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The Cactus Blooms Again By: M.M.


I don’t believe in coincidences anymore. One of the most useful skills I am learning at Rising Roads is how to turn around my thinking. To take my pessimistic thoughts, hit the pause button, stay mindful and turn the page to a clear, more positive thought pattern. It has taken me a long time to get to a place of more understanding, to have a desire to let go of my bad habits - and I connect it all to working on self-esteem. While I worked on positive affirmations, step work, and therapy, I began to tend to the garden [...]

The Cactus Blooms Again By: M.M.2019-01-05T07:46:14+00:00

Addiction: How Women Differ From Men


In honor of National Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day on March 8, Forbes.com ran an article titled “How Women Experience Addiction Differently Than Men.” For any of you already in recovery, you’re probably feverishly nodding your head just from reading the title alone. We know that as women we experience unique challenges when it comes to addiction and recovery — challenges that are best met with a female-centric approach to treatment. Sadly, until the 1990s when U.S. agencies required federally funded studies to enroll more women, most research on substance use focused on men, explains the author. Today, [...]

Addiction: How Women Differ From Men2019-01-05T07:46:21+00:00

Are You Eating Mindfully?


A big part of recovery is learning to make better choices – including how we handle stress and what we put into our bodies to nourish our minds and bodies. This is where mindful eating can come into play. Eating slowly and mindfully has been found to boost your mental health. Mindful eating means chewing slowly and focusing your attention on your feelings and senses as you eat. Learning to eat mindfully will teach you how to slow down and enjoy your food, to stop when you’re full and to decipher real hunger from cravings due to stress. Here are [...]

Are You Eating Mindfully?2019-01-05T07:46:59+00:00

Alcohol Killing More Young Women


Postpartum depression triggered Ashley Hartshorn’s alcohol use disorder – and, after just five years of alcohol abuse, she died leaving her three children behind. "She wanted so badly to quit drinking, but the shame and the fear kept her from being able to allow herself to reach out for help," Ashley’s mother told USA Today. "Like many, we were ignorant to the effects that alcohol has on the body. I thought she had time, time to hit rock bottom and time to seek help.” Amy Durham, who grew up with a father who abused alcohol, began drinking in her 30s [...]

Alcohol Killing More Young Women2019-01-05T07:47:36+00:00

Why Women Have Higher Rates of PTSD


Did you know that women have double the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as men? The lifetime prevalence of PTSD is 10-12% in women and 5-6% in men. What’s more, PTSD tends to last longer in women – 4 years versus one.  Interestingly, women have been found to experience fewer traumas than men (by a third) and yet their risk of PTSD is higher. This may have to do with the type of trauma, note experts. For example, men who experience combat trauma, accidents, natural disasters and disasters caused by humans are more likely to experience PTSD. For women, [...]

Why Women Have Higher Rates of PTSD2019-01-05T07:48:29+00:00

Battling With Emotions During Recovery


Recovery is an emotional time as you wrestle with a mix of feelings that may have been kept inside for years during active addiction. One day, you may feel angry and the next lonely – and it’s all perfectly normal. That said, a big part of a successful recovery is to understand and accept these feelings so they don’t jeopardize your hard-won sobriety. Here’s a look at a few common emotions you may be struggling with. Stress and anxiety: Many women battle with stress and anxiety during rehab. You’re going through a big life change and you're likely experiencing a [...]

Battling With Emotions During Recovery2019-01-05T07:50:23+00:00

Do You Know the Warning Signs of Mental Illness?


It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week, which was created by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and takes place each year during the first week of October. The goal: to educate, raise awareness, and stop stigma surrounding mental illness. According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 7.9 million people in the U.S. experience both a mental disorder and substance use disorder simultaneously. Either disorder — substance use or mental illness — can develop first. Due to a mix of hormones, cultural pressures, and a higher risk for physical and emotional abuse, women are particularly susceptible to depression, anxiety, panic [...]

Do You Know the Warning Signs of Mental Illness?2019-01-05T07:51:11+00:00

Sober Fun in the Sun


Summer is here and it’s time to make some sober memories! Here are a few fun activities that can help you do just that – and they’ll also double-duty to help strengthen your recovery. Try something new. With its longer days, summer is the ideal season to gain a new skill – either by taking a class or teaching yourself. Take a yoga class, experiment with some new healthy recipes or test your hand at drawing or painting. The sky’s the limit! Make time to read. Not only is reading a great relaxation strategy (especially reading on the beach!), but [...]

Sober Fun in the Sun2019-01-05T07:51:46+00:00

Learning to Love Your Sober Self


There’s no better time to start taking steps to love your new sober self than on Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re struggling with feelings of uncertainty or guilt over past deeds, today is the perfect day to begin forgiving yourself and to start moving ahead as you learn to make better, brighter choices in life. Devote a few minutes today to showing yourself a little appreciation – you deserve it! A few small gestures can help you build your confidence and learn to love the new sober you! Do something that feels good. Nurturing your body is one of the best [...]

Learning to Love Your Sober Self2019-01-05T07:52:30+00:00

Common Stumbling Blocks of Recovery


We don’t have to tell you that recovery is a long journey with ups and downs and lots of stumbling blocks along the way. Knowing what to expect can help you stay the sober path and better handle any challenges that come your way. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) outlined some common stumbling blocks for people in recovery – along with some tips to overcome them. Take a look: Your appearance. During recovery, your outward appearance tends to improve quicker than your ability to stay sober. SAMHSA calls this the “looking good” trap and says, if [...]

Common Stumbling Blocks of Recovery2019-01-05T07:53:08+00:00
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