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Dating in Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 27, 2019 / by Johnny Allem posted in Addiction, Sober Living, SMART Recovery, treatment program, Dating in Recovery

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There is an unwritten rule against dating during addiction recovery. Recovery programs commonly recommend abstaining from dating the first year. Recovery is all about healing and learning how to live without substance use, and that first year of sobriety can be a challenge. Navigating the dating scene or starting a new relationship while working through recovery is a recipe for disaster. 

Managing Emotions

At the beginning of a new relationship, we are inundated with emotions — thrilling highs and lows. Learning to manage emotions is one of the greatest challenges of recovery since drugs and alcohol are typically used to numb emotions.

Choosing a Partner

The rush or highs of dating can be intoxicating, literally. Those fresh out of recovery may be susceptible to that intoxicating feeling which can lead to substituting one addiction for another. Infatuation can be mistaken for love. Thus, someone could fall victim to the pitfalls of dating because they have not fully resolved their emotional issues of seeking things outside themselves to fill a void within.

Developing an unhealthy attachment to someone can also derail recovery efforts. Within that first year of recovery, one is still emotionally unstable and unhealthy.  If you are emotionally unhealthy, then you are likely to attach to other unhealthy people. People in recovery often look to others to rescue or fix them. It can be especially burdensome to put your emotional baggage on your partner, making forming a healthy relationship impossible. 

Once you have successfully completed treatment and waited a year, you will have a better chance of picking the right partner.  Recovery programs help people to develop coping skills and to seek comfort within themselves rather than with drugs or relationships.

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Step 1 of Addiction Treatment: Being Ready to Receive It

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 13, 2019 / by Johnny Allem posted in Addiction, SMART Recovery, treatment program

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Denial is often the greatest obstacle to alcohol dependence recovery. After all, it is not only difficult to identify the problem, but also to admit you have a problem.

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Helping Your Loved Ones Stay Sober In 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 14, 2019 / by Johnny Allem posted in Alcohol, Sober Living, Positive Recovery, SMART Recovery, treatment program

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When a loved one announces that they plan to start the New Year sober, it can be an enormous relief. However, cutting back on drinking is just the first step. Recovery is an ongoing process and the support you offer your loved ones is often invaluable during their New Year's resolution.

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Celebrating Recovery Milestones

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 07, 2018 / by Johnny Allem posted in Sober Living, Positive Recovery, SMART Recovery

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Recovery Month is just around the corner and we at Aquila Recovery would like to encourage you to get involved and celebrate your recovery milestones. You and/or your loved ones have worked hard to get to this point and that deserves to be celebrated.

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12 Tips for a Successful SMART Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2018 / by Johnny Allem posted in Sober Living, SMART Recovery

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The road to recovery is not always smooth and relapses are not desirable, but they are a natural part of the addiction recovery process. Despite this, it is important to remember that there are certain factors that can improve the success of your SMART Recovery Journey and likelihood of long-term sobriety.

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12-Steps Program vs. Smart Recovery: Choosing What Fits

[fa icon="calendar'] May 18, 2018 / by Johnny Allem posted in Addiction, SMART Recovery, treatment program

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Treatment for substance use disorder comes in many forms and understanding the options available can often help you take the first steps towards recovery and forming better lifelong habits. While there’s a myriad of options available, let’s take a look two programs that are particularly popular during sobriety journeys and how you might choose between them.

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The Power of Setting Smart Goals for Addiction Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 24, 2018 / by Johnny Allem posted in SMART Recovery

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Goal setting is necessary in life and is no exception to substance use recovery. Goals represent your vision and goal setting plots the road map to take you there. SMART Goals test the effectiveness of your goals and they fuel your dreams and awaken them to life. It is the first step towards achieving your dreams. Here is why you should consider setting smart goals in your recovery journey.

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Setting and Measuring your SMART Goals 

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 26, 2018 / by Johnny Allem posted in SMART Recovery

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We know that you're focused on your recovery. Staying focused, however, can be a struggle if you're not setting the right goals for yourself. Setting SMART Goals for Addiction Recovery is a challenge facing a lot of people, but it's an easy one to solve.  

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Measuring SMART Goals for Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2018 / by Johnny Allem posted in Positive Recovery, SMART Recovery

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SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. They’re easy to set and easy to track, but many people still fail to meet their goals because they fail to track them.

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