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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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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