The Pros and Cons of Being at Home in Recovery

The Pros and Cons of Being at Home in Recovery

Staying at home during your recovery is a mixed bag. If you have decided to consider rehab at all, then odds are that steroid addiction has left you tired, beat up and strung out. It is no wonder that, when a recovering steroid addict is struggling, he may seek relief in the most familiar place of all, drugs. In times like these, you must remember your first priority, your health. Addiction is a...

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Giving Back: Finding Healing in Helping Others

Giving Back: Finding Healing in Helping Others

The Golden Rule has long been seen as an altruistic behavioral model. Turns out, the person we serve the most when serving “others” is ourselves. Even when selfishly motivated, studies show that giving back improves health, happiness, and in some cases, longevity, according to an article published by U.S. News[1]. Furthermore, people who volunteer tend to have higher self-esteem,...

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4 Unexpected Life Benefits of Becoming Sober

4 Unexpected Life Benefits of Becoming Sober

Getting sober from steroids is difficult, but that does not mean that recovery is all work and no play. In fact, living free of the chaos and destruction of addiction makes it possible to live dynamically with purpose, joy and peace. Unexpected benefits abound when you quit drugs, so, to learn about four specific perks you can expect from steroid addiction recovery, read on. Payoff #1: Having...

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Three Ways to Make Your Sobriety Your Priority

Three Ways to Make Your Sobriety Your Priority

Getting sober is cause for celebration. Once the chaos of active addiction begins to fade, clearing away the haze of preoccupation with using steroids, life comes back into focus. Many people in recovery say that once they passed through detoxification — the process by which the body rids itself of toxic chemicals inflicted by drug use — the world seems bigger, brighter and better. Against...

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Self-Image and Recovery

Self-Image and Recovery

Psychology Today defines low self-esteem as a substandard evaluation or a disappointing appraisal of one’s own self-worth. Self-esteem, or a person’s self-image, forms at an early age, and it stays with an individual throughout her life. Parents, grandparents, extended family members, educators and any other person who is a regular part of a child’s life influences self-image, so a child...

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How Each Person’s Recovery from Steroids Is Unique

How Each Person’s Recovery from Steroids Is Unique

American culture and media can cause individuals to experience negative body image, as well as  unrealistic physical expectations. Unhealthy and unfeasible body types have led to eating disorders, surgical extremes and drug use in both men and women. Steroid use often begins as a result of self-image problems or out of the desire to gain an edge in increasingly competitive athletic arenas. While...

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Early Sobriety: Getting Past Your Ego to Rely on Support

Early Sobriety: Getting Past Your Ego to Rely on Support

Pride is a big pitfall for addicts, because people want what they want when they want it, which is the hallmark of long-term drug abuse. To stay sober, addicts must cut their egos down to size, learn to lean on other people for support and acknowledge their weaknesses. Shame and Your Ego Your ego is that part of your mind and heart that cultivates a sense of your self-importance. In recovery,...

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Facing Shame in Your Recovery

Facing Shame in Your Recovery

Addiction destroys everything in its path, including self-esteem. By the time many people succumb to physical and psychological dependence on steroids, they have often suffered humiliation both publicly and privately: guilt and shame burden their psyches and a chorus of negative voices acts on an emotional level, so addicts may develop negative, self-defeating thought patterns. Silencing these...

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4 Signs that Your Sobriety Is Making You a Better Person

4 Signs that Your Sobriety Is Making You a Better Person

Recovery is a long-term proposition. Every day that you choose not to use steroids or other mood-altering substances, life becomes richer and more meaningful. But that does not mean sobriety is a bed of roses. Staying in the present moment instead of numbing out, shouldering responsibility for your choices, and coping with stress in positive ways takes effort. In the early days of sobriety, this...

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Five Ways to Use Mindfulness to Sustain Recovery

Five Ways to Use Mindfulness to Sustain Recovery

Mindfulness refers to a state of mind that originated from a wide range of ancient Eastern philosophies like Buddhism, Toga and Taoism. As described by Jon Kabat-Zinn, the professor and developer of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, mindfulness is “paying attention, intentionally.” It is being aware in the present moment, and in a non-judgmental manner. Mindfulness is about “conscious...

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