It has not been an easy road getting here. After many attempts at staying sober, losing everything I ever cared about and loved, including my children and my marriage, I finally gained enough of what I now know is humility to work an honest program of recovery. I needed the humility to throw away my old ways of thinking and commit to keeping an open mind while working through the 12 steps. I came back to AA after an 8-year relapse, broken and hating myself. With this commitment I learned about my old coping skills and the “nature” of my wrongs and how they were truly blocking me from any spiritual relationship.
Hello, my name is Mallory and I am a recovered drug addict and alcoholic. When I came to Renascent in November of 2019, I was completely hopeless. Through my addiction I had lost my job, my home, my children, and my husband. My husband had been arrested; that was the straw that broke the camel’s … Continued
Family is something that we all have…some good and some not so much! When you are dealing with a dysfunctional family as a child, you can take one a role in order to survive. Here are four of the roles that children take on to cope and deal with the negative and unhealthy family environment. … Continued
My name is Jay, I’m an alcoholic and an addict. I’m an alumni of Renascent; I went through in 2013 and in 2015 — yeah, slow learner. But I’m here today just to share quickly with you about the family dynamic. Family Day is right around the corner here, and you know, when I was … Continued
Wherever you are in your recovery journey, the holidays can be a tough, triggering time, and this year it’s even more complicated by COVID-19. Some of us will be spending the holidays alone, others might be feeling pressured into attending family gatherings. This 2020 Holiday Survival Guide is here to remind you that millions of … Continued
While we’re all following the guidance from public health officials and staying home this Thanksgiving weekend, it’s time to find creative ways to share gratitude and stay connected. Not being able to gather with other households is an opportunity to create some new Thanksgiving traditions that let us share gratitude with loved ones while keeping … Continued
I attempted outpatient counselling and therapy before checking myself into my first treatment centre in 2008. I had a wonderful experience, met incredible people, and still have fond memories and connections. After a very short time back at home (72 hours), I relapsed, and remained in active addiction until my second treatment stay in 2009.
If you have a spare moment today, use it to create a self-care action plan based on your needs and desires. Too often, self-care gets described as a face mask and a glass of wine. The truth is, self-care is the combination of healthy activities you can do to reduce your stress, improve your mood, … Continued
This coming July 24th is International Self-Care Day, making this the perfect time to check in on your own self-care and assess if there is room for improvement. Too often, self-care gets described as a face mask and a glass of wine. The truth is, self-care is the combination of healthy activities you can do … Continued
Transforming unhelpful ways of living is different for everyone. For one person, a commitment to not work so many hours a week may be the key to restoring harmony in his life and relationships. For another, the answer may lie in her reducing the inordinate amount of time wasted texting, tweeting or Facebook surfing instead of engaging in authentic face-to-face interactions. If we can begin by allocating even 5-10 minutes a day to fuel our mind with a healthier stillness diet, it will do wonders in no time – not only in how we feel, but in how our brain gets rewired … and our priorities too.