How Emotional Sobriety Played a Role In My Recovery

How Emotional Sobriety Played a Role In My Recovery

The benefits of emotional sobriety     It’s no secret that every addict struggles with the foundational inability to shift our thinking and successfully process emotion. The common theme for my upbringing was complete and utter avoidance. If I didn’t like the way I was feeling or the way a relationship was unfolding, I’d avoid […]

How to Deal With the Guilt of Your Past In Recovery

How to Deal With the Guilt of Your Past In Recovery

Overcoming the guilt of your past in recovery     When you’re in early recovery, there are so many things to worry about. You’re battling physical symptoms along with constant cravings. You barely have time for guilt. But once the physical symptoms subside and you get a small handle on cravings, it’s as if you […]

Why Addiction Doesn’t Define You

Why Addiction Doesn’t Define You

You are not your addiction       Not long ago, anyone who found themselves addicted to drugs would become an instant social outcast. They were labeled as derelicts without any drive or ambition.   People saw their manipulative behaviors as part of their personalities instead of what they really are: part of a disease. […]

How to Throw a Wicked Substance-Free Halloween Party

How to Throw a Wicked Substance-Free Halloween Party

Want to throw a sober Halloween party?   It may seem like adult Halloween celebrations are all centered around booze, but Halloween is actually the perfect time to throw a great substance-free party because there are so many fun ideas you can do. With all the great food, punch, themes and activity ideas for Halloween, […]

The Benefits of Peer Coaching and a Support Network

The Benefits of Peer Coaching and a Support Network

Peer coaching and a support network help in recovery         Anyone who is about to embark on a long and difficult journey would benefit from some moral support. Recovering addicts are no exception.     People who are recovering from substance abuse struggle with temptation and withdrawal symptoms daily. It helps to […]

Goodbye letter to my addiction #2

Goodbye letter to my addiction #2

Saying goodbye to my addiction   Today, we have a special guest post from Danielle who has written a goodbye letter to her addiction. If you would like to share your goodbye letter to your addiction, you can send it to wfoley@ascent.org Dear Addiction,     It started out as fun, my weekend companion, I […]

How Social Media is Aiding Recovery

How Social Media is Aiding Recovery

Social Media’s Impact on Recovery         As ubiquitous as it has become on the cultural landscape, the narrative surrounding social media is not always positive. A large part of the issue is that social media can so easily be weaponized. There have been numerous news reports about teens getting bullied on social […]

The Key to Finding a Job After Rehab

The Key to Finding a Job After Rehab

What is the key to finding a job after rehab?         It’s often said that getting sober is the easiest part of the recovery process. By comparison, staying sober is what takes the most effort.     Fortunately, addiction treatment programs help individuals to learn the skills and strategies that are required […]

Meet Us at She Recovers in NYC

Meet Us at She Recovers in NYC

The event that women from all over have been anxiously waiting for is almost here. She Recovers is an event taking place in New York City from May 5 – 7, 2017. The name is pretty self-explanatory, but for anyone not familiar with the organization, She Recovers hosts events and workshops for women in recovery […]

The Importance of Self Care

The Importance of Self Care

Why it is important to prioritize self-care       It is so easy in the fast paced modern society that we live in to forget to stop, breath, and take care of ourselves. We can get so caught up in the daily goings on, the schedules, and the obligations that we completely neglect the […]

The Dangers that Synthetic Opioids Pose

The Dangers that Synthetic Opioids Pose

Opioid abuse and the dangerous epidemic       It is no secret that synthetic opioids have become a huge problem in this country, to the point where President Obama has addressed the issue in an attempt to raise awareness among the population about the potential epidemic that we have on our hands. He has […]

Can addiction really lead to this?

Can addiction really lead to this?

Addiction and its Effect on Suicide   Addiction and suicide sometimes, unfortunately, goes hand and hand. A person caught in the depths of addiction can often times see no way out and as a result, believe that their only option is to commit suicide. This is always an extremely sad thing to hear, not only […]

September is National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month

The Importance of National Recovery Month     September 1st marks the beginning of the 27th National Recovery Month. National Recovery Month is intended as a month to educate the American population on the benefits that substance abuse treatment and other mental health services can offer to those struggling with substance abuse problems or mental […]

How Stigma Affects Recovery

How Stigma Affects Recovery

The stigma of addiction and mental illness   As far as we’ve come as a society in our understanding of addiction there is still an overarching societal stigma that comes with being an addict or an alcoholic. The pervasive thought being that addicts and alcoholics are some shadowy figures lurking around the corner ready to […]

Ascent app recovery coach profile: Chris Hall

Ascent app recovery coach profile: Chris Hall

The story of recovery coach: Chris Hall As Ascent continues to grow and expand to new treatment centers, we are constantly reminded just how invaluable our coaches and support team are. Without recovery coaches and supervisors being accessible 24/7/365, Ascent wouldn’t be what it is. These coaches make it possible for people in recovery to […]

A Goodbye Letter To My Addiction

A Goodbye Letter To My Addiction

Goodbye, addiction…   Many of us would love to write a goodbye letter to our addictions. It’s a good exercise to voice how addiction made you feel and how you feel now that you are in recovery. And if you are still trying to find recovery, well then, it’s a great way to start that […]

Before You Decide

Before You Decide

Today, we are featuring a blog by a guest reader named Lindsey on suicide and her experiences.       Dear Reader,   I don’t know what you’re struggling with, what has brought you to this point, but I hope you will take a minute to read this..   I know where you’re at, the […]

The Impact of the National Rx Drug Summit

The Impact of the National Rx Drug Summit

This year’s National Rx Drug Summit in Atlanta kicked off on March 28th and goes through March 31st. The Summit is the largest collaboration of professionals in the nation from all different industries impacted by Rx drug abuse. The event was organized by Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers and consisted of some powerful panels.   One […]

9 Reasons Why Mental Health Is So Important

9 Reasons Why Mental Health Is So Important

  Mental illnesses are prevalent in the world today and can lead to a variety of other conditions. Despite the efforts of many organizations to create awareness about mental illnesses and the importance of mental health, there still seems to be a lack of knowledge on the subject for many. In order to better explain […]