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25 Jul Transferring Addiction and Breaking Bad Habits

It’s not uncommon for those of us who are recovering from one addiction to find ourselves gravitating toward another addictive substance or behavior. The rationale behind this behavior is that if a lesser addiction or habit helps to take the edge off of withdrawals and...

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30 Aug Recovering Addicts Helping Other Addicts

When an addict surfaces from the ravages of his disease and finds his life is miraculously beginning to take a healthy shape, it’s natural to want to help others to overcome their addictions as well. Many times, this desire takes the form of participating in...

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30 Aug Addiction Treatment Drugs

Over the past few decades, new prescription drugs have been developed that aid in the addiction recovery process. These drugs serve a wide range of purposes, from decreasing withdrawal symptoms to making drug use less desirable. While addiction treatment drugs are not a cure for...

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30 Aug Are Prescription Drugs a New Gateway Drug?

Recent studies have shown that those addicted to injected drugs, such as heroin, oftentimes started out using prescription opioids, or painkillers. Research has found that 4 out of 5 injection drug users abused prescription drugs before switching to heroin. There are many reasons prescription drug...

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30 Aug Bouncing Back After a Relapse

Every addict is at risk for a relapse; it's a common part of the disease. Even if a person in recovery feels he is sticking to his relapse prevention plan, sometimes relapses still happen. Any good relapse prevention plan should include ideas about what an...

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30 Aug Dealing With Cravings

Managing cravings is an unavoidable part of recovery that every addict has to deal with. As his brain’s supply of the addictive substance runs out, an addict will begin to experience feelings of withdrawal that include anything from discomfort or annoyance to more dramatic side...

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30 Aug Relying on Willpower

Before seeking treatment, many addicts attempt to control their disease on their own by sheer willpower. They tell themselves that they don’t have a problem and they can get a handle on things whenever they want to. Many addicts go through a cycle of rallying...

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30 Aug Al-Anon: 12 Steps for Those Supporting an Addict

Just like addicts have 12-step support groups available to them, the families and loved ones of those supporting an addict have this resource available to them, too. Oftentimes, the loved ones of an addict are in need of some counseling and support themselves as they...

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30 Aug Rule 62 and the Healing Power of Humor

There are 12 steps in the Alcoholics Anonymous program that are meant to guide recovery for those seeking to overcome addiction. There aren’t any rules associated with AA, but anyone who’s been to a few meetings has heard of references to rule 62, always in...

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27 Jun The Dangers of Mixing Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol is a depressant and mixing it with other drugs will have one of three results:An additive reaction is when the two drugs work along the same pathways in the body, doubling the effects.A synergistic reaction is when the combination of the drugs is greater...

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