Tag: Addiction Recovery Program

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11 October

Having been in addiction recovery for nine years, I have had the opportunity to help others and inspire many people. I don’t say this to sound arrogant but only to share one of the excellent parts of overcoming addiction. On the other hand, I have also had several experiences where people have said some unhelpful […]

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08 October

Words matter—especially the words we tell ourselves. Negative statements about our appearance, intellect, and value remain with us for years and have the power to shape our self-concept. If you tell yourself you’re worthless, you will soon believe that lie. And that type of thinking has no place in recovery. Here, we explore the value […]

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07 October

An essential aspect of getting sober is learning how to recognize the people in your life that negatively influence you. If you have an addiction, the chances are that there are at least a few people in your life that are bringing you down. While it may not be easy to look at the people […]

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06 October

Individuals who have a recurring problem with alcohol or drug abuse are trapped in a cycle of addiction. They stop abusing substances for a period of time — weeks, perhaps even months — before stress, anxiety, emotional pain, or an event that serves as an emotional trigger causes the cycle to start up again. The […]

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05 October

When it comes to the addiction recovery process, several unrealistic expectations can occur early on. People in early recovery often go through the “honeymoon stage” where everything seems great, and life will always be incredible now, etc. This phase usually occurs after the withdrawal “existential crisis phase,” where everything seems terrible, and they think they […]

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01 October

Why is Methamphetamine Addiction so Hard? Methamphetamine addiction involves the brain’s pleasure chemicals: dopamine and serotonin. Dopamine delivers feelings of pleasure and reward. Normally dopamine is used by the body to motivate and reward you for doing positive things. But methamphetamine addiction hijacks this mechanism. Meth significantly raises the brain’s dopamine levels creating a euphoric […]

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30 September

At the root of many substance abuse problems is a trauma from the individual’s past. In some cases, the trauma originated in childhood and was so profound that the repercussions have tormented the individual well into adulthood. In other cases, the trauma was more recent — perhaps from a single calamitous event that has shaken […]

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28 September

Every year in America, 3.7 million babies are born. They’re born to families that are just starting out, big families and single parents. The vast majority of babies are born without birth defects but about 3% of babies suffer some type of defect. These defects are the number one cause of infant death and can, of course, […]

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28 September

It’s not always easy to observe addiction from the outside, especially when someone is abusing cocaine. While the focus is understandably often on the addict themselves, it’s important to keep in mind those around them and close to them. Addiction can cause real harm to these individuals and, paradoxically, they also hold the key to […]

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24 September

Are you one of the majority of families that still leave pills on countertops or in medicine cabinets? A new study from Johns Hopkins reveals that most parents still haven’t received the message that pills need to be locked up to keep them out of the wrong hands. This new survey asked 681 adults who had been […]

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