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Learn to Let Go

by Leslie, February 21, 2017

Learning how to let go is an essential part of recovery; however, it’s also one of the hardest. Addiction tends to put us in a state of arrested development. We don’t really change despite our world changing around us. We very rarely have to adapt, so we’re not really used … Continue reading

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Feeling Guilty For A Loved One Struggling With Addiction

by Leslie, February 20, 2017

For many of us, guilt is a common emotion; we feel it constantly, and sometimes with no real justification whatsoever. For those of us with loved ones struggling with addiction, the feeling of guilt is a familiar one. We may feel guilty that in some way we enabled them, or … Continue reading

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What Happens Right After You Enter Treatment for Addiction?

by Leslie, February 15, 2017

Many recovery blogs focus on what happens long before treatment and what happens long after treatment. Focusing on the before and after is what we often find ourselves doing in regards to addiction. There’s often a clear line where we get off of drugs or alcohol and seek treatment, creating … Continue reading

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What Are Surge Emotions?

by Leslie, February 13, 2017

It goes without saying that the first few months of recovery can be the most difficult. You’ll be going through rehab, aftercare programs, detox, and more. It’s not uncommon for you to experience a wide range of emotions during this time period; some might be familiar, others may not be. … Continue reading

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Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

by Leslie, February 9, 2017

Here at Chapters Capistrano, we’ve talked many times about how important it is to discover new hobbies and do new things during your recovery. New hobbies are incredibly important, and meeting new people can add an entirely new dynamic to your recovery. Experiences like this can help recovery from feeling … Continue reading

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Keeping Recovery Fresh

by Leslie, February 7, 2017

Recovery is in many ways the reshaping of yourself. Over the past weeks, months, or even years, you haven’t necessarily been yourself. Substances like drugs and alcohol change how we act and think, and without them in our system, it can feel like you’re finding yourself all over again. While … Continue reading

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The Real Dangers of Adolescent Marijuana Abuse

by Leslie, February 2, 2017

How dangerous is marijuana, really? The campaign against the drug in the United States began in the early 1900s, when it was a common ingredient of many medicines and drugs. After prohibition, the substance saw a much more substantial amount of regulation, culminating in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Overconfidence Derail Your Recovery

by Leslie, January 31, 2017

Last week, we discussed the role of confidence in recovery. Confidence can help us avoid self sabotage, and can propel us out of a rough spot in our recovery. Confidence, for the most part, is an incredibly valuable and overwhelmingly positive thing to maintain during recovery. However, it’s important to … Continue reading

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Finding Your Confidence in Recovery

by Leslie, January 27, 2017

There’s very little in the world more damaging to one’s confidence than addiction. It can make us feel as though we’ve failed, and without treatment it can feel impossible to control. Confidence comes from control, and without control it’s easy to feel lost and pessimistic. However, confidence is essential in … Continue reading

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Avoiding Self-sabotage During Recovery

by Leslie, January 24, 2017

We often view addiction and recovery in terms of black and white. We see addiction as something dangerous that we must fight and overcome. We see substances like drugs and alcohol as the ultimate enemy, and the only danger that we face during recovery. However, viewing addiction as a black … Continue reading

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