woman relaxing and looking out city window for self-care

Rehab 101: Self-Care = A Multi-Dimensional Relapse Prevention Tool

“Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the most important gift I’ve been given.” – Parker Palmer Being in recovery—whether early on (e.g., in treatment for alcohol or drug abuse) or with many years “clean and sober”—we’re often reminded of the importance of regularly practicing self-care (i.e., daily self-care).…

person with hands clasped dealing with complacency in recovery

Rehab 101: Dealing with the Multi-Dimensional Problem of Complacency in Recovery

“It is not failure, but complacency… aiming too low, that is life’s greatest tragedy.”                                                             – Benjamin E. Mays Most people I know in recovery are aware of how important it is to be vigilant about “practicing these principles in all our affairs.” For the sake of this blog-post, this means that, as far as our…

person walking along the beach practicing patience in recovery

Rehab 101: Reflections on the Value of Practicing the Principle of Patience in Recovery

“Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.”                                                             – Ralph Waldo Emerson The following brief anecdote illustrates one of the first “lessons” I learned in early recovery—the principle of practicing patience in my life. One evening after a recovery group meeting, a tall, thin woman—someone I respected and who I knew had decades of…

man smiling outside enjoying new behaviors in recovery

Rehab 101: The Importance of Practicing New Behaviors (and Attitudes) in Recovery

Whether you’ve just arrived at a treatment center for alcohol or drug issues, have been “working a program” of recovery for decades, or you’re somewhere in between, it’s probably clear to you that learning and adopting new ways of thinking and acting isn’t always easy. But in recovery, we’re quickly told by both addiction professionals…