How to Live Drug Free in Los Angeles

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Live Drug Free In Los Angeles | Westside Treatment

Los Angeles is notorious for its seedy underbelly, and a history of violence (that has largely declined) – but as with any large city, LA is a melting pot of stories, some tragic and some miraculous. Here, cultures come and blend together, and you’ll find a little bit of everything and everyone on the streets of LA, from the richest actor to the poorest pauper. Living in such a colorful and vibrant city comes with its challenges. It’s hard to… Read more »

Top 10 Things to Do Sober In Los Angeles

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Sober In Los Angeles | Westside Treatment

Los Angeles, the City of Angels, is inhabited by nearly 4 million people spread over roughly 270+ neighborhoods – naturally, there are countless things to do while sober in Los Angeles, that don’t involve drugs or alcohol. From Acton to Woodland Hills, there is no shortage on fun activities and events in town at any given moment. However, before you can get started exploring the city for new things to do while sober in Los Angeles, it’s important to get… Read more »

Sober Fun And How To Enjoy Your Sobriety

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Sober Fun | Westside Treatment

People sometimes have this misconception that fun dies the day you decide to put down the drink. What they forget is that a life made fun only by alcohol is not a life lived. Enjoying experiences with a side of alcohol is one thing, but when sobriety becomes a hostile attack on a person’s definition of fun, then there’s something wrong with how they spend their time.sober fun is an entirely possible and achievable goal. Letting a substance consume your… Read more »

6 Tips for Staying Sober

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Staying Sober | Westside Treatment

Sobriety is a good thing, but good things aren’t easy to come by or keep. Staying sober can at first feel like a full-time job, so when life seeps in and hits you with an actual full-time job and other responsibilities, letting your sobriety slip can sometimes feel like an acceptable compromise. Don’t let a relapse set in – with these simple tips, you can be in control of your recovery and you can get the most out of staying… Read more »

Why Family Support Is Important In Recovery

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Why Family Support Is Important In Recovery | Westside Treatment

If your family member or other loved one is going into recovery for a substance addiction, you might wonder exactly what your role should be. Although this journey is something that your relative has to go through on his or her own, family members are an integral part of the process. You might not be sure how to act or react to various ways that your recovering loved one, but one thing that is for certain is that you can… Read more »

Share Your Addiction Recovery Story to Help, Inspire Others

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Share Your Addiction Recovery Story to Help, Inspire Others | Westside Treatment

Being in group support is a two-way street. On one hand, people enter recovery groups to find help and inspiration, or perhaps more motivation to staying sober – or hope, that staying sober in the long-term is possible. On the other hand, your stories and struggles offer that very same consolation and reassurance to others on the path – and someday, you may find yourself being that one example of sobriety that many others in the group look forward to…. Read more »

It’s Time To Get Selfish (For The Sake Of Your Sobriety)

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It's Time To Get Selfish (For The Sake Of Your Sobriety) | Westside Treatment

Oscar Wilde said, “Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.” Selfishness is a trait that everyone has. We tend to be a bit biased toward ourselves, whether we want to admit it or not. We think that our way is the best way, we think that our views are the better views, and we may even think that our choices are the best choices.  Some people blatantly… Read more »

Finding A Strong, Sober Support System After Treatment

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Finding A Strong, Sober Support System After Treatment | Westside Treatment

Finding a solid support system after treatment is a huge part of leading a successful recovery. Think about this for a moment – do you think you would take another drink in front of your mother/doctor/brother (or any positive person in your life)? Unlikely. Do you think you would be tempted to if you were alone? Before treatment, you likely spent a lot of time alone – or with other addicts – because the positive people in your life didn’t… Read more »

Life After Treatment – What’s Next?

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Life After Treatment - What's Next? | Westside Treatment

Substance abuse treatment programs do not last forever. You have spent a certain amount of time surrounded by like-minded people, learning hard lessons about yourself and tools to help you in the future. You feel confident and strong. You have a plan. You can do this. Then the big day comes – the front doors open and you are finally free to move through life on your own, making wiser choices than you did before. You step out and realize… Read more »