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positive affirmations
December 5, 2017

Stop Self-Loathing With Positive Affirmations

In addiction recovery, many people feel filled with remorse and shame from what they did in active addiction. It can be so easy to dwell on the past and feel unworthy of love or forgiveness. These feelings can be very dangerous and many times lead to relapse. Learning present moment awareness meditation can help this … Continued

man exercising
December 5, 2017

The Brain and Exercise in Addiction Recovery

As you can imagine, the brain is severely altered after years of substance abuse. Many illicit drugs, including alcohol, affect the parts of the brain that are responsible for reward and pleasure. Dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, and GABA receptors are all synthetically manipulated while using drugs, which eventually causes long-term damage that can take a lot … Continued

acupuncture
November 29, 2017

Acupuncturist Sees Benefits of Alternative Medicine For Addiction

Due to the national opioid crisis, health professionals are looking for new ways to treat pain in order to leave opioids as a last resort. Since the 1990s, opioids have been used as a first line of defense against all types of pain. This has manifested into the massive nationwide opioid addiction crisis. Doctors once … Continued

doctor in handcuffs holding money
November 29, 2017

Doctor Pleads Guilty to Taking Kickbacks for Prescribing Fentanyl Spray

Around the country, lawsuits and criminal charges are becoming more and more common for drug manufacturers and doctors relating to the opioid crisis. As the nation becomes more aware of the deadly epidemic that has been growing since the 90’s, people want answers and are looking for people to blame. Drug makers are being investigated … Continued

no more excuses
November 10, 2017

7 Common Excuses Addicts Will Give to Not Get Sober

When someone is completely addicted to a substance, nothing will get in the way. Not only is there an extremely overwhelming psychological urge to use, but there is often physical symptoms of withdrawal. Withdrawal can be so painful that many addicted individuals will go to any length to avoid getting sober. Withdrawal is scary and … Continued

woman meditating on a lake
October 24, 2017

The 10 Greatest Holistic Practices For Sobriety

Finding fun and happiness in sobriety is absolutely crucial for successful recovery. Not only does finding holistic practices for sobriety help you enjoy life and form hobbies, but it also can treat lingering post-acute withdrawal symptoms that can lead to relapse or depression. Holistic practices are healthy activities that do not involve synthetic medication. They … Continued

benzos and alcohol
October 24, 2017

The Deadly Combination of Mixing Alcohol and Benzos

Using multiple substances at the same time, also known as polydrug use, can sometimes be very dangerous. Polydrug use is never considered safe, but some substances can be deadly and should never be used together. Polydrug use is very common because one drug can increase the effects of the other, resulting in a more powerful … Continued

drug withdrawal
October 24, 2017

What To Expect With Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

With consistent use of most addictive substances comes some degree of physical dependency. This means that the body comes to rely on the substance to function normally. When the substance is taken away, the body can react in a variety of ways. These reactions can be as minor as mood swings, to as severe as … Continued

Fear
September 26, 2017

5 Signs Fear Is Controlling Your Life

For people in recovery, fear can have a major impact on one’s life. Sometimes, without even noticing, fear can be a significant factor in decision-making or even be controlling one’s life altogether. Fear affects happiness and can cause people to make decisions that they wouldn’t otherwise make. Drugs and alcohol can provide a sense of … Continued

Privacy
September 26, 2017

How to Tell People You Don’t Drink Without Breaking Anonymity

Telling people you don’t drink can feel like an uncomfortable exchange in early recovery. One of the of the traditions of 12-step fellowships, like AA, is the principle of “anonymity.” Anonymity means that members of the fellowship don’t tell non-members that they practice 12 steps to remain sober. New members of 12-step fellowships can find … Continued