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5 Recovery Rules, Relapse, & Thanksgiving

The holidays are about enjoying time with family and other loved ones—especially for Thanksgiving. We can all use this togetherness and comradery after the last two challenging years we’ve faced. And depending on who you ask, this holiday enjoyment may include drinking alcohol over dinner conversation or in front of a football game on TV. […]

What to Expect at an AA or NA Meeting
July 14, 2014

Updated: March 21, 2020 Many of us experience tremendous anxiety when contemplating attending our first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. This feeling is common, and largely based on our fear of the unknown. We have no idea what to expect at a meeting, how to find one, which one to attend, what to […]

You’re a firefighter, and you have PTSD
June 25, 2014

It happened again. As you bolt upright in bed, your heart is racing and your sheets are soaked with sweat. You scream out just as you realize you’re having another nightmare . . . reliving the real-life traumatic scene you experienced at work the week before. You’re a firefighter, and you have PTSD. Post Traumatic […]

5 Ways to Help Protect Your Child From Drug Abuse
June 17, 2014

As a parent, it is natural to wonder what is going on in your child’s life. Of all of the questions a parent may have, the biggest is how to protect your child from drug abuse. Parents may avoid subject if they are not sure what to say. According to the New York State Department […]

3 Common Excuses People Give to Avoid Addiction Treatment
June 3, 2014

Watching loved ones succumb to substance abuse can be one of the most heartbreaking things for friends and family members to witness. Some may try to help, but people with a drug or alcohol addiction may be so dependent on their substances of choice that they might do anything in their power to maintain their […]

Creative Writing May Help in the Recovery Process
May 29, 2014

In some ways, the physical tolls of substance abuse can be easier to address than the emotional ones. Medical science has advanced to the point where addiction is correctly categorized as a disease in need of treatment, and in some cases specially formulated medications can help ease the symptoms of people suffering through acute withdrawal […]

4 Inspirational Quotes to Start Your Week
May 27, 2014

There may be times during a period of sustained substance abuse that people feel as if they are all alone. Even if they have friends who drink and consume drugs, they may feel disconnected from the world and the people whom they really care about. While it may be normal to experience negative thoughts as […]

Sober Summer: Top 10 Sober Summer Activities
May 21, 2014

Summer is here (well getting here) and I’m excited! Here is my top ten list for awesome sober summer activities!

Relapse Does Not Mean a Failed Recovery
May 19, 2014

One of the largest obstacles facing people with histories of substance abuse is the idea that relapse signals that they have failed to get clean. According to these critics, those who turn their backs on recovery efforts are nothing more than water seeking its level, and they should not receive a second chance at sobriety. […]

Overcome Addiction Stigma for a Successful Recovery
May 16, 2014

There are many problems that accompany substance abuse, least among them the physical toll that alcohol or drug use takes on the body. Addiction treatment centers are effective at helping someone with a history of drug abuse get back on his or her feet. Professional medical and psychiatric specialists may be the best option that […]

Is addiction a disease? Research says yes!
May 13, 2014

Addiction recovery can be a difficult task without any other obstacles in the way of people seeking help for substance abuse issues. Taking the first step to give up on a past history of drug and alcohol addiction often takes a tremendous amount of willpower as well as support from family, friends and loved ones. […]

How to resist peer pressure from good friends
May 9, 2014

After a successfully completing an addiction treatment program, a strong support network of friends who understand the struggles that someone working through recovery faces is crucial to ensuring long-term sobriety. Good friends are not only important as a way for a former drug user to voice his or her frustrations about life in recovery, but […]

Study suggests coached extracurriculars prevent underage drinking, smoking
May 8, 2014

Like many forms of medicine, treatment that prevents a condition from ever occurring may be the best possible option. When it comes to addiction, that is certainly the case. While addiction treatment centers employ expert medical and psychiatric staff members to help anybody through the process of recovery, many former drug and alcohol users experience […]

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