Category Archives: Addiction

Alternatives to 12-Step Addiction Recovery

12 Step Alternative Programs

While many drug and alcohol rehab centers have a focus on the 12 steps in the overall healing process, there are alternative programs that you should be aware of. This is perhaps of particular importance to those who want to overcome addiction to toxic substances but don’t like the idea of or don’t feel comfortable with any program that emphasizes a higher power.
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My Way or Yours? Different Paths to Healing From Addiction All Count

Healing and Recovering from AddictionWhen you hear about a path to healing from addiction, the tendency is to think that there’s only one way to heal. Nothing could be further from the truth, for there are many paths to healing and no single one is the be-all and end-all. In addition, what works for me may not be appropriate for you. By the same token, just because you have a program you’ve put together that’s effective and seems to produce beneficial results, while you can recommend your strategies and tips to another, that doesn’t mean that they’ll have the same outcomes.
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7 Tips to Get Past Procrastination in Recovery

Recovery ProgressWhen you’re in recovery, especially early recovery, you have a lot of things on your to-do list. While it’s understandable that you might feel a bit overwhelmed, at least at first, you have every reason to expect that you’ll come to some manageable way of working your way through everything you want and need to do. There are, however, the inevitable gaps and slow-downs that you will encounter, particularly in your own tendency to procrastinate. Here are seven tips to help you get past them.
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Will I Become Addicted to Painkillers After My Surgery?

Addiction to Pain Killers After SurgeryWith growing concerns about opioid addiction, many people are leery of taking these drugs after surgery. But even though prolonged pain during the recovery period can lead to an elevated risk of chronic opioid use, that’s no reason to put off or avoid an operation, say the authors of a new study by the Stanford University School of Medicine that looked at opioid dependence in more than 640,000 post-surgery patients.
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Resources Abound for Families Helping Addicted Loved Ones

Resources for Family Members

When there’s a loved one in the family struggling with addiction, it isn’t just that person who’s in need of support but everyone concerned. Addiction affects the entire family — sometimes devastatingly so. Not only does the loved one with the addiction need treatment in order to overcome the disease, but family members need corresponding support in order to best help their struggling loved one. The question is what are the supports available to families in helping an addicted loved one and where are they?

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Why Do Addicts Lie?

Why Addicts LieThis is a common question among the families and friends of addicts. And even addicts themselves, as they get into recovery, may be surprised at the utter lack of honesty in their lives. They may have considered themselves ethical people over all, just problem drinkers. The rest of life was OK. Or so they thought.
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Can Drugs Ever Be Recreational?


With the pros and cons of recreational marijuana legalization being debated and even voted on around the country, discussing the dangers of drugs as a form of recreation has become more important. Teens and children soak up the prevailing attitude toward drugs and can be influenced to believe that marijuana and other substances are harmless or at least low risk. Recreational drug use has never been, and still isn’t, safe.

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