Sober Living & The Stages Of Change

If you’ve been around the recovery community for any amount of time, you’ve heard of the stages of change. For those new, to recovery and as a refresher for those who have been around recovery for some time, I’ll outline and explain you naturally progress through these stages of change. and how choosing to reside in a sober living home can motivate you through these stages.

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John Makohen
Recovery 365 Spotlight: Start Your Day With Recovery Coach Tod Dodge

The Lighthouse Recovery 365’s recovery coach Tod Dodge shares his insight concerning peer recovery coaching, sober living homes, and the vital steps of AA. Tod Dodge has 25+ years in recovery. He feels the connections, friends, and step 4 and 5 got him sober., but knows AA is not for everyone. Tod’s daily goals are helping his clients create an individual path in recovery always meeting them where they are at.

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John Makohen
Recognize How High Functioning Alcoholics Use Denial

Do you deny or excuse your excessive drinking?

Denial is when you refuse to accept a harsh reality as truth.

At first, denial in high functioning professionals isn’t recognizable. You are able to explain away your alcohol or drug abuse to your family,  loved ones, colleagues, and yourself. As you continue to abuse alcohol, the different types of denial become more natural to recognize and more destructive.

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John Makohen
Sober Living: Learn to Control Cravings Before They Control You

High functioning executive stress is a known cause of cravings for alcohol. Learning to manage your cravings before it controls you, takes practice, but it is not impossible. Do cravings for alcohol cause fear and uncertainty throughout your busy workday? It’s a known fact that stressful situations create the obsession to drink in those who suffer from substance use disorders. Learn to control your cravings.



As an executive, your daily routine has stressful situations lurking throughout the workday. These situations create cravings which seek to control your thoughts and behavior. An urge or obsession to use is the result of a process.


The process is initiated by a trigger. Triggers are personal indicators or precursors which start a feeling.


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John Makohen
How to Recognize Early Warning Signs of Alcohol Abuse in High Functioning Executives

Do you think you are drinking too frequently or having more drinks than intended?


At one time, having several drinks throughout the day was commonplace to relieve stress, unwind, and steady the nerves before a board meeting.


You feel you might be developing a problem with alcohol, but you easily dispute the thought because you are still high-functioning. You get your work done. Most of all you don't look like the bums on Bowery begging for spare change, needing to change their clothes and drinking out of a brown paper bag.

Learn how to spot early warning signs of an alcohol use disorder in high functioning executives.

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John Makohen
Sober Living: Halt Startup Stress & Maintain A Healthy Recovery

Give yourself a break. Self-compassion assists you in creating positive habits. These habits will help alleviate the stress throughout the day. Anxiety is a common result of overworked and overwhelmed body and mind. Recognizing these feelings will help you take a step back and breathe before damage to your health takes hold.

Using HALT can be the difference between sustaining recovery and relapse.

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Life after Rehab: Finding An Executive Sober Living Home Tailored To Fit Specific Recovery Needs

During treatment, you learned that the main challenges in sobriety begin after discharge from an inpatient program.

Are you ready to go back to the chaos of life?

Inpatient treatment planted the seed of recovery, but it needs structure, safety, and security to grow. You’ve decided to discharge to a sober living home to learn how to use coping skills, establish sober support, and how to live a life free from alcohol and drugs.

Before you choose a sober living home ANSWER  these questions to ensure you find an environment and program compatible with your specific needs.

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