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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Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

bipolar disorder and substance abuse

It is very common for those who struggle with substance abuse to also struggle with an additional mental illness or disorder. One of the more common dual diagnoses with Substance Abuse is Bipolar Disorder.  More than half of those seeking treatment for Bipolar Disorder are also in treatment for substance abuse. It’s important to understand […]

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Anger Management in Recovery

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Anger Management by Claire Godden “I don’t need anger management. I need everyone else to stop pissing me off” The topic of Anger Management during recovery must not be overlooked. An addict may be using substances to control or mask anger or to numb feelings in general. But numbing and, therefore, avoiding the feeling means […]

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Anxiety Disorder and Substance Abuse

anxiety disorder and substance abuse

Experiencing anxiety in life is inevitable. But it’s not all bad. Anxiety is a survival skill. In fact, anxiety played an important role in ancient humans. Thousands of years ago, when Homo Sapiens inhabited the earth, anxiety was used when taking action during immediate danger and problems. For example, a lion may appear in the […]

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