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The dangerous effects of isolation (from a former Isolation Queen)

When you’ve had a tough day, few things are more delicious than curling up with your dog, putting your TV streaming option on auto-play, and shutting out the rest of the world. Whether you call it downtime, alone time or “me” time, we all need time to decompress away from the rest of society. The …

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Celebrating 20 years in recovery: How I stay sober

When I celebrated my first year of sobriety on July 23, 2000, members of my recovery group let me in on a little secret. They said when I had first come in, they had voted me least likely to succeed. They may have even put money on it (it was Brooklyn, after all). Instead of …

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Is relapse part of recovery? (HINT: Doesn’t have to be)

When we learn to drive a car, the instructor tells us about the pedals, gears, that impossible thing called parallel parking, and loads of other stuff. But not once do I recall the driving instructor telling me that getting in a crash was part of the driving process. Yet that’s exactly the same kind of …

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Living in the moment: Habit learned from dogs

I fell in love with dogs about six years into my recovery, and I’ve never been the same since. The more I loved them, the more I learned from them. One of the greatest lessons my dogs continue to teach me is how to live in the moment. Check out how this works in this …

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Do you give yourself permission to be happy?

When things are making you happy, do you let them? Or do you block out the joy because it makes you feel guilty, undeserving or just plain wrong. I used to block out the joy, but I found a way to fix it. It’s all right here, in my first vlog EVER: The Rynski 3-Minute …