Category: Addiction and recovery

What is the 12 Step Program?

January 17, 2018

The 12 Step Recovery Program One cannot talk about recovery without discussion about the 12 Step Program.  Even casual observers are familiar with the term. In essence, it is a set of tenets and guidelines to help move people through the process of recovery. In case you’re curious, here are the 12 steps. We admitted we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable. Came to believe a Power greater than ourselves...

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The Health Benefits of Sobriety: An Exploration

January 16, 2018

Exploring the Benefits of Sobriety When alcoholics move towards recovery, one of the most powerful motivators for seeking treatment is understanding the health benefits of sobriety. It’s probably no mystery that drinking to excess takes a toll on a person's health and well-being. The adverse effects of alcoholism are well documented. Excessive drinking can lead to liver failure, heart problems, and cancer, among other serious health issues....

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Employment for Recovering Addicts: Tips & Advice

January 15, 2018

One of the many questions people have about sober living is how to address employment for recovering addicts. As addicts begin the process of recovery, sooner or later their attention will shift to the necessities of daily life. Although learning how to embrace a sober lifestyle and building a new and healthy life that revolves around recovery becomes an addict’s number one goal, establishing one's independence is critical to long term...

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Tips on How to Stay Sober & Avoid Triggers

January 18, 2018

Tips for Staying Sober The primary threat to relapse is exposing oneself to what's called "triggers." Triggers and addiction are directly linked. Despite this, the common reactions of craving, urges and relapse can be defeated. First, you have to develop the ability to identify the things that act as triggers that can lead to a relapse. The stress factors that can be a trigger can be simple or complicated...it varies from person to person. The...

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How To Prevent Relapse

February 11, 2019

How To Prevent Relapse The best way to prevent a relapse is by having a plan. Once rehab is complete and it's time to go home or stay in a sober living home, a recovering addict may be wondering how to prevent relapse. They need to prepare themselves to handle temptation in social situations. Doctor Howard Samuels, a recovering addict himself, has several relapse prevention strategies. 1. Prevent Relapse by Using Your Willpower Research...

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Why is an AA Sponsor so Important?

January 19, 2018

The Importance of an AA Sponsor One of the most important choices you will make while in recovery is the selection of your AA sponsor. This is the person who will be there offer support and guidance to a sponsee, which in this case is you. A sponsor doesn't just guide you  through the AA program, but he/she is there to be a listening post. Being able to rely on a sympathetic ear can be particularly important when a recovering addict feels they are...

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What is the Opioid Epidemic?

January 9, 2018

What is the Opioid Epidemic? Every news agency is reporting heavily on the opioid addiction, but what is the opioid epidemic exactly? In this article, we’ll explore the deadly truths surrounding drug overdose deaths and the link between substance abuse and mental health What Exactly are Opiates? The term "Opiates" actually refers to a roster of drugs. These range from legal drugs such as fentanyl, codeine, and morphine to illegal drugs such...

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How to Confront an Addict

January 8, 2018

How to Confront an Addict If you’re wondering how to confront an addict, there are several steps that can be taken to increase your chance of success. From looking for signs in their behavior to researching treatment centers, the items on this list can provide some insight into how to confront an addict while remaining respectful and calm. Put Some Serious Thought into Your Preparation Deciding how to confront an addict is never a pleasant...

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The Advantages of Traveling for Sober Living

February 18, 2019

Sober living homes offer a unique living environment that supports abstinence from drugs and alcohol and helps maintain a healthy recovery lifestyle.1 Sober homes offer people in recovery a safe place to transition into independent living, and many people decide on traveling for sober living, rather than staying close to home. Let's take a look at why leaving your hometown may be best. Traveling for Sober Living Offers More Options When you're...

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What are the Signs of Adderall Abuse?

January 24, 2018

What Is Adderall? To understand the seriousness of Adderall abuse and addiction, it helps to understand what Adderall is. Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine that is used primarily to treat the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It has benefits with sleep disorders and in managing some forms of severe depression as well. This drug is classified as a central nervous system stimulant, which...

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