Living sober: Are romantic relationships in early recovery a good idea?

romantic relationships in early recovery

Valentine’s Day brings with it thoughts of love, but for those involved in romantic relationships in early recovery, such love can be a sobriety hazard. There’s a reason, after all, that drug and alcohol treatment programs, both of the professional and self-help variety, warn against romantic relationships in early recovery. And for those navigating those…

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Cornerstone’s Howard Bowlin reflects on (almost!) 41 years of sobriety

Howard Bowlin

The final six months of 1979 were some of the darkest of Howard Bowlin’s life. Today, the spiritual advisor, military veteran and retired Episcopal priest recalls them with the stoicism of a man who’s spent 40 years working a one-day-at-a-time program of acceptance and change. At Cornerstone of Recovery, the drug and alcohol treatment center…

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A sober New Year’s resolution: Keeping or breaking it can be beneficial

sober new year's resolution

You don’t have to be an alcoholic to make a sober New Year’s resolution, but if you’re struggling to get a handle on your drinking, it’s a good one to aim for. Resolutions are noble endeavors indeed, and they’re often made with the best of intentions. However, it’s important to understand that making a sober…

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Financial guru Jeff Sekinger discovers a new way of life through recovery

Jeff Sekinger

It’s a week before Christmas, and financial guru Jeff Sekinger marvels at how much has changed over the past three years. Now: He awakens in his Miami condo overlooking the water, spends a few minutes meditating outside on his balcony, checks the financial reports and gets to work on his two businesses — Zero Percent,…

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‘Tis the season for perseverance: Why are the holidays so hard?

why are the holidays so hard

It’s supposed to be a time of peace, joy and good will, but far too often, we find ourselves asking, “Why are the holidays so hard?” To be clear, a lot of people feel this way, and for good reason: “The holidays often present a dizzying array of demands — cooking meals, shopping, baking, cleaning…

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Tips on avoiding COVID fatigue and staying sober during the coronavirus

staying sober during the coronavirus

Staying sober during the coronavirus has been a challenge for eight months now, and while news of a possible vaccine development is cause for hope, we’re all so very tired. And for those of us in recovery from addiction or alcoholism, that can be dangerous territory. To be fair, it can be dangerous territory for…

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H.A.L.T.! In the name of your recovery, and hit the reset button


There’s an acronym recovering addicts hear early on: H.A.L.T. It stands for “Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired.” It’s a warning sign, our peers and predecessors tell us, that we need to watch out for. Addicts, especially those early in recovery, aren’t known for their stellar decision-making abilities. And when those abilities are hindered by hunger,…

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