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03 Sep Depression vs. Sadness- How to Tell the Difference

One of the most common co-occurring disorders accompanying addiction is depression. This disorder can leave us feeling unmotivated, tired, and can even cause physical pain. It can be impossible to manage addiction when depression is rocking the boat, so it’s essential that this disorder be...

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25 Jul Daily Recovery Tasks

There’s so much going on during addiction recovery. Often times we feel there is so much to accomplish. The whole thing can be very overwhelming.  We must not forget how important it is to take our recovery one day at a time (or even one...

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25 Jul Expanding Our Recovery

In the early days of recovery, we don’t have a lot of time to live a well-rounded life. It takes all of our focus just to stay clean, but it won’t always be that way. As we get stronger, we’ll start to feel like branching...

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25 Jul Making a Plan to Prevent Relapse

Addiction recovery is a two-steps-forward-one-step-back process as we fight tooth and nail for every success along the way. Backsliding is bound to happen in some form or another. In almost every case, these difficult moments provide us valuable insights into where we need improvement, and...

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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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