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Category: Harbor Village Alumni

5 Things I Wish I Knew On My First Day Sober

Smoking Dictates Rather You Go Out or Not

No matter how far you travel down the path of sobriety, that very first day sober will always remain crisp in your memories for a number of reasons. That first moment of clarity and the decision to commit to sobriety is significant because it marks your very first steps toward...

10 Fun Ways to Spice Up Your Recovery

10 Fun Ways to Spice Up Your Recovery

Here’s a question: what do you think is the most dangerous emotion to experience in early recovery? Anger? Depression? Anxiety? All good and valid answers, but ultimately they’re incorrect. The answer is boredom. Boredom leads to a wandering mind which can be just the hitch in your resolve necessary for...

5 Things You Should Know About Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders

5 Things You Should Know About Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders

Double the trouble, double the stigma: being diagnosed with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders can make recovery feel impossible. The reality is that co-occurring mental health disorders are more common in the recovery community than we think. In fact, there’s a lot you need to know- let’s start...

Top 5 Things to Have in Your Relapse Prevention Plan

Top 5 Things to Have in Your Relapse Prevention Plan

The secret to long-term sobriety is no secret at all: it takes commitment, resilience, and a little bit of creativity sometimes. At the end of the day, the recovery journey is about knowing what you really want for your life and taking the steps to reach those goals. In order...

People in Recovery are Tired of Hearing These 5 Things

People in Recovery are Tired of Hearing These 5 Things

There’s no shame in being in recovery. Wearing the badge of sobriety marks you as a survivor- and more than that, a warrior fighting a battle that many before you have not survived. It is something people in recovery should be proud of, something to celebrate. While some dark and unsavory...

3 Quick Fixes for Beating Triggers

3 Quick Fixes for Beating Triggers

Unidentified triggers are like ticking time bombs- waiting to threaten your commitment to sobriety. While through rehab you can learn new life skills and coping mechanisms to help us process and stay above the influence, sometimes sudden triggers leave us reeling; they make it hard for us to remember the...

What it Takes to Be a Sober Warrior (In Pictures!)

What it Takes to Be a Sober Warrior (In Pictures!)

I’ve always admired the term ‘sober warrior’ because it’s so true to life. Living sober is waking up each day with the spirit of a fighter, determined to win the day’s battle. Don’t misunderstand- sobriety isn’t about who can endure the most or gritting and bearing through triggers and urges....

3 Things I Would Have Never Learned Without Rehab

3 Things I Would Have Never Learned Without Rehab

There’s a lot of speculation when it comes to rather rehab is useful or not. People who successfully achieve sobriety through treatment will attest to the benefits of having guidance and support throughout the journey. Others will question and ridicule it, claiming all the recovery industry wants is to fill...

Meditation for Addiction Recovery: a How-To Guide

Meditation for Addiction Recovery: a How-To Guide

Meditation for addiction recovery is a powerful tool for controlling your response to urges and cravings. Getting in touch with your body on a more intimate level helps you become more aware of the changes which can predict the onset of cravings. It can be hard to know where to...

When You Feel Defeated

When You Feel Defeated

Some days are just… horrible. Sometimes it seems like the days drag on, raining down punch after punch, kick after kick. We feel the weight of the world on our shoulders and we just can’t carry it any more. It’s overwhelming, anxiety inducing, and leaves you feeling worthless and defeated....