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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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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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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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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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Contrary to Popular Belief-Relapse means recovery, not failure.

Contrary to Popular Belief-Relapse means recovery, not failure.

Addiction recovery is not an easy process. The truth of the matter is that a lot of people do relapse. What I’m saying is that a relapse doesn’t have to be the end of your journey. You can use it as a turning point to pick yourself back up and make necessary changes to get back to your recovery.  At that point, if something negative occurs in your life, you will be capable of dealing with it in a constructive way…

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A Double Whammy: Carrying the Guilt and Shame of Your Past

A Double Whammy: Carrying the Guilt and Shame of Your Past

The Weight of Your Past Life Gut-wrenching guilt and shame over your past, can carry with you and seriously jeopardize your chances at recovery. When you experience recurring cravings and urges to use again, you’re definitely more likely to be hit with a double whammy. The truth is that we all carry with us memories of what we’ve said and done. It would be impossible not to have them and, quite frankly, our lives wouldn’t have as much meaning if we didn’t…

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