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Who needs daily recovery support to overcome big problems? Guess what, we all do. And that's why a safe haven where you can relax and explore at your own pace is a lifesaver no matter where you are on your recovery journey. Daily support helps us slow down, appreciate every day, and turn the corner. So, if something in your life needs a change only you can make, you're in the right place. Take a deep breath. It's going to be OK.

Welcome To Reach Out Recovery

ROR is seven years old this September. Our look has changed many times over the years, we've added new features, and a shop with cool recovery products. But our mission is the same: to get you comfortable with recovery and keep you inspired every single day. We search for the latest recovery tips, facts, and tools. Then we translate that information for you into easy to understand content.

We're not therapists or a treatment center. We will not track you down and stage an intervention. When you browse our website, you are safe. So relax, get comfy and keep coming back for the life you want to have.

Where To Start Your Recovery Support

To help you navigate our massive website, here are some great articles and resources to get you through the first few hours, then days, then weeks, then before you know it months of feeling better, getting better and...flourishing in your life.

1. How To Regulate In Recovery

We joke around about HALT, the acronym for hungry, angry, lonely, tired, but it was created as a reminder for a reason. 100% of my recovery is 100% affected by how I regulate myself. Let me explain, one of the things that became crystal clear as the years passed in recovery was that when I followed a healthy lifestyle, my life/recovery was easier to manage. (Keep Reading...)

2. Healing From Toxic Relationships

Toxic relationships are never easy. After we find recovery, we often have little or no room left in our lives for the drama that comes with these toxic relationships. Further, even healthy marital and long-term intimate relationships often go through major reconstruction during recovery or face collapsing. (Keep Reading...)

3. Recovery Results Appreciate The Progress

How can we measure recovery results? I used to work for someone who would regularly remark, “I really don’t care how hard someone is trying, I only care about the results they get me." This may be a good line of thinking when it comes to business performance, but it doesn’t apply to addiction recovery and mental health progress. To be realistic about it, trying hard in recovery doesn’t mean you won’t relapse, or deal with other missteps, but it does usually lead to improvement. See, the recovery results are in progress, even when it's slow. (Keep Reading...)

4. What Have You Done For You Lately?

By the time we find recovery, most of us realize what we were doing before wasn't working. And many of us are ready to make drastic changing in the people, places, and things related to our downfall, but where to start? And how do we keep that up? Doing a weekly recovery check-up helps you monitor your progress and add new healthy activities to your week. (Keep Reading...)

5. Managing Mental Health And Addiction Is Resilience

It’s a funny thing when you write about your own mental health. On the one hand, I do so because I have certain insights into all of this that might make my point of view helpful to some people. On the other hand, making my own life public doesn’t come without a price, so I want to be clear about something. My recovery, and my ongoing work to understand mental health and how to manage it has not made me weak or fragile, it’s made me stronger and more resilient. (Keep Reading...)

6. Top Five Areas For Recovery Healing

Recovery healing is an exciting concept that is just now gaining momentum. For those new to recovery, it may seem that not using means you're in recovery. And further, that life and relationships can be restored just by the absence of doing whatever substance or behavior was out of control. Those in long term recovery, however, know that recovery healing is a balanced lifestyle with these five components all in place and working together. (Keep Reading...)

7. Holiday Sobriety Survival Guide

Your holiday sobriety needs support. Unless you are the only person on earth with a totally sane, sober family and friends, you will be confronted with things like:People enjoying alcoholic drinks (or watermelon) that you once loved as well and family discussing things that push your buttons. (Keep Reading...)

8. Dear 20-Year Old Me

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. I wish I knew at my darkest times what I know now, six years sober. I wish I could go back to my 20 year-old younger struggling self and tell her what would happen if she continued on her path of destruction. I’d love to hold her hand, to comfort her, and give her some coping strategies for her overwhelming life—a life she just can’t make sense of. I’d love to tell her that it wasn’t her fault—that she was primed for this path—and that she could learn to love herself enough to stop her harmful and addictive behaviors. (Keep Reading...)

9. Five Recovery Lessons I Learned About Myself

Recovery lessons are tough to learn. Since I've been working on these lessons for two decades, I have had some time to think about recovery, and what I've learned about myself.  Here's what recovery work revealed about me that I didn't know at 21, or even 30. (Keep Reading...)

10. Poor Body Image Led To Substance Use

Poor body image plagued me since childhood. I’ve always been the big girl. In pre-school, I compared the size of my thighs to the next girl next to me. In middle school I was put on a diet. Finally by my teens, I discovered the miracle cure: drugs. For the next twenty years, I used drugs control my poor body image. (Keep Reading...)

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Pam is the author of two books: Co-dependent In The Kitchen, and Find Your True Colors In 12 Steps. She's also a contributing editor for Reach Out Recovery. She's a recovery advocate who likes long walks on the beach and chocolate.

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