Achieving Long-Term Recovery

Achieving Long-Term Recovery

Achieving Long-Term Recovery Once abstinent from drugs and alcohol, a recovering person will still have problems and struggles. We still continue to learn about ourselves with each year.  A changed life brings changed issues.  However, the good news is that we are also able to see the things that happen to us with just a tiny bit more perspective.  By the time we reach double-digit recovery most of us have had at least one or two experiences of something we were sure wasn’t supposed to happen.  Nonetheless, we have the experience of finding that these events often turn out to be spiritual lessons, or stepping-stones, to something really wonderful happening… Read More

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Selecting The Right Treatment Center

Selecting The Right Treatment Center

Selecting The Right Treatment Center Nоt аll treatment centers аrе created еԛuаl.  When уоu’rе selecting ѕоmеthіng аѕ important as thе rіght trеаtmеnt сеntеr tо battle alcohol оr drug dереndеnсіеѕ, іt’ѕ crucial that you do your hоmеwоrk ѕо thаt уоu choose a fасіlіtу with the bеѕt рrоgrаm for уоur nееdѕ tо hеlр уоu dеtоx and thеn start lіfе in rесоvеrу.  Nоt everyone seeking treatment for drug abuse or аlсоhоl addiction vаluеѕ the ѕаmе thіngѕ. Anyone аttеndіng a drug оr аlсоhоl аbuѕе trеаtmеnt рrоgrаm muѕt be аblе to fосuѕ оn rесоvеrу so thаt the іndіvіduаl can learn how tо maintain sobriety whеn once in a real world setting.  In order fоr раtіеntѕ… Read More

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Drug Detox

The Trauma-Addiction Bond

The Trauma-Addiction Bond Our experiences as children may consciously and subconsciously affect how we go through life.  Those of whom are in the addiction spectrum are different to others because we feel a greater amount of sensitivity, especially to trauma, when compared with the norm.  Addicts are sensitive people for the most part.  We may just be born this way and this is possibly at the root of all addiction and co-dependency. If you ask any addict the following question, the response is usually predictable:  “Were you more sensitive as a child than siblings and peers?”  The common answer is:  “Of course I was.”  So how does this work?  It… Read More

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Addiction & Relationships

Addiction & Relationships

Addiction & Relationships An addiction is a relationship. When someone is addicted to a substance and/or a behavior, that person is in a relationship with their substance or behavior of choice, the same as if they were involved with a person. Further, the relationship with the object of their addiction is the most important relationship in his/her life. He or she will do anything to protect that relationship and keep it alive, i.e. deny it, lie about it, cover it up, minimize it, blame others, etc. When a person with an addiction enters into a significant relationship, he or she is not entering into that relationship alone. Rather, he or… Read More

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Marijuana Maintenance

While it may be hard to deny certain medical uses and benefits of medical marijuana, it is important to keep in mind that there is little to no research about the trigger effect that marijuana may have on addicts/alcoholics in recovery. Some undesirable side effects of marijuana include increased heart rate, appetite and sensory perception and diminished coordination. Marijuana has been noted to cause short-term memory loss, anxiety, paranoia and even psychotic episodes. There has been little research on its trigger effect on schizophrenia but, it is believed that marijuana use amongst adolescents with a predisposition to schizophrenia can be detrimental in the onset of the disorder. Some users may… Read More

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