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Unrealistic Expectations Drive Us Deeper Into Addiction

April 27th, 2016 Blog
What’s wrong with trying to control life? What’s wrong with holding the people around us to a higher standard? The problem is that addicts expend a lot of energy trying to micromanage the universe and the people in it. What happens when people and circumstances don’t measure up? We’re angry, disappointed, de more...

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3 Things Rehab Isn’t

April 22nd, 2016 Blog
If drug or alcohol use is starting to complicate your life, you may be ready to consider whether inpatient rehab is right for you. What should you expect when you check yourself in for help with an addiction? To better understand what rehab is, here’s a look at what it isn’t: (more…) more...

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3 Things We Need in the Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse

April 15th, 2016 Blog
It was just a few years ago that the nation at last awakened to the deadly consequences of its love affair with prescription opioid painkillers and scrambled to put into place strategies to combat what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has labeled the worst drug epidemic in U.S. history. (more&hell more...

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How to Love an Addict Without Being an Enabler

April 8th, 2016 Blog
It is easy to fall into the trap of enabling an addict. It feels like love, but enabling only harms the addict and your relationship with him. If you love an addict, you can be supportive, loving and caring without enabling the addiction and the addictive behaviors. The first step is to recognize whether you are an ena more...

Alcohol Addiction Therapy and Rehabilitation

April 1st, 2016 Blog
Alcohol is a widely-available, legal, and dangerously addictive drug that acts as a depressant and negatively affects every organ in the body. Although some people can consume alcohol safely and in small amounts, many become trapped in a devastating spiral of addiction before they even know they are the victims of subs more...

My Experience Writing “No More Vodka in My Orange Juice”

March 25th, 2016 Blog
Writing my autobiography, No More Vodka in My Orange Juice: My Path to Clarity Way, allowed me to reflect on my own life. I am beyond grateful I was able to find recovery. Without the support of my family, friends, and treatment experiences, I wouldn’t have had the courage to take the steps toward sobriety. Since more...

Amy Winehouse – The Importance of Safe Detox

March 17th, 2016 Blog
The tragedy surrounding Amy Winehouse’s death has had a somber effect on the entire world, and as the questions and hope for answers begins, the conversation swiftly turns to her tumultuous history with drug and alcohol abuse and the part it played in her death. Winehouse’s substance use has always been a large more...

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Washington, D.C., Sees Spike in Overdoses on Synthetic Marijuana

March 11th, 2016 Blog
At least seven people staying at a District of Columbia homeless shelter had to be hospitalized after overdosing on synthetic marijuana, re-igniting concerns about the risks of “fake pot.” The story underlines the problem of synthetic marijuana—often labeled “not for human consumption”—and shows, yet again, more...

Learning to Love Your Sober Self

March 3rd, 2016 Blog
If you have been using or abusing drugs or alcohol for any length of time, you have been in the habit of distorting reality. Through addiction to mind-altering chemicals, you have found a way to avoid facing painful or uncomfortable feelings, and most of the time you have been completely numb on an emotional level. ( more...

The Genetics Behind Addiction
The Genetics Behind Addiction

January 28th, 2016 Blog
Researchers believe a complex mixture of genetics, family history, social history, and environment combine to influence each person’s propensity for addiction. You are not a product of your genes, but your genes can influence how quickly you become addicted to substances. Looking for the Addiction Gene Research more...
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