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Always Recovering, Never Recovered

Megan LawrenceAddiction / Recovery Stories, Sober Living

I have been recovering for a little over two years now, and I never plan to stop. In fact, I will never be done recovering...
October 9th 2017
Megan Lawrence
Addiction / Recovery Stories, Sober Living

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A Shift in Perspective: Celebrate Recovery Instead of Shaming 'Defective Behavior'

A Shift in Perspective: Celebrate Recovery Instead of Shaming ‘Defective Behavior’

Olivia PennelleSober Living

I recoiled in horror at my first step five—where we share an inventory of harms, resentments, sexual misconduct, and fears—and was devastated by the endless list of defective thinking that my sponsor had pointed out.
October 5th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Sober Living

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Can Physical Illness Affect You Mentally?

Can Physical Illness Affect You Mentally?

Olivia PennelleHealth and Medical, Sober Living

Do you ever feel like you aren’t entirely sure whether you’re physically sick or experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety? Or both?
September 29th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Health and Medical, Sober Living

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How Moving Continents Strengthened My Recovery

How Moving Continents Strengthened My Recovery

Olivia PennelleRecovery, Sober Living

The prospect of moving continent terrified me—even though I was the one who decided to do it.
September 27th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Recovery, Sober Living

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Addiction recovery

5 Strategies for Staying Sober When Traveling

The Recovery VillageSober Living

Remaining in healthy recovery can be challenging even within your normal routine. Travel can make recovery more challenging still. You can enjoy travel while still ... Read more
September 25th 2017
The Recovery Village
Sober Living

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How Getting Sober Revealed My Creative Talents

How Getting Sober Revealed My Creative Talents

Olivia PennelleRecovery, Sober Living

People often describe getting sober as having an awakening-type effect—spiritual or otherwise. I felt like I had a brand new lens to view life; there was suddenly clarity
September 23rd 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Recovery, Sober Living

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Using Technology to Stay Sober

Using Technology to Stay Sober

The Recovery VillageRecovery, Sober Living

Technology is neither inherently good or evil. It is a tool that can be used for good or bad purposes. The same technology that can ... Read more
September 13th 2017
The Recovery Village
Recovery, Sober Living

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How I Define My Boundaries and Develop Self-Esteem

How I Define My Boundaries and Develop Self-Esteem

Olivia PennelleAddiction / Recovery Stories, Sober Living

When I got sober, I had no idea what a boundary was—other than a state line, or the dividing line of a country.
August 5th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Addiction / Recovery Stories, Sober Living

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7 Tips For Making The Most Of A Sober Vacation

7 Tips For Making The Most Of A Sober Vacation

The Recovery VillageRecovery, Sober Living

Vacations are known as a time to unwind, to relax and let go of the stressors of everyday life. For many people, this may mean kicking back on the beach...
August 4th 2017
The Recovery Village
Recovery, Sober Living

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Dealing With Family Members Who Don't Think Addiction Is a Disease

Dealing With Family Members Who Don’t Think Addiction Is a Disease

Olivia PennelleFamily, Sober Living

I am the daughter of two alcoholic parents—one in recovery and one not. I started showing signs of addiction in my teens. Yet, I still have conversations with family members who think that addiction is a choice.
July 31st 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Family, Sober Living