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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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FOSTERING FRIENDSHIP: It’s those people who believed in you even when you ceased to believe in yourself

FOSTERING FRIENDSHIP: It’s those people who believed in you even when you ceased to believe in yourself

When you are actively drinking and using, you tend to make associates rather than friends. The people you surrounded yourself with typically had something to offer you, or you probably had something to offer them, right? When you got together, it was primarily to drink or use; otherwise you had little in common? Even in a room full of people you probably felt strangely alone. When you were in a tough situation, were these people anywhere to be found? In recovery, you begin to learn the…

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Forgiveness is the Key to Freedom

Forgiveness is the Key to Freedom

Learning to Love Again Have any of you found yourself thinking, “there’s no way I can ever forgive him?” Yes, you’ve been hurt and the pain is unbearable. You probably think you’ll never forget and you’ll never forgive. But, not wanting to offer your forgiveness, or not being able to will cause you suffering that won’t diminish over time like a memory can. These feelings are capable of filling you with even further bitterness and intolerance. Finding forgiveness is a healing process that occurs…

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NEWSFLASH: Much like an old pile of dinner crumbs, bushing addiction under the rug- doesn’t make it go away.

NEWSFLASH: Much like an old pile of dinner crumbs, bushing addiction under the rug- doesn’t make it go away.

Addiction has claimed it’s territory within my family. And you know what, I am not ashamed of this. I do not hide from it and I speak openly about it. Even though I’ve spoke out and supported them through their addictions, many do not. Many people are ashamed of the addict in their family. Many people hide the fact that addiction has affected them in some way. I don’t. I am not ashamed. I did nothing to make my loved ones addicts, and…

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