woman hiking on a sober Labor Day

How to Enjoy a Sober Labor Day

Each time we approach a drinking holiday, it’s important to have a relapse prevention plan in mind. Gatherings and events surrounding Labor Day often involve drinking but certainly do not have to. It’s a good idea to plan sober activities in advance so you have an excuse to turn down invites to high-risk situations that…

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How International Self-Care Day Supports Addiction Recovery

International Self-Care Day (ISD) is celebrated each year on July 24th. This is a day to focus on your well-being and promote healthy lifestyles, and an opportunity to raise awareness about concerns surrounding mental illness and addiction. If you or someone you love is struggling with a substance abuse disorder, this is a moment to…

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Staying Safe and Sober This 4th of July

Drinking holidays are an especially challenging time for those in recovery. You are often encouraged to place yourself in situations full of temptations for alcohol abuse. It’s important to be mindful about attending parties and other events that may have the potential to trigger a relapse. Fresh Start Recovery Center’s alcohol addiction treatment program teaches…

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Knowing the Dangers of Holiday Drinking on Cinco de Mayo

It’s no accident that Cinco de Mayo has one of the highest rates of fatal car accidents. Holidays can be complicated, especially those that encourage drinking as a social lubricant. Even though millions of Americans suffer from alcohol abuse, we have created a culture where drinking is prevalent at holiday gatherings. It can be difficult…

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3 Things to Include in a Relapse Prevention Plan

The potential of having a relapse is always present in the lives of individuals in recovery. It can happen to people who have been sober for years. Having a relapse prevention plan to fall back on can help you deal with that possibility. The presence of a relapse plan should be seen as a sign…

people binge drink at a bar on st patricks day

The Dangers of Binge Drinking on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is often celebrated with parades, festivals, and other occasions where drinking might occur. If you’re in recovery, you might have concerns about the upcoming holiday. Maybe your friends are planning to throw a party or meet at a bar, and you want to avoid relapse but still want to celebrate. There are…

men engage in heavy drinking during march madness

Can March Madness Lead to Heavy Drinking?

During March Madness, fans all around the country watch their favorite college basketball teams battle to the championship. People often make fun wagers with friends or colleagues about the outcome of the playoffs, and March Madness parties are common. While the NCAA doesn’t allow drinking in the arenas where the games are played, there’s nothing…