Building Self-Esteem

One of the causes and consequences of drug or alcohol addiction is low self-esteem. Part of holistic treatment includes rebuilding that positive self-image.  Having that confidence in one’s own abilities and worth makes long-term recovery easier to achieve. During and after drug or alcohol rehabilitation, take an active role in building your teen’s self-esteem. These seven […]

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Why Giving Up Drugs is Bad

  “Knowing when you’ve had enough” requires a greater commitment, greater sacrifice, and greater resolve. Many people with addiction look at their lives from rock bottom and simply say, “enough.” They see drug and alcohol abuse as the cause of their problems, not a solution nor an outside occurrence. Those who say “enough” aren’t trading […]

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To Live in Recovery

  Oscar Wilde declared, “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist. That is all.” He saw how so many people wasted their lives pursuing something that was difficult to obtain and easily lost. Instead, he implored his readers to do one thing: live. An active chemical dependence to drugs and alcohol […]

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Marijuana Guide

Marijuana has changed a lot in the past two decades, and research has revealed more about the drug’s effects. Knowing more about marijuana allows you to make an more informed decision on legalizing or using the drug for recreational purposes. We hope this guide will help you and your family better understand marijuana use, and […]

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Break Up with Your Friends

Entering recovery from addiction also means you need to break up with friends who are involved with drugs and alcohol. This may be a temporary separation from your party-going buds, or permanently leaving behind people in the thick of drug culture. It is hard to give up people who seem to care for you, but necessary. […]

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When Death Looks Appealing

Brett Young looked at himself and saw very little worth saving. Addiction had taken control of his life. His successful career did not matter to his addiction. His growing family did not matter to his addiction. The harm he caused to himself and others did not matter to his addiction. Brett knew his drug use was […]

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Begin Meditating

Do you think meditating is only for certain kinds of people? Like the Zen master sitting by a placid lake. Or perhaps you think of the quiet monk meditating behind old walls. Or maybe, you think of a New Age retreat, with people sitting in a circle meditating. Meditation is for all these people, and […]

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3 Things to Know About the Heroin Vaccine

After Time magazine published an article on Kim Janda’s heroin vaccine, there’s been a renewed interest in getting this drug. Before you go out looking for a panacea for addiction, take a moment to read this. 1. Your Doctor Cannot Give You the Heroin Vaccine The vaccine has yet to be approved by the FDA. Kim […]

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Drinking More After Retirement

After years of hard work, many people celebrate retirement with raised glasses, toasting to a successful career and to a future of relaxation. When everyone goes home and the cake is cleaned, some retirees don’t put the glass down. A recent Cornell University study has shown retirees at high risk for alcohol abuse. An estimated six […]

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Five Tips to Heal a Family

Parenting a teenager is demanding enough. A teen in treatment for alcohol and drug abuse adds a whole new set of challenges.  Addiction has altered your family’s life. Things will not be as they were before drugs and alcohol. Your lives will continue to undergo transformation as your teen undergoes treatment. Take time to heal […]

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