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The Importance of Looking After My Mental Health in Recovery

Olivia PennelleThe Recovery Village

Getting sober was one of the hardest things I’ve achieved in my life. What I didn’t expect was for it to reveal a long-standing history ... Read more
February 21st 2018
Olivia Pennelle
The Recovery Village

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5 Ways to Maintain Your Mental Health

Olivia PennelleThe Recovery Village

Mental illness can be debilitating and incredibly isolating. Not only do the conditions feel overwhelming, they can affect us so much that our relationships, physical ... Read more
February 8th 2018
Olivia Pennelle
The Recovery Village

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Staying Sane During the Holidays With Self-Care

Olivia PennelleMental Health, Sober Living

Recently, I asked a friend how she was going to stay sane during the holidays. She thought I was joking...
December 25th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Mental Health, Sober Living

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How to Enforce Boundaries in Triggering Holiday Situations

How to Enforce Boundaries in Triggering Holiday Situations

Olivia PennelleMental Health

The holidays can be an especially triggering time, causing us undue stress and draining our energy. We’re supposed to be relishing time with family and ... Read more
December 24th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Mental Health

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How to Cope with Relapse Risks Over the Holidays

Olivia PennelleRecovery, Sober Living

Living in recovery can be challenging — especially if you’re newly sober — because life is stressful...
December 18th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Recovery, Sober Living

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How to Handle Your First Sober Holiday Party

Olivia PennelleRecovery, Sober Living

I’ll never forget my first sober holiday party. I spent about two weeks talking about it with my sponsor...
December 15th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Recovery, Sober Living

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Sobriety in Social Circles: How to Answer When Friends Ask Why You’re Sober

Olivia PennelleSober Living

Getting sober can be one of the hardest challenges to overcome in life. Living sober can be just as challenging. We experience a new reality — everything looks and feels different...
December 10th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Sober Living

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How to Keep the Blues Away in Recovery

Olivia PennelleCo-occurring Disorders, Mental Health, Recovery

I believe depression led to my substance use disorder. It was only when I sought help for symptoms of addiction that I realized...
December 7th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Co-occurring Disorders, Mental Health, Recovery

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10 Ways to Support a Recovering Family Member

Olivia PennelleFamily, Recovery

When a loved one seeks treatment for a substance use disorder, it can be just the beginning of a lifelong journey. While you may witness ... Read more
November 17th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Family, Recovery