Elizabeth Overcame Shame

It is amazing how quickly substance abuse can overshadow our dreams and overtake our lives.  People with addictions know how drugs and alcohol breed shame and guilt. Too often, they listen to those feelings of inadequacy, and do not seek help. Elizabeth Chance shared her story with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admistration […]

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Overcome Denial

It is very easy to minimize the severity of a substance abuse issue, and until an addict overcomes denial, the addiction persists and frequently deepens. Overcoming denial is not as easy as asking “Am I in denial about my substance use?” Fortunately, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) developed a simple seven question test so you […]

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Kyle Overcame his Denial of Mental Illness

“Get over it.” “It’s not that bad.” “I’m fine.”   Phrases such as these are used to shrug off the seriousness of a mental illness. People with mental disorders and their loved ones often deny that they are suffering from addiction, bipolar disorder, depression, PTSD, and any other number of medical ailments. It’s important to […]

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How to Overcome Fear and Get the Help You Need

You realize that your drug and alcohol use is out of control. Perhaps your friends or family have confronted you about excessive use and how it’s harming you and others. You know you need help with this problem. But something is holding you back: Fear. Every person with an addiction fears that something terrible will […]

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Emergency Responders and Law Enforcement

Emergency responders and law enforcement are continuously in traumatic circumstances. They are required to remain calm in these turbulent situations, so hiding their thoughts and feelings becomes a part of their work. Because of these stressors, many emergency responders turn to unhealthy coping methods. Alcohol and drug abuse among police, EMTs, paramedics, and firefighters is […]

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Suspecting Relapse of a Loved One

Once a loved one has successfully completed treatment and is living in recovery, we often feel relief, jubilation, and pride. There is always an underlying fear, however, that he or she has relapsed and returned to drugs or alcohol. On one hand, we want to be sources of support, love, and faith, so that they […]

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Depression and Chemical Dependency

As the late actor Robin Williams knew, chemical dependency and depression often go hand in hand. To alleviate the symptoms of depression, many people turn to mood-altering drugs and alcohol. Unfortunately, the side effects of chemical dependency can aggravate – and even increase – the symptoms of depression. Thankfully, there are a number of effective […]

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When One More Drink is Never Enough

In a 2006 the National Survey on Drug Use and Health interviewed 67,500 people regarding their alcohol consumption. More than 50% labeled themselves drinkers. In more recent studies by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 4% of U.S. citizens are suffering from the symptoms of the disease of alcoholism, with up to 10% […]

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An Addiction Recovery Community

The value of recovery community in alcohol and drug addiction cannot be understated. Hearing others communicate their feelings, challenges, and ideas becomes invaluable to the recovery process. Studies show that effective group therapy can make the difference between recovery and relapse, especially after treatment has ended. Recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism requires a safe, clean, and […]

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