Monthly Archives: December 2020

5 Tenants of Recovery from Alcoholism and Addiction

Millions of people who struggle with alcoholism or addiction want recovery but do not fully understand the concept. They often imagine that recovery includes white-knuckling through urges to drink or use drugs again, while still staying the same person they were when their troubles began. A full recovery program should address multiple areas of an […]

How the Great Outdoors Can Help Your Recovery

According to Harvard Medical School, Americans spend approximately 90% of their lives indoors, with the percentage increasing as a person ages. Such a sedentary life lends itself to poor physical health but also can be harmful to someone who is already prone to mental health issues like depression. Spending more time outside offers benefits to […]

Setting Boundaries for Your Sobriety

Now that you’re in recovery, it’s vital to be proactive in setting boundaries for yourself. This includes protecting your health by being outspoken with your social circle about what you will and will not do. Your friends and family might know that you’re in recovery, but they may not know exactly what that entails. They […]

Learning Guided Imagery Can Reduce Your Anxiety

Many people utilize yoga and meditation to supplement talk therapy and group meetings to develop a positive mindset. Still, many people do not have experience with guided imagery. Guided imagery is a type of focused relaxation intended to unite the mind and body to create harmony and peaceful images. It involves using all five senses: […]

How Long Do Drug Cravings Last During Withdrawal?

For a person contemplating entering recovery for their struggle with addiction, one of the biggest concerns revolves around experiencing physical cravings for their drug of choice. The idea of feeling the familiar,  urgent drive to indulge that craving but not having the option due to being in a residential or hospitalization program can be overwhelming.  […]

How Keeping a Journal Improves Your Mental Health

If you don’t write in a journal because you associate it with the dramatic emotions of a teenage girl writing in her diary, think again. Keeping a journal is an excellent way to deal with the difficulties of living with a mental health diagnosis. Regular journal-writing has been proven to be beneficial. Give yourself time […]

Do You Have Adult Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Many people associate attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with children, but many adults struggle with ADHD as well. ADHD typically starts in childhood, but the condition is often not medically recognized until the person becomes an adult. Symptoms for Adult ADHD can range from minimal to severe but often include: Impulsive actions Difficulty focusing on one […]

Going Cold Turkey

From an old American idiom referring to a straightforward, no-frills manner of speaking, ‘cold turkey’ has come to mean taking a similarly direct approach to addiction: simply stopping one’s use of drugs, alcohol, or any other addictive substance. This method can have lasting benefits but can also come with dangerous side effects and increased hazards […]

Asking if a Treatment Program Is a Good Fit for You

A person who is ready to enter a recovery program often wonders if they will be a good fit and what other people in the program may be like. Valiant Living is an excellent choice for those looking to enter sober living. Our variety of treatment options include medically supervised detoxification, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, […]

I Think I Have A Problem

Whether you’ve had a wake-up call in the form of an unsettling experience, been shaken by the recovery or overdose of someone close to you, or simply feel a growing sense that something is going wrong inside you, you must pay close attention to your feelings. You know yourself; if you think you might have […]