By Michael Osborne, CADC II

This post originally appeared in different form on the Ria Health Blog. Ria Health offers flexible treatment for alcohol use disorder from a smartphone app.

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coffee, books, and blanket on chair
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When you’re in recovery from alcohol use disorder — or any other major life challenge — self-care is essential. But, since it’s normal to struggle to prioritize one’s physical and mental health when facing addiction, self-care in recovery tends to be a learning curve. Not only do people need to unlearn unhealthy reactions, they also need to learn new self-care strategies for the future.

Establishing new habits can feel intimidating…


By Rachael Goldstein

two pairs of boots, walking together in the forest
two pairs of boots, walking together in the forest
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Coming to the realization that I had a problem with drugs and alcohol was difficult for me to acknowledge. I started drinking and using drugs at a very early age, and it all just seemed so normal. Everyone I knew was doing it. I don’t know exactly when things changed — when drinking went from fun to disastrous.

I don’t think there’s one specific moment that it happened, just a lot of small moments over the course of almost a decade. The first time I blacked out. The first time I ended up in the back of…


6 Tips From a Recovery Coach

By Michael Osborne, CADC II

Hand on window, looking out over a rainy day, grayscale
Hand on window, looking out over a rainy day, grayscale
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Long-term recovery from any addiction often means building a new toolkit for dealing with daily challenges. And for the newly sober, some of the most overwhelming can be the negative thoughts and emotions that pop up as we go through our lives. These feelings are inevitable, but for many people sobriety is the first time in years they’ve been dealing with such emotions without alcohol.

If you’re in recovery, here are some effective ways to manage negative thoughts and emotions, get a handle on these powerful drinking triggers, and maintain your progress over time.

Negative Emotions In Recovery

Everyone…


And Why It Was The Hardest Change I’ve Ever Made

By David Belenky

man standing in forest at the divergence of two paths
man standing in forest at the divergence of two paths
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I’ve always been an anxious person. Never one to handle stress well, I get easily overwhelmed, and when someone tells me to “take a deep breath,” I immediately go into an arresting state of panic. I am also a desperate people-pleaser. I want so badly for people to tell me that I’m ‘good’ or ‘special’ enough to justify a spot on this planet. Coupled with some wicked genetics, there was no way that Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) wasn’t going to dig its claws into me.

Most people that share all these varying qualities find alcohol to be…


This post originally appeared in different form on the Ria Health Blog. Ria Health offers flexible treatment for alcohol use disorder from a smartphone app.

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cup next to a computer while a person multitasks
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Ever feel like reaching for a glass of wine during a stressful workday? While this might normally be impossible, COVID-19 has meant more and more of us are working from home. And without the prying eyes of a supervisor, many Americans have begun having a drink, or three, on the job.

In fact, according to one recent survey, more than 4 out of 5 people drank at least twice a week while working at home…


This post originally appeared in different form on the Ria Health Blog. Ria Health offers flexible treatment for alcohol use disorder from a smartphone app.

Businessperson carrying briefcase, looking sharp
Businessperson carrying briefcase, looking sharp
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To many people, the stereotypical alcoholic is someone often visibly drunk or hungover. This person struggles with jobs, finances, and relationships, and engages in risky behavior. It’s clear to most people they encounter that they have a problem.

But there have always been people who struggle with alcohol and don’t fit this stereotype. Some individuals are seemingly able to drink excessively while appearing sober or “normal” to others. They maintain jobs and relationships, and may…


This post originally appeared in different form on the Ria Health Blog. Ria Health offers flexible treatment for alcohol use disorder from a smartphone app.

two men in different clothing talking
two men in different clothing talking
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Most of us have heard the terms “introvert” and “extrovert,” and many of us have some idea where we fall on the spectrum. These two personality traits — often traced back to Carl Jung’s research in the early 20th century — describe whether we feel drained or energized when we’re around others. This can say a lot about our social preferences, and even how we express ourselves. …


By Bruce Hodges

This post originally appeared on the Ria Health Blog. Ria Health offers flexible treatment for alcohol use disorder from a smartphone app.

Woman sitting on the floor by a window, looking glum.
Woman sitting on the floor by a window, looking glum.
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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 era, we’ve heard warnings about the perils of drinking in isolation. And it’s true that, stuck at home, many people have been filling their time with alcohol. But through all the pandemic-related self-confinement, what is a person supposed to do? Never drink again? Does having a few cocktails by yourself make you an alcoholic? Why do we drink alone? And above all, what should we do about it?

Drinking As a Social Habit

For…


Katie Lain Goyatton of Embody Daily and Ria Health shares some telltale signs of alcohol addiction from her own journey.

woman drinking from bottle at sunset
woman drinking from bottle at sunset
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I’d venture to say that most people who drink alcohol have had at least one experience where they drank more than planned. This can happen even with the best intentions: One drink turns into two, then three, and then the numbers begin to blur, logic and inhibitions get relinquished, and you wake up hungover, piecing together the night before. Did you offend anyone? Why did you drink so much? Do you even remember everything?

It’s not necessarily a big warning…


Claudia Christian discusses her first full year without alcohol

This post originally appeared on the Ria Health Blog in late 2019. Ria Health offers flexible treatment for alcohol misuse from a smartphone app.

Woman holding a bouquet of flowers over her shoulder
Woman holding a bouquet of flowers over her shoulder

I know how daunting it can be to read stories about the “profound enlightenment” people find with abstinence. I too have cringed at the “rainbow and fairy tales” of how life is perfect and rosy all of the time when one finally quits alcohol. However — and this is a big however — a lot of it is true.

After a long journey — including many successful…

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