Category Name: Early Recovery

Understanding Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP)

mindfulness-based relapse prevention

Addiction is a chronic and progressive disease that worsens over time and must be managed long-term. Without managing your substance use disorder, you could experience a relapse. According to the National Institutes of Health, the addiction relapse rate is between 40 to 60%.[1] Because it is common to relapse when recovering from an addiction, drug […]

Why Do Addicts Relapse When Things Are Good?

why do addicts relapse when things are good

After several challenging, transformative months, your loved one finally did it. They got sober, found a job, attended meetings, and felt confident in themselves, but then they pick up drugs or alcohol again, and you’re left wondering exactly what went wrong. It happens all the time. People get sober, get things back in life, and […]

How to Create a Relapse Prevention Plan

creating a relapse prevention plan

Addiction is a chronic and progressive disease that can affect every area of your life. Unfortunately, substance use disorders are fairly common in the United States. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “10 percent of US adults have drug use disorder at some point in their lives.”[1] Because addiction is a chronic disease, […]

Road to Recovery Program for Men

road to recovery program for men

Addiction is a difficult disease to overcome—especially on your own. With the help of a team of professionals, though, it’s possible to not only stop using but also live a happy and fulfilling life. By making the decision to seek help, you’ve already begun your journey of sobriety. The next step is getting enrolled in […]

Suboxone vs. Vivitrol vs. Sublocade: Difference Between, Uses, Administration, & More

difference between suboxone, vivitrol, and sublocade

Choosing between Suboxone, Vivitrol, and Sublocade medication may be an important piece of a client’s opiate addiction recovery. Physical cravings and withdrawals are a major burden on the journey to sobriety.  Medications help to control and stabilize a client’s biology back to a healthy state. Both medications are used to eliminate addiction on a chemical […]

Recovery Month with a Next Step Twist: Celebrating “Discovery” Month

celebrating discovery month

5 Ways Sobriety Makes Life Better Than Ever This month marks the 30th anniversary of Recovery Month, which is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to raise awareness about the millions of people living in recovery and the millions more in need of treatment. This national public health campaign is […]

Exploring the River of Addiction: A Metaphor for Recovery

exploring the river of addiction

Dear Friend, As the temperatures climb into the 90s, many of us in Asheville are looking for ways to stay cool. At Next Step Recovery, one of our favorite ways is to grab a raft, inner tube, kayak, or canoe and spend a few hours in a mountain river going with the flow or running […]

13 Ways to Enhance The Addiction Recovery Process: From an Addictions Specialist

13 ways to enhance the addiction recovery process

Dear Friend, Next Step Recovery recently celebrated its 13th birthday as an organization. In the spirit of celebration, we have compiled a list of 13 tools and methods that can be useful in enhancing and sustaining the recovery process. 1. Gratitude Gratitude is often the catalyst for cultivating feelings of happiness, serenity, and peace. Gratitude […]

When Parents Relapse: Why Whole-Family Recovery Is Crucial

parents relapse

Dear Friend, You may have heard that relapse is part of the recovery process. In our last newsletter, we explored how relapse may be part of someone’s recovery journey and also why relapse doesn’t have to be a given, especially when the right support system and structure is in place, like we provide here at […]

When Helping Hurts: Breaking the Chains of Codependency to Help Your Son Thrive

breaking the chains of codependency to help your son thrive

You’ve gotten your son through detox. He’s completed his inpatient treatment. Now you’ve found him a safe and sober place to live, maybe even one that includes lots of structure and support like we have here at Next Step Recovery. He’s going to 12-step meetings, he’s looking for work or thinking about going back to school, […]