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Tom Arnold: Addiction is No Laughing Matter

Lights. Camera. Substance misuse? Yes, the third word in that Hollywood catch phrase uttered by millions is “action.” But so many film and TV careers of some of our most brilliant actors have been riddled with a checkered pattern of alcohol and substance misuse that seem to be just as front and center as their […]

Life-Saving Overdose Reversal Drug Just Got a Major Price Hike
Feb 15, 2019

The opioid epidemic is perhaps the worst public health crisis the U.S. has ever endured. Each year, tens of thousands of individuals die of opioid-related overdoses, while millions more suffer from addiction. To win the war against opioids, the country needs every weapon in its arsenal. Unfortunately, one of the most effective weapons in that […]

Romancing the drink
Jan 2, 2019

We look back, us alcoholics, far more often than we look ahead. The past is where the fun is, the excitement and the nostalgia. We see things the way they used to be, and wish we could recapture that magic, even one more time. So we chase it, and drink, and look into our glass […]

Giving Yourself the Gift of Sobriety
Oct 31, 2018

Deciding to stop doing whatever it is you have become addicted to is great. I decided to stop drinking pretty much right after I started. It only took me twenty-five years to get up the courage to actually do it. I lived in denial, created chaos and may have sabotaged a bright future by waiting. […]

AAC Upgrades Recovery Community Websites
Oct 3, 2018

American Addiction Centers (“AAC”), a leading operator of addiction treatment facilities across the United States, today announced rebranding and content enhancements to its recovery community websites, including,, and The website upgrades include website logo and page redesigns that further highlight AAC’s primary business of operating treatment facilities across the United States, […]

Is Comparison Killing Your Recovery? Learn How to Break Free Now
Aug 8, 2018

It is human nature to compare yourself to others, especially people you respect, who you feel have some form of control over their lives, and who seem to have it all. For some, this comparison process is healthy. It encourages self-assessment, inspires new ideas and options, and encourages healthy competition that motivates persistence and progress. […]

‘Tis the Season? How to Gift Drug Rehab to Your Family Member This Year
Mar 19, 2018

If someone in your family is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, the holidays are the best time to handle the problem. Though your first inclination may be to postpone the discussion in order to avoid ruining the holiday, it is actually the most opportune moment there is to take action. Family is gathered, everyone […]

Top 10 Ways to Destroy Your Relationships in Recovery
Mar 6, 2018

When it comes to building strong relationships in recovery, there is almost nothing that is more important, especially as you transition out of treatment and into independent living in sobriety. Having positive people around you who understand what you have been through and support you as you work toward increased stability while staying sober can, […]

10 Tips to Protect Caregivers of Someone Living With Addiction
Mar 1, 2018

As a caregiver, your focus, first and foremost, is likely on your loved one – their needs, their risks, their mistakes, their health, and their future. Without even realizing it, you have likely let your own needs fall to the wayside as you work tirelessly to be ready and available as needed to support your […]

What came first, the alcohol, or the alcoholic thinking?
Feb 8, 2018

I used to think people other than those directly affected by my drinking to excess were aware of what for me was an absolutely epic effort to give it up.   In my alcohol fueled haze, my mere presence on this earth was of great importance to everybody. I believed that my acquaintances actually took […]

10 Common Personality Traits of Adult Children of Alcoholics
Feb 2, 2018

Children of Alcoholics Week happens this month, and for many people in recovery, the struggles caused by growing up with a parent living with an active addiction continue to plague their abilities to live balanced and emotionally healthy lives. A child who grows up with a parent or caregiver who drinks heavily and/or uses drugs […]

10 Ways to Enjoy Your Life in Recovery
Jan 18, 2018

As the calendar turns and we move forward into a new year, people across the country are turning their attention to everything they don’t like about their lives. A few unwanted pounds, financial difficulties, and other unhealthy decisions are often the focus of New Year’s resolutions as a result of a desire for self-improvement and […]

Top 10 Ways to Take Control of Your Life in Addiction Recovery
Jun 30, 2017

In the 12-Step program, participants are often encouraged to acknowledge that they are not in control of their lives, that instead, a higher power is in charge. In early recovery, this can be an encouraging thought – essentially, the idea is that you do not have to worry about what you are going to do […]

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