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Leaving a Legacy of Sobriety

Whether or not you know it, you are building a legacy. If you were to die today and could read your obituary, what would it say? Author Jim Rohn once said that the legacy we leave is part of the ongoing foundations of life. Every day that you are alive, you write another line of your legacy. You decide if it is going to be positive or negative. Even if you’ve made mistakes in the past, those mistakes do not define...

Learning to Trust the Method in Treatment

Once you have made the difficult decision to seek help and enter treatment, you will find there is a lot of letting go for you to do. You will be letting go of the substance you are addicted to. You will be letting go of old, destructive habits that led you to be in this addictive state. You will be letting go of old haunts and so-called friends who were a part of your days of addiction. You also will be letting go...

How to Talk to a Friend About Their Depression

Watching a friend succumb to depression is heartbreaking. At first, you may even question your assessment of the situation, and you may eventually wonder if you are overreacting. Chances are that you are not overreacting, so, the sooner you talk about the elephant in the room, the better your friend’s chances of recovering become. However, before you break the silence, first understand what defines depression as a...

3 Important Truths of Sobriety

Recovery gives you a dynamic opportunity to escape addiction and to get a fresh start. Along the way, you also get an education, because most recovering alcoholics have much to learn—from how to withstand cravings and avoid triggers to how they can repair their relationships and financial credit. As a result, it is normal to feel overwhelmed from time to time, so try to keep things simple and focus on...

Will I Succeed in Rehab if I’m Antisocial?

When you seek rehabilitation from an addiction of any kind, the medical professionals you turn to for help will consider your particular issues, needs and limitations when trying design the best course of action for your treatment. If you have social anxiety or are antisocial, for instance, you may be concerned about what treatment that will involve, since most formal treatment modalities involve group settings....

How to Foster Discipline in Your Life

While in rehab, many recovering addicts discover the power of self-control. At first glance, the prospect of fostering discipline might seem boring, but training yourself to lead a more orderly life yields untold benefits, especially for recovering alcoholics and the chaos that comes with sobriety. To learn more about healthy ways to take control of your life, seek professional help. Structure: The Key that Keeps...

Convincing a Parent that They Need Help for Substance Abuse

Be as loving as possible and if your parent doesn’t want to talk about something When you have a parent who struggles with a substance abuse problem, you may not know what to do. This is understandably a very difficult situation. You may have even tried to say something to your parent about your concerns. The truth is your parent could have been hiding substance abuse for years and you just didn’t know about it....

Why Can’t I Have Just One Drink?

One question puzzles nearly every problem drinker, and often their family and close friends, too: Why can’t an alcoholic have just one drink? Indeed, the desire to be able to drink normally, which is usually defined by an ability to control consumption and, subsequently, avoid negative consequences, can become an obsession for alcoholics in recovery. Some even enter rehab with the false hope that getting the right...

What to Do After Treatment for Benzos

When benzodiazepines were introduced in the late 1950s, doctors lauded them as safe and less habit-forming then other tranquilizers. Overnight, benzos became the most frequently prescribed class of psychoactive drugs available. That upward trend is still accelerating. From 1998 to 2008, abuse of benzos including Ativan, Xanax and Klonopin tripled, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services...

Walking a Common Path to Recovery

No matter what form of addiction you struggle with, you face many of the same challenges all addicts face. So if you personally are addicted to alcohol, someone who is addicted to drugs faces many of the same cravings and temptations. Addiction takes many forms and does not limit itself to substance abuse; you can be addicted to shopping, gambling, food or even sex. Psychology Today defines addiction as a condition...

The Relief of Not Being in Complete Control

When you struggle with substance abuse, you spend a lot of time either hiding it from members of your family, your friends, your boss and possibly the police or local authorities. You spend a lot of time using and thinking about using. You might not realize it, but this takes a toll on your mental health. Addiction is a chronic disease that affects your brain. Just like any other disease, your vulnerability to...

The First 4 Steps in Stopping Your Drug Use

You know you have a problem with drugs, and you want to stop using. You are facing the consequences of drug abuse: broken relationships, deteriorating physical health, mental health issues and likely money problems. You know that staying on this path of substance abuse is not worth it. Only pain and death will result if you continue to use drugs. This is a very important step—making the choice to live an entirely...

Mending Personal Relationships in Recovery

When you are an addict, the number one relationship in your life is with that particular substance or activity. Because of this, the other relationships around you that suffer tremendously. Your loved ones become crippled with fear, anger and grief as you continue to choose unhealthy behavior despite the consequences. In the United States, more than 10% of children live in homes with alcohol problems.[1] In some...

Giving Back: Why Giving Is a Great Way to Receive

When you were a kid, hearing the saying, “It is better to give than to receive” probably didn’t seem like it could really be true. Mahatma Gandhi once said that “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others,” and Buddha is well known for espousing generosity. The concept was also outlined centuries ago in the Bible, but it’s all a little bit counterintuitive. It’s better...

An Overview of Addiction Treatment Credentials and What They Mean

If you or someone you love is in need of treatment program for substance use, you should do your homework before deciding on a program. There is no “one size fits all” treatment; a program should be tailored to fit an individual’s needs and often involves a combination of medication and counseling. But who is doing the counseling and prescribing the medications? It’s important for you to know and to feel...

4 Ways Going with the Flow in Rehab Is the Right Decision

Entering rehab is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself. Professional treatment can spark a revolution in your life. It can teach you to cope with stresses in positive ways, rediscover your passions and redirect your pursuits—all without the crutch of alcohol. Learning new ways of thinking in professional treatment can be exciting and empowering. But transformation can also trigger anxiety. This is...

3 Arguments in Favor of Rehab

It is common to face some resistance whether you want a loved one to go receive treatment or even if you are just debating going to rehab yourself. Whatever the details are of your situation, there will always be reasons that you may want to use for not going to rehab. The folowing are three arguments you may have—with others or even with yourself—about getting treatment: The Timing Is Not Right to Go to...

What’s the Difference Between the Different Types of Interventions?

Addiction has an uncanny ability to distort an addict’s perception of her situation. Substance abuse changes the psychological function of the brain in such a powerful way that most addicts are simply unable to comprehend just how dangerous and hurtful their conditions have become for both themselves and those around them. For this reason, many addicts require confrontation to seek the help they need; in the...

What to Do When You Are Feeling Overwhelmed

Even the most organized and successful people have times when they feel overwhelmed. You may get this feeling regularly or rarely, but when it happens, you feel like you are going to explode. There is too much to do in too short of a time and everyone is counting on you. It may help to know that you are not alone. A recent report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) indicates about 3.7...

The Value of Support When Coping with Depression and Anxiety

When you are in recovery, having adequate support can literally be the difference between staying clean or going into relapse. This may sound extreme, but it is the truth. Support is absolutely essential to recovery and in many ways, it is the foundation of recovery. As an alcoholic, you will likely face more challenges and temptations than someone who is addicted to say, heroin or methamphetamine. This is because...

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