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NO EXCUSES: Getting Real About Addiction Recovery

NO EXCUSES: Getting Real About Addiction Recovery

For most, drinking is something that is done on occasion, in moderation, and forgotten about in the meantime. For others, because of a variety of factors that can include genetics, biology and environment, alcohol becomes more than an accompaniment to life; it becomes the main event. Facing that reality, however, is tough. When life begins to spin out of control, an addicts first reaction is to stack up all the reasons why cutting back or perhaps even eliminating substances altogether isn’t an…

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Handling negative attitudes and dealing with difficult people 101

Handling negative attitudes and dealing with difficult people 101

When’s the last time you had to deal with a difficult or negative person in your life? Or the last time someone said something with the intention of hurting you? No matter where we go, we will face people who are negative, people who oppose our ideas, people who piss us off or people who simply do not like us. In these instinctual moments, we may lose track of our higher selves and become driven to protect ourselves when attacked. This too is…

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MY GRATITUDE TODAY: They say 85% of the things we worry about never actually happen.

MY GRATITUDE TODAY: They say 85% of the things we worry about never actually happen.

For as long as I can remember I’ve struggled with anxiety, of which I have very little control. If you’ve ever struggled with anxiety or panic, I’m sure you could  agree with me in saying that everyday life is more challenging than most people could ever probably imagine, right? When it first started for me, I couldn’t help but ask myself “Why am I like this? What’s making me feel this way? How do I make it stop?” My instinct told me to ignore these feelings at first,…

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Society Remains Morally Insensitive to the Disease of Addiction

Society Remains Morally Insensitive to the Disease of Addiction

Society Needs to Stop Bullying Those With Addiction I’m going to let you in on a secret: Being physically dependent on heroin isn’t fun. Here’s another secret: Being dependent on heroin is isolating and lonely. When he was using, his family was scared of him, his friends didn’t trust him, and even casual acquaintances weren’t keen on spending time with a sweaty, anxious mess of a person with a potentially deadly and definitely illegal obsession. Finally, on the off chance…

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You Have the Power to Choose A Better Life

You Have the Power to Choose A Better Life

It’s More than a ‘Physical Dependence’ on Substances or Alcohol It is true that while one is actively high, or drunk, if addicted, one cannot refrain from having another drink, or dose. These individuals have little to no power or control over their minds during this time. The brain is malfunctioning- there’s no denying that. Once their body becomes dependent, they lose all control. Seriously. But people are not powerless to stop use of even strongly addictive drugs—physical dependence does not in itself constitute addiction. The inability…

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The Miracle of Recovery: “She needed a hero, so that’s what she became.”

The Miracle of Recovery: “She needed a hero, so that’s what she became.”

The Miracle of Recovery is one of God’s Greatest Gifts Addiction takes lives, every day. More people than not can name someone they know who’s been lost to addiction. Perhaps a family member, a friend or a co-worker. While many deaths are obviously a result of addiction, some are less so. The effects of long-term alcohol and drug abuse can kill you quickly, but just as often, the person dies slowly. A large majority of cases of heart disease, stroke,…

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Horse tranquilizers: The newest theat to America’s opioid crisis

Horse tranquilizers: The newest theat to America’s opioid crisis

Drugs that can induce addiction usually turn out to cause more harm than good.  Scientists are constantly synthesizing new and powerful substances capable of altering the way our central nervous systems function. Yes, there are obviously benefits and a potential upside to these new drugs – but there is usually an even larger downside, as evidenced by unrecognized, unintended and disastrous consequences. Not to mention we are in the midst of a deadly opioid epidemic. Initially triggered by shameless drug companies, we continue to spin even further out of control.  Most…

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Breaking the Stigma of Addiction in a Misunderstood Society

Breaking the Stigma of Addiction in a Misunderstood Society

I haven’t always worked in addiction treatment, nor can I recall being overly exposed to addiction or alcoholism for the majority of my life growing up.  For the longest time, neither recovery or addiction had any meaning in my life. In the beginning, my perception of an ‘addict’ fit the commonly held stigma of the homeless guy living under the bridge, begging for money to fuel his drug habit. There’s so many things I didn’t know- it’s startling.  I didn’t know that 13 years old is…

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Recovery Community: Offering Support When a Friend Relapses

Recovery Community: Offering Support When a Friend Relapses

When someone relapses after a period of sobriety there can be significant ripple effects. Their actions will not only impact their own life, but also the lives of the people around them. It can be particularly upsetting when relapse occurs in those who we considered to have a fairly strong recovery. Because the 12-steps of AA is a selfish program-individuals need to put their own sobriety above everything else. If a friend relapses, the number one priority is to protect your own sobriety….

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HBO’s Addiction: The Harsh Reality of America’s Drug Epidemic

HBO’s Addiction: The Harsh Reality of America’s Drug Epidemic

Drug and alcohol addiction is a problem that has affected millions of individuals over a significant period of time. The reason why people begin using drugs varies from person to person however, the reason why addicts continue these habits despite their devastating consequences-may actually be surprisingly similar. A significant portion of people believe addiction affects those with poor character who are simply searching for a source of pleasure. It may be possible that those who don’t see addiction as a “disease” are…

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Find the Courage to Forgive Yourself

Find the Courage to Forgive Yourself

Recovery Means Strength, Courage & Forgiveness The sooner you forgive yourself the better off you’ll be. I’ve met many recovering addicts who can’t seem to forgive themselves, even after years in recovery. They become so used to carrying that guilt around that sometimes they don’t even know how much it’s really affecting their lives. It affects things like self-worth and what they believe they deserve. Consequently, they pass up many amazing opportunities because they don’t think they deserved them. Society is…

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Prescribing to Prevent-International Overdose Awareness Day

Prescribing to Prevent-International Overdose Awareness Day

Deaths from overdose of heroin and prescription opioids more than tripled nationally within recent years, resulting in a significant increase in the number of individuals being treated for overdose in emergency rooms across the country. Fortunately, we now know that an overdose is reversible, thanks to a drug called Naloxone(or brand name Narcan) which is capable of stopping opioid overdose almost instantly. If an individual who is unconscious, blue and not breathing from an opioid overdose, an injection or nasal spray of…

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Contrarying to Popular Belief-People don’t choose to have overwhelmingly destructive and out-of-control substance abuse problems

Contrarying to Popular Belief-People don’t choose to have overwhelmingly destructive and out-of-control substance abuse problems

The term ‘drug addict’ brings with it nasty interpretations. Take for example, an addict shooting up, a criminal robbing an innocent or a woman selling her body to get high, just to name a few. Unfortunately, society’s understanding of what it means to be a drug addict is based on inaccurate descriptions, negative labels and misguided perceptions. Because the media has done a bang-up job at contributing to false ideas surrounding addiction within the general population, mainstream society is quick to classify all ‘drug addicts’ as bad or less-than…

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