A Gratitude Journal Could Make The Difference Between Recovery or Relapse

Did you ever wonder why some people always seem to have a smile on their face? One reason is that they have learned to accept and attitude of gratitude. Today’s post will give you some tips about how to keep a gratitude journal. In recovery being grateful is a formula for successfully defeating self-limiting beliefs and overcoming doubt, and fear. Keeping a gratitude journal is a positve pathway for recovery.

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The Virtues of Good Moral Character: The Foundation of Healthy Relationships Forged in Sober Living.

If you’ve been following along with the blog posts in this series, you’ve come to understand how living life on a path of recovery is much more than abstinence. Recovery is a process of change. In this process, one vital change you will make is transitioning from living life in isolation, alone with your addiction, to a life of connections.

I feel its pertinent to  dive deeper into the virtues of good moral character before I bring the discussions of sober living,  healthy relationships, and virtues of good moral character to a close.

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Your Path to Serenity is Found in Healthy Relationships Forged in Sober Living

In today’s post, Your Path to Serenity is Found in Healthy Relationships Forged in Sober Living, you’ll be given a small list of 3 virtues that when you aspire to obtain in your life can and will create a feeling of serenity as you progress along your personal path in recovery.

Healthy relationships forged in sober living homes help you to live following your belief and value system and to form new virtues. Once you understand your attributes and values, you’ll have set your compass for good moral character. Living in tune with your values strengthens your healthy relationships, which in fact, builds a strong foundation and network for recovery.

Here are 3 fundamental virtues that’ll help you act in good moral character, aligned with your beliefs and values ...

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How Sober Living Sparks Healthy Connections For Sustained Recovery

Sober living homes create opportunities for you to connect with like-minded peers aiming to manifest the best version of themselves, recovery and the highest potential of life. Establish sober support by participating with peer support, 12 step groups and meetings, rekindle family relationships. participating in health minded hobbies and clubs, and volunteering and supporting others. the opposite of addiction is connection.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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