Why Addicts Become Addicted to Helping Others

For almost one century, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has used the power of sober addicts’ stories to help others. AA makes it clear that “sobriety depends on connecting with other alcoholics.” While professional counseling has its place in recovery, one addict helping another has proven significant success for those seeking a sober life of happiness and fulfillment. However, this helping relationship can pose a problem for the person with an inclination toward addiction as they can become addicted to helping others. 

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Rule 62 of the AA Rule Book: How It Helps Your Recovery

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has helped people recover from alcohol addiction for more than eighty years. They built their success on their 12 Step program that includes one person in recovery helping another on their path to sobriety. Alcoholics Anonymous published its famous Big Book in 1939 to present its program for recovery from alcohol addiction. This book is full of stories about how AA helped the first one hundred addicts recover. It also contains many valuable practical tips to help people today in their struggle with alcohol. One of the most well-known of these is Rule 62. Read more below about how this rule can help you or a loved one on the journey toward sobriety.

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How Long Should You Be Sober Before Dating?

Dating in sobriety is a controversial topic. Individuals with long-term sobriety often tout the advice of not dating at all during their first year sober. But there are no guidelines to be found in the Twelve Steps or Twelve Traditions. 

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What Are the Twelve Traditions of AA?

The 12 Traditions of AA are the set of internal rules and structures that keep groups focused on their primary objective: helping other alcoholics recover

Just as the 12 Steps are intended to help the alcoholic survive, the 12 Traditions are designed to help the group survive. 

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How to Stay Sober at Christmas

The celebrations during the Christmas season typically include large gatherings with friends, family, and co-workers. While these can be relaxing and fun for many people, Christmas presents an obstacle to those recovering from addiction. Fortunately, no holiday is an insurmountable obstacle when you follow the tried-and-true methods of staying sober at Christmas. 

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4 Great Sobriety Gift Ideas

Giving a sobriety gift honors a friend or family member’s efforts to recover from an addiction. The right gift can mark their beginning, encourage them to continue, or celebrate an anniversary of their success in the journey toward a sober life. Below are four great sobriety gift ideas for that special and sober person in your life.

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How To Tell People You Don’t Drink in 3 Ways

If you seek to live a sober life, you already know that you will face some uncomfortable social situations. Drinking alcohol is a prominent part of so many events in our culture; weddings, parties, family gatherings, beach trips, ball games, and most anytime people gather together may include sharing alcoholic beverages. Your pursuit of sobriety faces its most significant challenges in these settings, where the pressure to conform can be intense.  That is why we put together this article on how to tell people you don’t drink. 

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Veteran Substance Abuse: Signs, Statistics & Risks

Military life is honorable and deserving of everyone’s utmost respect. Unfortunately, service members are especially vulnerable to a variety of substance use disorders. Many men and women in our Armed Forces to smoke, drink alcohol excessively, and abuse drugs. Additionally, many who need help with substance abuse avoid seeking help because of a perceived stigma associated with any mental health issues. Learn more about veteran substance abuse signs, statistics, and risks below. Read more

How to Deal with Alcohol Cravings

The intense alcohol cravings can cause fear, confusion, and temptation during recovery. Alcohol cravings can lead to a preoccupation with drinking, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, and mental confusion. Although these cravings are common during recovery, you may feel shame, guilt, and a loss of control that hamper your recovery. However, you can prevent these issues with strategies that help you understand and manage your urges to drink. Here are some tips on how to deal with alcohol cravings in recovery. Read more

5 Healthy Habits to Replace Drinking

For many individuals, enjoying an evening glass of wine or beer feels ritualistic. However, drinking frequently can take a toll on your health. Whether you’re trying to adopt a cleaner lifestyle or are recovering from alcoholism, these 5 healthy habits to replace drinking can help you get on the right track.

If you or a loved one need a safe space to stay sober, our sober living environment at The Sanctuary Recovery Foundation may be right for you. Contact us and learn how we can help.

Track Your Cues

The first healthy habit you need to practice is tracking the cues that make you want to reach for a drink. Perhaps you find yourself craving alcohol around the same time each day, or maybe you experience a cue around certain individuals. Understanding these cues can help you avoid them, hence lessening your desire for a drink.

Exercise is Key

Exercising regularly can work wonders for cutting your alcohol cravings. After working out, your body releases dopamine which stimulates feelings of pleasure. Exercise can help you both mentally and physically relax, possibly even more so than alcohol. Plus, you’ll gain the added benefit of better sleep and renewed energy rather than the next-day grogginess from consuming alcohol.

Visualize Your Success & Remember Your Hangovers

Another important habit to internalize is visualizing what your success will look like when you cut out alcohol. Perhaps it’s weight loss, saving money, improved mood, or something else. Whenever you experience cravings, visualize what it will look like to achieve your goals.

You might also reflect on the side effects of a hangover, such as nausea, upset stomach, irritability, grogginess, and more. Reminding yourself of these uncomfortable symptoms can help you stay on track and start the following day on the right foot.

Feel Confident Saying “No”

It’s time to get into the habit of saying “no.” At some point in your journey, you’re likely to get offered a drink by a well-intentioned individual or egged on by friends for an evening out. Know that it’s always ok to say no. You don’t owe anyone a reason for no longer drinking, but feel free to let others know why if you prefer. Never compromise your goals because you feel pressured to say “yes” to a social obligation involving alcohol.

Stock Drink Alternatives

One of the easiest options for replacing drinking is, well, replacing what you drink. Stock your refrigerator up with healthy alternatives that you enjoy, such as Kombucha, juices, and sparkling water. Having a satisfying beverage that you can reach for and sip on will serve as a nice replacement option.

Consider The Sanctuary Recovery Foundation

We hope you try these 5 healthy habits to replace drinking. If you or a loved one need further assistance pursuing a sober life, The Sanctuary Recovery Foundation is here to help. Our sober living environment allows individuals to recover in a supportive, understanding community. To learn more, contact us to discover how we can provide the help you need.