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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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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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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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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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