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5 Amazing DIY Face Scrubs

Exfoliating is one of the steps to remove blackheads, whiteheads and dead skin on your face while simultaneously unclogging it. So you look healthy and fresh. If you’re worried about getting dry skin from exfoliating – mainly from the ingredients in the store bought face…

8 Ways to Help Your Child Heal From Past Trauma

8 Ways to Help Your Child Heal From Past Trauma

Children growing up around addicts face trauma of their own. While we may try to protect them from it, it doesn’t always work. It hurts to know that we allowed our children to go through it. That’s an experience you never want them to have.…

The Top 6 Addiction Stories on YouTube

The Top 6 Addiction Stories on YouTube

Sometimes I still have bad days. Watching, reading, or listening to addiction recovery stories helps get me through. If it helps me, maybe it will help you too.

Today was hard. For no reason except the thoughts inside my own mind.

It can be my own personal hell in there at times. One little thing happens, and I go into worst case scenarios. I create my own sense of impending doom.

One little mistake, so little it doesn’t even actually matter. That’s all it takes.

I put myself in a panic attack at the optometrist with my daughter. Then the doctor asked me a question, I stuttered, and then my brain filled with all these tiny mistakes.

I convinced myself I’m a huge fuck up. Then I wanted to use, I got angry, I got impatient, and I let that cycle kick my ass once again.

It’s okay though, I have a program. I had too much on my plate to get to a meeting today. So I came home prepped for my 15 year olds first date without me chaperoning. Once she left, I made a kick ass pot of coffee, did some yoga, and watched these recovery videos.

I’m back now, centered, focused, and on my game. I can handle the rest of my night without a break down.

It’s okay to have a momentary derailing. It’s not okay to wallow in it and let it consume you. Consumption will lead to using.

Find your game plan, write it down, and use it! In the meantime check out these videos. Remember, if they did it, so can you!

6 amazing YouTube recovery stories:

  1. Cole Chance Cole’s journey through recovery led her to practicing yoga. Mine has put me there as well and I always love a similar story.
  2. Jackie’s story Jackie shows a lot of self awareness and growth in this story. The backstory is a tough one to listen to.
  3. Kate Flowers Kate tells her story with emotion that you can feel. Her every word, and facial expression just brings how she feels right into your own heart.
  4. Sara This one hit home for me and brought me to tears.
  5. Rodney Rodney’s story talks about alcohol through generations.
  6. Abdi Abdi talks about anger, and violence with addiction. This story also shares how yoga helped with recovery.

I only got to six because that was all I needed. Next time I’ll just add what I watch to this list. I want to say a big congratulations to everyone out there that is on their recovery journey. Also, everyone that’s not, you will get there. I have faith in you!!

Essential oils That Benefit Mental Health

Essential oils That Benefit Mental Health

There are many articles claiming lavender or ylang ylang essential oil can fix your stress, cure anxiety, and even make you recover from addiction. They can’t actually fix it. However, essential oils can help. Studies have proven that certain essential oils boost mood. Will that…

Recovering Addicts Need Yoga!

Recovering Addicts Need Yoga!

For those in a 12 step program finding spirituality is no stranger. As for those that are not, well it’s not about religion. It’s about delving deeper into yourself while creating a mindfulness that absolutely will keep you clean. It only works if you work…

Running as an Addiction Recovery Tool

Running as an Addiction Recovery Tool

Who actually likes running? I didn’t, I even bought a shirt that says ” I hate running” to wear while I run. In fact, the only reason I started running was because I promised my sponsor that I would. I promised to run twice a week for a month.

That first run was miserable. I had permanent RBF the entire run. At the end of, when I finally stopped, I noticed I wasn’t anxious anymore. That provided motivation for the second run.

By the end of the month, I had developed a serious love-hate relationship with running. I knew if I did it I would feel better, but I didn’t want to do it in the first place.

One month turned into 6 before I even realized it. Now 4 years later I have my Fitbit, running shoes, running pants, a specific running bra…etc. the point is running quickly became a part of my life that I have grown to love.

Now I’m not some competition runner or anything. I literally just plug in my ear buds and run up my own road when I’m stressed out. It really and truly alleviates stress. want to know how? Keep reading!

10 Ways Running Aids Recovery and Relieves Stress:

  1. Norepinephrine: Running or even jogging increases norepinephrine which helps manage the brains response to stress. It’s like a natural antidepressant.
  2. Vitamin D: no I don’t mean that kind of D. I mean the one that your body produces when it’s exposed to sun. This vitamin actually aids in depression and anxiety.
  3. Boost brain performance: cardiovascular exercise causes an increase of brain deprived protein that causes the hippocampus to function at a higher rate. This helps with decision making, higher thinking, and learning.
  4. Helps alleviate insomnia: your body is programmed to get sleepy during certain times. Running raises your core temperature. Once that temperature drops back down 3-4 hours later your body will naturally get sleepy.
  5. Lowers cortisol levels: cardiovascular exercise actually causes your body to produce endorphins which lower cortisol levels. Cortisol is the chemical that makes you grumpy, bloated, and fat.
  6. Encourages blood flow to brain: in doing that it actually helps to keep your energy levels up. Running 2-3 times a week will have you feeling more energetic even on days you don’t run.
  7. Provides a positive outlet: let’s face it as former addicts we all know what choosing the wrong outlet can do. Going for a run to blow off steam is definitely the better option.
  8. Boosts self esteem: I know when I first stopped using my self esteem was at an all time low. I hated myself for what I had become. Running got me back in shape and looking healthy again. Which greatly boosted my self esteem.
  9. Repairs the neurotransmitters in the brain: depending on what substance you were using you may have damage the receptors for dopamine and serotonin. Running is proven to repair that damage.
  10. Decreases cravings: when your body begins functioning correctly again it doesn’t crave the unhealthy like it used to. I’m not saying you will never want to use again. I am saying that you won’t want to use as often though.

There you have it 10 amazing reasons to add running to your recovery program. If you don’t believe me ask around in your next meeting. I guarantee you will be told its true!

Why are Coping Skills so Important in Recovery?

Why are Coping Skills so Important in Recovery?

First let’s discuss what coping is: Coping means to invest one’s own conscious effort, to solve personal and interpersonal problems, in order to try to master, minimize or tolerate stress and conflict.  Therefore, having good coping skills means that you will be able to better…

How to Recognize Addiction in Yourself

How to Recognize Addiction in Yourself

Have you found yourself wondering if you might be addicted to something? With the rising addiction rates around the world, it’s a question many people are asking themselves. Whether it be, prescribed medication or a substance taken for leisure, it’s possible to become addicted without…

It’s Their Addiction Not Yours

It’s Their Addiction Not Yours


Are you allowing someone else’s addiction to take over your life? It’s easy to do. They need help so you try to give it. Then before you even know it your life has become consumed by the addiction you are trying to save them from. 

A few important things to learn here are you can’t take care of someone else if you aren’t taking care of yourself, enabling them only keeps them using, and you didn’t cause, you can’t cure it, and you can’t control it. 

Take care of yourself first

It is easy to get wrapped up in someone else’s addiction and neglect yourself. They need help and you want to give it. However, keep in mind that if you aren’t caring for yourself then you will not be able to care for them. You will become tired, stressed, and emotional. No one can think clearly in that state. If you are finding yourself there, it’s time to practice some self-care. Take a moment to go for a walk, read a book, have dinner in peace, turn off your phone so you can rest…etc. Remember it’s their addiction, not yours, don’t give anyone in your life the power to control your state of mind.

Enabling the addict damages you and them

Enabling is when you take care of things for the addict, which gives them the means to continue using. Think about it like this if they spend all of their money on their addiction, so you lend them money for food, you enabled them to continue using without consequence. Addicts need those consequences. That’s what causes them to seek recovery. 

Enabling isn’t just about money, it’s doing anything for the addict that makes it easier for them to use. Remember you can say no and still love them. It’s not easy, but it’s not wrong. Tough love is still love.

You didn’t cause it, you can’t cure it, and you can’t control it

This is known as the 3 C’s. Read that title again, it’s valuable information. You did not cause their addiction, they did. You can’t cure their addiction, only they can. Also, you can’t control their addiction, odds are not even they can. While this may be a hard truth to swallow, it is the truth. 

If you are finding yourself struggling with someone else’s addiction you should seek help. There are 12 step programs for families, friends, and spouses, and counseling is always an option.

7 Tips for Achieving Work-Life Balance

7 Tips for Achieving Work-Life Balance

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is getting tougher these days. Many Americans spends 8 hours a day at a 9-5 staring at a computer screen. Then they go home only to stare at their phones, the television, or even another computer screen. The fast pace…