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Women and Addiction Recovery: The Silent Struggle

Women and Addiction Recovery: The Silent Struggle

Sit for just a moment with your eyes closed, and picture a man who’s just finished a long day of work. He heads out from the office, runs a few errands and goes out to a bar afterwards for a few drinks with his friends. He will close down the bar before finally heading home. What picture of this man comes to your mind? Now, close your eyes for a moment and visualize a woman ending her work day and meeting…

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The Promises of Recovery Do Come True

The Promises of Recovery Do Come True

Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Addiction Drugs and alcohol deliver nothing but heartbreak and broken promises. During active addiction, substances become your higher power, guiding force, and reason for living. Whether you use drugs and alcohol to cope with the stresses of everyday living or to unwind after a long day, you expect substances to fill a void in your life. When casual experimentation and use turns into abuse and addiction, substances become your guiding force. Once you find the tools…

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Medications Off-Label vs Off-Limits: Health Care Providers & the FDA

Medications Off-Label vs Off-Limits: Health Care Providers & the FDA

Doctors prescribe way too many medications for patients who don’t really need them, and I think a lot of the pressure comes from intense marketing from drug companies. Yet some comes from the fact that many patients refuse to leave their doctors office without a prescription for some type of pill.  And it’s unfortunate that physicians have too little time with each patient to explain non-pill solutions to problems. Wildly off-label prescribing is not new. Doctors have always gotten away with giving patients…

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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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Relapse Prevention: Learning to cope the healthy way

Relapse Prevention: Learning to cope the healthy way

Reminder that recovery does not mean staying so busy that you don’t think about triggering things. Recovery isn’t just avoiding situations because they might trip you up. Recovery isn’t about keeping yourself on a short leash to make sure you don’t relapse. Recovery is about discovering yourself and understanding who you are and how you think in order to cope with the world around you. Can I ever Be Happy without Drugs or Alcohol? The answer is yes. Recovery is…

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