Category: Sobriety

What's After Rehab?

January 19, 2019

Knowing What's After Rehab is Critical to the Recovery Process The goal of treatment is always to pass to you the the skills you need in life to live a sober life and to manage stresses and challenges. Success after rehab means that these skills are vital to your success. Unfortunately, some people think that completing rehab means they're recovered. Nothing could be further from the truth. Rehab (aka "detox") is nothing more than purging the...

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What We Mean When We Talk About Sobriety

September 11, 2018

How To Truly Define Sobriety "Sobriety" is a word whose 12-step misuse now pervades our entire culture, along with ruining addiction treatment. To truly define sobriety means putting conventional definitions in their place and taking a fresh (and often controversial) approach. Sobriety actually means, first and foremost, not being intoxicated. It does NOT mean abstinence, as AA takes it to mean. In fact, the DSM psychiatric manual (unbeknownst to...

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Six Alcohol Related Diseases You Need to Know About

September 6, 2018

Alcohol related disease is a very real threat for those who abuse alcohol.While the debate continues to rage over how much alcohol consumption is good vs. how much is bad, few topics have been studied more thoroughly or for a longer period of time. So what's the difference between substance abuse and addiction? We all know someone who indulges in a glass or two of wine at certain intervals and we also know people who enjoy a cold beer after a hard...

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The Do's and Don'ts of Helping an Alcoholic

July 31, 2018

When alcoholism has taken hold of a loved one, their addiction can be overwhelming. Knowing how to help an alcoholic requires a bit of homework and research. At first, families struggle to cope with the lies and self-destructive behaviors, not to mention the denial. Their actions or inaction may challenge your sanity and the consequences of their actions might have a profound impact on your life, your finances and your relationship with children,...

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Recognizing The Risk Factors For Addiction

July 3, 2018

It's been said that most people are predisposed to certain traits or activities. Some people might have bouts with depression, some might have anger issues or some people might be temperamental. Others may have difficulty with anxiety. Still others might have a predisposition to addiction in one form or another. Addiction risk factors include far more considerations than predisposition, whether it's real or perceived. While the discussion of...

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How to Say Goodbye to Toxic Friends While in Recovery

June 24, 2018

The challenges of maintaining sobriety are hard enough without the burden of a toxic friends. Anything that reminds you of your past is a potential relapse trigger. Having toxic friends in your circle exposes you to powerful of relapse triggers. Recovery is a huge challenge and being around people who, for lack of a better description, are still living their lives irresponsibly, is dangerous to your progress in recovery. Their actions at times can...

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Understanding Addiction: The Nature vs. Nurture Debate

June 5, 2018

For decades, scientists have studied the link between genetics and addiction. They were searching for a simple answer to one question:  Is addiction genetic or not? This is often referred to as the "nurture vs nature" debate. The question seems simple, but the answers they found were anything but simple.  Some of this ambiguity stems from a lack of understanding of what genes are, and what they do. Not to get too granular, but let's just...

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What Are The Different Stages of Recovery?

May 10, 2018

The Stages of Recovery from Addiction Recovery from addiction and maintaining abstinence is no easy task. During the stages of recovery, addicts will go through a range of emotions and challenges. Understanding the stages of recovery will help the families and friends recognize the progress of their loved one or recognize the signs of relapse. It's important for friends and loved ones to show their support without enabling the addict to continue...

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The Link Between Prescription Pills and Heroin

April 26, 2018

The Link Between Pain Medication and Heroin The link between heroin and prescription pills has long been discussed. We've all heard that there has been a rise in overdose deaths from heroin, or prescription pain pills. In fact, the increase has been so alarming that the United States now refers to heroin addiction as an epidemic. Not surprisingly, Heroin and prescription pain pills belong to the same class of drugs: opioids. Opioids work by...

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How to Stay Sober in Six Steps

March 13, 2018

Six Steps for Sobriety You’ve taken that first big step and stopped using substances, now what?  If you follow this advice on how to stay sober in six steps, you have a fighting chance. First, congratulations on getting clean! We all know how hard that is. If you're reading this, perhaps you were also smart enough to enter a sober living house. Congratulations on that too, because you've now greatly increased your chances of staying...

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