H.A.L.T.: The Relapse Prevention Tool

HALT The Relapse Prevention Tool

Recovery from addiction is a lifelong process, and whether you are a few months or a few years clean, are looking to return to recovery, or you’re just considering whether you could benefit from some assistance, FHE Health has simple tools that can help you avoid relapse while making healthy decisions with beneficial outcomes. One of those tools is the helpful… Read More

Step 8 of AA: Making a List for Amends

Step 8: Making a List of Amends

Step 8 of AA is primarily about forgiveness — making peace with others and yourself. Stepping back from a life of alcoholism and seeing all the damage you caused can be devastating. This is a key moment, when you’ll finally be coming to terms with the what’s salvageable in your life, even if those things are no longer… Read More

Step 12 of AA: Sharing Your Spiritual Awakening With Others

Step 12 - Sharing Your Spiritual Awakening With Others

What Is the 12-Step Program? Originally described in a book called Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism (1939), the 12-step program consists of a set of precepts guiding substance abusers towards achieving a sober life. Some of these precepts include admitting you have an addiction, counseling others who suffer from addictions… Read More

Obstacles for Men in Recovery

Obstacles for Men in Recovery

In early recovery, men face multiple challenges and barriers that may interfere with them from getting the help they need. Cultural expectations and societal pressures leave the impression that men are to assume the role of being strong, fearless, and in control. These unhealthy and unrealistic expectations produce the ideology that “being a man” means you do not… Read More

Helpful Parenting Tips for Dads in Early Recovery: How to Reconnect with Your Child After Rehab

How to reconnect with your children after rehab

Leaving behind addiction and entering the world of sobriety is a unique experience. The truth of the thoughts, feelings, justifications and activities maintained during the height of addiction become clear as the fog lifts, leaving many people with a new and often harsh perspective on life. The toxicity of habits and choices made while suffering from a substance… Read More

Step 11 of A.A.: How to Deepen Your Connection with a Higher Power

Step 11: How to Deepen your connection with a higher power

In Step 10 the 12 steps of programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, you’re taught the value of looking internally and trying to react to the world with grace and humility. This makes Step 11 a natural next phase in recovery. After finding the grace to admit your wrongs, this motif of humility continues as you embrace… Read More

Step 10 of A.A.: Tips for Taking a Continued Personal Inventory

Step 10 - Continuing to take a personal inventory

Those who are working the 12-Step program know that each step is quite valuable. In Step 9, you worked through the process of making amends. When you’re working Step 10, you focus on taking a personal inventory. Step 10 is significantly different than the other steps because you’re now in the “living” phase. What Is Step 10 of the… Read More

Step 7 – Removing Our Defects: The Ask That Takes Guts

Step 7 - Removing our Defects the Ask that takes guts

Step 7 of AA is about committing to a new way of living. It doesn’t mean changing fundamentally who you are: you have a personality, spirit, and history that is uniquely you, and getting sober doesn’t change that. In fact, working through the 12 steps and seeking a drug- or alcohol-free lifestyle helps you live a life that… Read More

Life After Mental Health Treatment: Will You Have to Take Medication Forever?

Life After Mental Health Treatment - Will You Have to Take Medication Forever

Tens of millions of Americans suffer from some type of mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Of those, approximately one in six adults takes psychiatric drugs. Medications are often given to help reduce symptoms and prevent relapses of a psychiatric disorder, so they play an important part in the overall treatment and rehab of those… Read More

Step 6: Addressing Character Defects

How step 6 addresses character defects

Embracing change means making commitments to yourself to rid your life of your defects and faults. In the 12-Step Program, Step 6 focuses on this key topic. What Is Step 6 of the 12 Steps? Are you ready for a change? It seems like a simple statement, but Step 6 of AA asks you to do more. It reads,… Read More