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What Does Successful Recovery Look Like?

What Does Successful Recovery Look Like?

When we talk about successful recovery, many people often think that it is merely abstinence from mind-altering substances. The reality is though, that successful recovery goes far beyond just not drinking or using drugs. Successful recovery involves a mind-body-spirit approach that can't even begin until the drugs and alcohol are long gone. For those of us that find ourselves addicted to a substance, we've become addicted because we didn't like how we felt when we were sober. That drink or drug changed everything for us - putting us in a place where we finally felt comfortable in our own skin.…
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Understanding the Basics of Relapse Prevention

Understanding the Basics of Relapse Prevention

These days, relapse prevention is the biggest buzzword in addiction recovery circles. Everyone wants to know how to stay sober once they stop drinking or using. The good news is that staying sober is something that everyone can do. The bad news is that it isn't always easy. Here are a few basic things to remember to keep the cravings at bay. 1. Create a new life for yourself. Remember that coming into recovery means that you are creating a new life and leaving your old one behind. Old friends and family, unhealthy relationships, and old neighborhoods make it very…
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What its Like to Struggle with Addiction

What its Like to Struggle with Addiction

"I sat in the living room with my mom and dad," he said. "They told me that they wouldn't give me any more money or even talk to me if I kept on drinking. I wanted to stop, in fact I was miserable. I didn't want to drink anymore. But physically, or mentally, I knew I couldn't stop. I didn't know how. My parents told me that it was simple: Just don't drink. If only it were that easy." This is a very common story. Unfortunately, people who have never had a problem with an addiction don't understand its complete…
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Six Reasons to go to Sober Living after Treatment

Six Reasons to go to Sober Living after Treatment

As people who are new in recovery, most experts highly recommend some sort of supportive aftercare to help you stay sober. For many of us, we’ve become so accustomed to our lives in active addiction that we may not remember, or perhaps never even learned healthy living skills. We don’t know what life is supposed to be like without drugs or alcohol. It’s no secret that the relapse rate among alcoholics and drug addicts is very high. Having the right support for a period of time after treatment can help solidify the new skills and healthy patterns that often prevent…
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Chateau Recovery Opens In West Hollywood

Chateau Recovery Opens In West Hollywood

West Hollywood, CA – New to the recovery scene in West Hollywood, owner Ashlee Krichmar is beginning a new journey in her own recovery program. With the hope of sharing her experience, strength and hope with others, Krichmar has opened up the first of what she hopes to be many sober living homes in the Los Angeles area. This new venture is called Chateau Recovery, and her business model is unique, even for the L.A. sober living community. Focusing on personal growth in recovery, Krichmar operates her home as a family, providing food, emotional support, and an environment of personal…
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