Enjoying a Sober Holiday Season

Enjoying a Sober Holiday Season

For many people, the time right between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the happiest time of the year. Family members are happier, friends are friendlier, and strangers don’t seem as strange. For others, though, the holiday season can be tough. Some of us have lost loved ones, experienced devastation, or just had some rough times during […]

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“I Don’t Like My Therapist”

“I Don’t Like My Therapist”

There is no one-size-fits-all solution for addiction. If there was, addiction treatment wouldn’t be nearly as nuanced as it is now. One of the most powerful advancements made in addiction treatment since Bill W.’s creation of Alcoholics Anonymous in the 1930s has been the onslaught of new techniques, programs, and plans that cater to different […]

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Addiction is Not Your Fault… But It Is Your Responsibility

Addiction is Not Your Fault… But It Is Your Responsibility

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous is specific and definitive in its definition of alcoholism, which can be applied as a definition of addiction. Addiction, according to the AA philosophy, is a disease characterized by three components, in three different spheres: a physical allergy, a mental obsession, and a spiritual malady. As it’s explained throughout […]

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Don’t Just Give a Man a Fish

Don’t Just Give a Man a Fish

Ever fished before? It’s therapeutic, in the kind of way that makes some people sit for hours on end hoping to catch “the big one”, or really not caring about what they catch and just enjoying watching the water lap back and forth. It isn’t really about the fish, but about the experience. Fishing teaches […]

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Cutting to the Chase: Owning Your Recovery

Cutting to the Chase: Owning Your Recovery

There are millions of people suffering from addiction in America alone. The age range typically starts at 12 and has no limit. Addiction, by far, is one of the most dangerous epidemics this world has ever faced. The CDC estimates that in 2017, around 72,000 people lost their lives to opioid overdose and opioid-related deaths. […]

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Mission: Recovery is Possible

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For many, addiction is something that renders them powerless. When addicted, you often cannot do the things that you once did, and you may feel lost and helpless. While others around you mature, develop new relationships, strengthen old ones, and seem to prosper in their lives, you may very well feel stagnant and trapped. This […]

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What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger (Really)

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There are very few things in this world that one cannot find a silver lining in, if they only look hard enough. When you’re suffering from addiction though, it can seem like your world is caving in, and that there really is nothing good that can come from the illness. Look harder. Suffering through addiction […]

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The Effect Proximity Has on Recovery

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There are many sayings that correspond with the notion that actions are influenced by location. When it comes to addiction recovery, there is one that almost instantly springs to mind: “Birds of a feather flock together.” The people and things you surround yourself with during recovery plays a huge part in just how successful your […]

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment What is Dual Diagnosis Dual diagnosis, aka co-occurring disorders, is a term used for individuals who struggle with both a mental disorder and alcohol or drug abuse. With dual diagnosis, either disorder can begin to appear first. People who struggle with a mental health condition will sometimes turn to drugs and/or alcohol […]

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