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Creating a Relapse Prevention Plan in Early Recovery

Relapse Prevention Plan

A relapse prevention plan for substance abuse helps you combat cravings and maintain sobriety after graduating from a rehab program. Substance use disorder (SUD) treatment introduces you to the building blocks of healthy living that help you create a sustainable recovery, free of drugs and alcohol. Group therapy sessions can help you create a relapse […]

18 Sober Date Ideas

Young couple on a sober friendly date

In a world where it feels like alcohol is everywhere you go, there are always options for sober activities for those in recovery or people who just prefer a sober date.  Drinking on a first date is often considered ​the norm, to the point that not drinking can be alarming to some​. Even worse, someone […]

6 Types of Friends That Benefit Your Recovery


During addiction recovery, many people worry that they will lose their friends and remain alone. While this is entirely untrue, it is important to acknowledge that sobriety weeds out the toxic friends. However, when toxic friends are removed, sobriety makes way for new, healthy friendships. Whether you already have a sober support group or are […]

Nutrition is Damaged By Addiction

nutrition, addiction

Oftentimes, people who are struggling with addiction lack proper nutrition. Depending on the addictive substance, additional side effects will strip your body of nutrients and harm your organ systems. Your overall well-being begins to decline throughout your substance use as a result of your dietary deficiency.  One of the behind-the-scenes aspects of quality addiction treatment […]

Social Isolation and its Toll on Addiction

Social Isolation

Substance abuse often leads us to find solace in isolation. Social isolation is detrimental to those who suffer from addiction because it strips them of positive influences and hinders their ability to recover. Confirming a False Narrative People who suffer from addiction end up alienating themselves from friends and family. Eventually, they’re left with nothing […]

An Alcoholics Anonymous Interview

Alcoholics Anonymous

There was a long pause before the recording continued. A deep sigh preceded her explanation, “It’s difficult to convince people navigating early sobriety of anything.” A recent college graduate who has continued sobriety since the fall of 2009, Taylor is no stranger to the complaints raised against Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).  I’d emailed an inquiry regarding […]

Underlying Emotional and Mental Disorders Affect on Recovering Addicts

dual diagnosis recovery

When our guests at Royal Life Centers come into treatment for the first time they are in a lot of pain. While it may seem obvious that the abuse of drugs or alcohol is the main issue, there are often a plethora of emotional and mental disorders that accompany addiction. Many, if not most of […]

Telehealth: Healing from Home


What is Telehealth? In a world of social distancing and months of quarantine, telehealth has gone from an interesting innovation to a primary method of medical care. Telehealth, as the name suggests, is a system in which you utilize communication technology such as your phone, computer or other device to meet with your doctor remotely. […]

Youth and Substance Abuse


The Crisis of Substance Abuse in Our Youth As substance abuse in America continues to rise year over year, a very pressing concern is not just fear for our struggling brothers, sisters or friends, but for our children. While adults make up the majority of users, youth, typically between ages 12-17, are a growing population. […]

The Spiritual Principles of Step 3


What is a 12 Step Program? During addiction recovery, be it for alcohol or drugs, a primary form of substance abuse treatment is a 12 Step Program. Known usually as Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous, 12 Step Programs are highly recommended as a supplemental support system to go alongside group therapy and one-on-one therapy. This form […]