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Moderation and Addiction: A Myth?

If alcoholics and addicts knew how to moderate their drinking and drugging, would addiction even exist? The answer seems fairly obvious, because no one who has been in the throes of addiction would ever choose that lifestyle. If it were possible for those of us with the disease of addiction to have “only one” thenRead More

GHB: 5 Things You Should Know

Commonly known as the “date rape” drug, and also by street names: liquid X, liquid ecstasy, liquid G, Georgia Home Boy, and gamma-oh, GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate) is not only administered to unknowing victims for sexual assault, but it is also abused by teens and young adults. Its intoxicating effects make it impossible for an individual toRead More

Tell-Tale Signs of a Cocaine Addict

Cocaine is a widely used illicit drug, and has been for quite some time. It was even an ingredient in its namesake cola until the drug was banned in the United States. As its popularity continues, so does the risk and prevalence of addiction. Stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine are highly addictive, and if youRead More

Fear of Commitment

The disease of addiction is riddled with fear. Addicts and alcoholics are runners from everything that feels frightening or that threatens our here and now. Fears of loneliness, success, failure, and the unknown can plague us in addiction. The fear of commitment is no different. This particular fear can prevent us from achieving lifelong recovery.Read More

Why You Can Have Hope in Recovery

The reason why you can have hope in recovery, is because recovery itself is hopeful. In active addiction, hope is nowhere to be found and lonely despair fills our small world. In the dark hours of drinking and using, we as addicts and alcoholics can only hope for it all to end, to never feelRead More

Will I Ever Have Fun Again?

Almost everyone who chooses recovery has asked the question, “Will I ever have fun again?” It’s an interesting question, especially since addiction has zapped every ounce of fun out of our lives. Most people who come to treatment don’t get there because their lives were going so well, rather, they’re here because recovery or deathRead More

Why Me? Why Am I an Addict?

If you have asked yourself these questions, you are not alone. There are millions of us who have cursed the disease of addiction out loud, wondering why we have it or what did we to deserve it. For one, no one deserves to experience the misery of addiction, just like no one deserves contracting cancer.Read More

Clean vs. Sober

The terms, “clean” and “sober” are most often used in the Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) fellowships, respectively. In NA, the language is addict and clean, and in AA, it’s alcoholic and sober. There is a lot of debate about what each means, but from a medical and recovery standpoint, they are oneRead More

Why Rehab Romance Is a Bad Idea

If you have never been in treatment or are considering going, you may (or may not) be surprised to hear that relationships with other addicts or alcoholics in treatment and early recovery are strongly discouraged. There is good reasoning behind this, and it may be to your benefit to heed the advice. When we comeRead More

Why Should Mental Health Care be a Part of Addiction Treatment?

Mental health and addiction are like two peas in a pod. More often than not, individuals seeking treatment for addiction also have co-occurring mental disorders that must be addressed. Mood and anxiety disorders are commonly diagnosed in chemically dependent people. The percentage of individuals with severe mental disorders and substance use disorders is also high.Read More