Recovery Addiction Blog

Recovery is Possible Blog

The articles in this blog are for individuals seeking treatment, already receiving services and those in recovery as well as their family members. Written by members of the Pine Rest staff and Retreat Center alumni, topics will include everything from warning signs of a substance use disorder to tools for living in recovery.

  • A Patient’s Story of Recovery: Meet Nikki

    A Patient’s Story of Recovery: Meet Nikki

    My drinking began early in my teenage years. By the time I was 20, I knew I didn’t drink like most people. I remained functional and managed to graduate from nursing school. When my brother committed suicide in 2010, my…

  • Tips for Avoiding a Holiday Relapse

    Tips for Avoiding a Holiday Relapse
    The holiday season may be a difficult time for those in recovery. Spreading yourself too thin, high expectations and fatigue can all lead to feelings of being overwhelmed. Stress can also increase with all of the additional activities and time...
  • From the Sober Kitchen: Holiday Food and Families

    From the Sober Kitchen: Holiday Food and Families

    I remember saying in my first year of recovery, “For this holiday season, I am actually going to cook Christmas dinner for my family for the first time in a long time!” The truth was; I cared more about my serenity. It turned out well, and the family was grateful for the meal and time spent together.


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“How do we HALT self-destructive behaviors? One way is to routinely monitor and take care of four aspects of our lives – Hunger/Hurt, Angry, Lonely, Tired – which can be remembered using the acronym H.A.L.T.” – Jean Holthaus, LISW, “Putting a HALT to our Self-Destructive Behaviors”

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