Work or donate some of your time – being productive at your job or giving back to a cause you believe in will do wonders for your self-esteem. Making a positive contribution at work or for others will give you a wonderful sense of accomplishment and pride.
Join a support group -- whether you join a church-based group, AA or other social support networks, they can provide wonderful value, help and wisdom to your daily recovery efforts.
Support is the name of the game in recovery, so keep your eyes open and your ears tuned to people, places and things that are going to propel you into a sustained sober lifestyle and turn a blind eye to those groups that perpetuate the triggers, behaviors and enticements that throw roadblocks in front of your health and well-being.
Today in the US, 100 million people drink coffee every day with almost one-third drinking specialty beverages like lattes, cappuccinos and mochas at a cost of $18 billion a year. Of those who drink coffee, 60% say they must have a cup to start their day and 54% of the 100 million coffee drinkers say that coffee makes them feel "more like themselves."
How does caffeine affect our bodies?
Every April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month with their 2015 goal to educate America about these facts:
Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease
It is fatal, if left untreated
And it is genetically predisposed
The addiction disease model defines drug and alcohol addiction as a unique, irreversible and progressive disease that cannot be cured, but can be arrested through abstinence. There is significant neuroimaging evidence that, in certain individuals, each incidence of substance use chemically alters the brain causing them to become more dependent upon the substance. Consequently alcohol and drug addiction is now characterized as a chronic medical disease of the brain.
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