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How Do You Enjoy The Big And The Small Stuff?

Life is meant to be enjoyed. We aren’t on this planet for all that long, and we seem to forget how fleeting our time here actually is. If you are constantly rushing through your days, or doing the exact same thing day in and day out, how can you enjoy and savor the moment atRead More

Why Can’t I Receive A Compliment?

For many of us, accepting a compliment can create an awkward and uncomfortable feeling. However, giving and receiving compliments are actions that create a sense of bonding between fellow humans. Addiction tends to destroy feelings of self-worth and not being able to accept a compliment can be indicative of low self-esteem and a lack ofRead More

Teenage Addiction

Think about this alarming statistic: 9 out of 10 people who abuse or are addicted to alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs, first started using these substances before they turned 18. Those who start using before age 15, are 7 times more likely to have a substance use disorder than those who started using at ageRead More

What Are The Most Common, Most Difficult Addictions?

Defined, addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease with symptoms of compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. Addiction isn’t a choice; the first use may have been, but the disease is not. Substances change the way the brain works, and some may have more impact on a person’s physiology and behavior than otherRead More

Tame Your Fears

Fearfulness is a driving force of addiction, and it usually follows us into recovery. It’s normal to have fears, and it would be worrisome not to. Some fears are healthy, while others are not. Taking fears to extremes can cause a lot of unnecessary discomfort, but not paying attention to fears can put us inRead More

Routines and Rituals

Routines and rituals sound similar, and they are, except for the attitude or motivation behind each. Both are important in recovery because they provide structure. Usually, active addiction means little to no structure. Our days were filled with craving, planning how to get our next fix, drinking or using, and repeating the whole cycle overRead More

Be Flexible and Open to Change

If you are new in recovery, prepare yourself because you are going to have to change a lot of everything, and people will tell you as much. If you are open and willing to do so, your journey in sobriety will be smoother than the journey of someone who fights the process. Recovering addicts andRead More

What Are the Faces of Meth?

If you’ve ever seen the campaign against methamphetamine use, you may have seen a series of jail booking photos of people. In the first photo of each individual’s arrest, they look fairly healthy. As time goes on and the arrests accumulate, the booking photos are grossly different. They appear as though decades have passed, thoughRead More

Rough Seas and Calm Water

Just like the ocean, sobriety has its moments of rough seas and calm water. It all starts with detox, which can be extremely rough and sometimes deadly if not done under medical supervision. The first week in particular can be difficult on people, but if detox medications are given, the process is much more comfortable.Read More

Will My Addictive Thoughts Stop?

The thoughts that course through an addict or alcoholic’s mind can be cunning, baffling, and powerful. The disease of addiction is one that is like no other disease in that it “talks” to those who have it. The things it tells us are full of conniving trickery that if listened to, will kill us. InRead More