Help strengthen your recovery with these simple steps.
Addiction recovery is an ongoing process that doesn’t end when your initial treatment is complete. Practicing self-care is crucial to making sure that your recovery continues on the right path. Small changes in our every day lives can have a huge impact on our overall health and wellbeing. Here are six, sustainable steps to strengthen your recovery:
Step One: Get Moving. Find ways to be active that you enjoy and do them on a regular basis. Exercise is such a key element in keeping your brain healthy and your recovery strong. There are so many benefits to exercising, such as reducing stress, managing weight, improving brainpower, and more.
Step Two: Eat Right. Your diet can have a huge impact on your mental and physical health. Try to avoid crash diets that can leave your body feeling unsupported and aim for a diet of balance and moderation. Try to eat fresh fruits and vegetables and rule out any food allergies that might cause any unnecessary strain on your body. Read more →
What are the signs of a high-functioning alcoholic?
From a distance, high-functioning alcoholics seem to have it all under control. In fact, they seem to have more than just control, they often appear to be at the top of their game. They hold down high-ranking, stressful jobs and uphold serious responsibilities. They often enjoy luxurious lifestyles with fancy cars and nice homes. But just because they are high-functioning doesn’t mean they don’t feel the repercussions of drinking too much. And for jobs like pilots, doctors, lawyers being high-functioning can also mean being high-risk for many people.
So at what point does someone become a high-functioning alcoholic? It depends on the person. Not everyone is the same. But here are some signs that might indicate that someone is high-functioning and has a drinking problem: Read more →
Listing the mental health benefits of exercise makes us realize just how important it is to a sound recovery.
Sometimes the most basic things offer the most life changing solutions. Exercise can have a major impact on our daily lives as well as our overall health and well-being. Staying active is key to keeping our brains healthy and an overall recovery strong. The great thing about exercise is that it comes in many forms, biking, swimming, running, weights, yoga – there are many ways to reap the rewards of staying active.
Here are a few of the mental health benefits of exercise:
- Reduces stress and anxiety.
- Boosts ‘feel-good’ chemicals in the brain.
- Increases brainpower, improves memory/focus, and protects against cognitive decline.
- Bolsters self-esteem.
- Cranks up your energy.
- Promotes relaxation and better sleep.
The key is to find types of exercise that you enjoy doing so that you are more likely to want to keep doing them. Try to do some form of exercise on a regular basis and change it up every once and while. Read more →
Here are some April Events to help keep you social and sober in ATL:
Buckhead Restaurant Week: Try some of Buckhead’s best and favorite restaurants’ signature menus for $15, $25/$35. Be sure to let your waiter know ahead of time not to bring the wine if it’s included. Ask for the glasses to be removed from the table or try sipping a refreshing glass of sparkling water with lemon or lime.
When: April 18-26, 2015
Georgia Renaissance Festival: “To be or not to be, that is the question!” The Renaissance Festival offers all day fun: food, games, entertainment. Get dressed up or enjoy people watching everyone who braved a costume.
When: April 18 – June 7, 2015, 10am-6pm
Where: 6655 Virlyn B Smith Rd, Fairburn, GA 30213 Read more →
It’s Alcohol Awareness Month. Learn how to stop drinking in Atlanta with these three steps: Decide, Devise, and Detox!
Atlanta can be a difficult place to find sobriety. There is so much happening all the time, and so much of it involves drinking. Falcons or Hawks fan? Or maybe it’s happy hour or dinning out with wine in Buckhead or Atlantic Station? Maybe Virginia-Highland that’s more your speed? Beerfests, music shows, you name it, Atlanta’s got it. It can be difficult to figure out how to navigate a social life once you’re ready for recovery. Many worry how they will ever stop drinking in Atlanta with its extensive social scene and night life? Don’t worry. The great thing about Atlanta is that there are so many great things to do that don’t involve drinking or that you can still take part in sans alcohol. Your social life might need some readjustment but it will be far from over. So if you think you are ready to stop drinking, let’s break it down and tackle it. Decide, Devise, Detox! Read more →
Rehab Atlanta style includes heading to the beach for some R&R!
Drug and alcohol rehabilitation is an ongoing practice. We’re here to help you find ways to continue your recovery journey. And one of the tools, you learn early on is that finding a sober life means finding ways relax. Drugs and alcohol are often used to escape, relax, relieve pain or tension, or to reward or celebrate. So in recovery, you need to learns to do this in other ways. Rest and relaxation aren’t optional elements of recovery, they’re essential. Read more →