There’s a popular belief that some people have what is known as an addictive personality. Maybe they go from one obsessive hobby to another or maybe they quit drinking only to become addicted to exercise, religion, or food. Although addiction … Read More
The Tree House Recovery Addiction Blog is a made up of contributors from our Staff and other leaders in the addiction treatment field. Our blog is a resource for men struggling with addiction and the family members and friends who want to help. We write to educate, empower and inspire men with drug and alcohol addictions and show them that a sober-happy life is attainable and sustainable.
3 Tips for Making Sober Friends
Having a strong sober network is one of the most important parts of recovery. A sober network provides extra emotional backing and resources when things are tough, as fellow recovering addicts and/or alcoholics tend to understand what you are going … Read More
How to Sleep Better in Recovery
Getting enough quality sleep is one of the most important lifestyle changes you can make when recovering from addiction. Studies have shown that lack of sleep significantly increases your risk for mental health issues such as major depression, anxiety disorders, … Read More
3 Good Things That Happen When You Stop Drinking
The decision to stop drinking is hard for many people. They may have some good reasons to quit but alcohol may be their only coping mechanism. Or alcohol may be central to how they relate to others or have fun. … Read More
Recovery Challenges for People in Rural Areas
If you look at a map of the areas hardest hit by opioids and meth, it’s immediately obvious that addiction is a problem that disproportionately affects rural areas. This may surprise many people, since addiction is a stereotypically urban problem. … Read More
Tips for Avoiding Addiction After Surgery
One of the most common ways people are first exposed to opioids is following surgery or other medical procedures. During the 1990s and 2000s, many doctors were far too liberal with prescribing opioid painkillers. About a third of men who … Read More
Finding Time for Self-Care
Self-care is an important part of addiction recovery. In a way, you could say that everything you do as part of your recovery plan is a form of self-care. It includes going to the gym, eating right, getting plenty of … Read More
Should Al-Anon Be Part of Your Recovery Plan?
Typically, joining a 12-step program like AA or NA is one of the first things people think of when they want to get sober. These programs are well known and widely available. Many people will need more intensive treatment, including … Read More
When Does College Drinking Become a Problem?
Alcohol has long been part of the culture of colleges and universities in the US. College students drink more than their non-matriculating peers, especially students involved in Greek life. Many students take a work-hard-play-hard approach to classes, studying hard during … Read More
How to Break Through a Recovery Plateau
The early weeks and months of addiction recovery are challenging but also rewarding. It’s hard to get used to living without drugs and alcohol but you will also probably feel better physically and feel happier while connecting to others in … Read More