Peer Support

Peer Support

Articles that not only help support those in recovery, but offer resoltuion to any problems or issues that may be blocking you from growth.

A smile  is  contagious. We’ve all heard this phrase at some point in our  lives.  Well, the same goes for laughter. It is infectious and even  has  physical, mental and social health benefits. A good dose of laughter is proven to help relieve stress including the stress that can develop  during recovery. Laughter relaxes your body by relieving tension and  stress. The end results are relaxed muscles for at least an hour. Not  only can laughing relieve stress, it also gives the immune system a  boost by increasing immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. For  recovering addicts, the immune system boost can…
Coping with Stress in Recovery  Stress is simply a part of life that we can not ignore. When we get sober, coping with stress is one of the many life skills we get to work on. As recovering individuals, our lives are filled with change. The obvious dramatic transition we make into sobriety can make many of us feel overwhelmed and stressed out.   Some of us never learned how to deal with stressful situations in the first place.  For many of us, getting too overwhelmed only contributed to the problem. Whatever the case may be, coping with stress is a…
How to be a Better Friend Along with getting sober comes learning how to create and maintain healthy relationships. In our addiction, many of us lost the ability to relate with others.  We may have forgotten, or maybe we never really knew how to be a friend.  True friends should make us feel good about ourselves, and the same in return.  Friends are people you trust, those you feel completely comfortable around. The term friendship refers to a relationship that is more intense than an acquaintance.   This intimate connection involves trust, respect, love and compassion.   According to the great English novelist, George Elliot, “Friendship…
“Where Am I Today? What Do My Actions Say?” In working with people who are new in recovery, it is important to realize that our greatest asset – can also be our greatest downfall if we are not diligent in our own recovery. Our greatest asset is actually NOT our experience, strength and hope. We can share our experience, strength and hope and yet, be doing absolutely NOTHING to develop our spiritual growth, or if you will, “our own recovery”. Even more dangerous is that we may do our “song and dance” SO LONG that even “we” can no longer…
One of the most important issues for those early in recovery will be the need for a sponsor. While some new alumni will secure a sponsor within the alumni community right way, others may not. In many cases the only place they may feel comfortable asking questions regarding this matter will be at alumni meetings and in speaking with members of the Alumni Program. In essence of this, we have put together both a question and answer sheet regarding sponsorship, as well as a do(s) and do not(s) list for obtaining a sponsor, that you are encouraged to print out for personal use. Sponsorship…
Relapse Prevention & Intervention: Addressing the Issue of Relapse If you are in relapse or contemplating relapse, you can call our helpline at any time for support at:  1-877-97-LIVES (1-877-975-4837) In early recovery, one of the biggest issues is one that is often surrounded by misinformation. An example is the belief that exterior things in life cause relapse, such as: having or losing a home; having or losing a job; having or losing money; etc. Another example is the reaction from others when someone has a relapse.   There are those who then avoid that person, even when they are back in their meetings.  People do this because they fear the relapse rubbing off on them or the relapsed…
5 Actions of Recovery: Big Book, Sponsor, Meetings, Steps and Prayer “To the exact degree that I take these actions, is the degree by which I will receive the benefits of them – up to and including on-going sobriety and quality of life.” It is not just that I have read my Big Book… but rather am I using it as a TEXT to look for my problems and the solutions offered for them. It is not just that I can name a sponsor or that I even talk to my sponsor…rather am I being honest with my sponsor? Am…
Important Alumni Meeting Information and Guidelines Over the course of time in Alumni Sponsored Meetings we have had occasional instances of inappropriate language and behavior ~ and I stress “occasional”, as it has been the exception and NOT the rule. However due to this we have put together a basic protocol and purpose with regards to alumni meetings and alumni responsibilities. If you have ANY questions or wish to discuss any of our guidelines, please call Rebecca Balko at 877-416-9566 Ext. 38045 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. What is the Purpose of Alumni sponsored meetings? Alumni sponsored meetings are simply to…
When starting the journey of recovery there are different obstacles to overcome. One of these is the issue of Social Challenges: Navigating how to talk to and get to know new people and how to become a part of a group or fellowship. These challenges are hard enough for the average person, but add to that doing this “clean and sober” – this can be a large feat even for the most socially geared among us. The early days of meeting people, speaking in front of people, making new friends, etc…can range from mildly uncomfortable to extraordinarily overwhelming. The following…
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