in the addiction process are not themselves addictive. More importantly, though, these drugs actually can work to help combat the disease, and avoiding them just because they are pills is counterproductive to recovery.

6. Relapse Means Defeat

Worst of all, entirely too many patients believe that a slip up means the whole process is over and that they have lost their fight against addiction, but there are so many ways to “get back on the horse,” as they say. A relapse does not mean you have lost. The road to recovery has just hit a speed bump.

 
Getting sober is hard enough as it is, and myths like these only make it harder. Take advice only from professionals because if you are willing to get help, it should be from someone who is qualified to help you. Thankfully you can find those professionals right here at Stairway to Freedom Sober Living.

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