The Power of Admitting Powerlessness

THE POWER OF ADMITTING POWERLESSNESS The First Step toward Addiction Recovery   The first step of a 12-step program is to admit that you are powerless over your addiction, and consequently, your life has become unmanageable. For many, this is one of the hardest things to do. While it is important to believe in your […]

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Interventions

Interventions What to do when a loved one has a drug or alcohol problem. Perhaps a family member or a friend of yours has a drug problem and you are concerned about them. Maybe you have witnessed this person go through some depression or health problems, trouble at work or school or even an accident […]

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Helping Children Understand Addiction

  Helping small children understand alcoholism or drug addiction in the family can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there is a wealth of advice to draw upon, especially if your loved one has entered treatment. Even if your loved one has not entered treatment, addiction professionals can help small children process and cope with a […]

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Drug Abuse Myths: Learn the Facts

Drug Abuse Myths There are many myths surrounding drug usage and abuse. Debunking these untruths is the first step in understanding how dangerous and widespread the problem of drug abuse can be.  Drug abuse is voluntary. While it is true that an individual often begins by voluntarily, even recreationally, using a drug, as time progresses […]

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4 Reasons to Exercise During Addiction Recovery

Many who abuse drugs or alcohol neglect important components of daily health, wreaking havoc on both emotional and physical well being. It is important to repair the psychological and physical damage of chemical dependency as well as the damaged mind-body connection. Exercise in chemical dependency treatment serves many purposes, but there are some primary benefits […]

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Outgrowing 12-Step Meetings

Outgrowing 12-Step Meetings – When and How to Change your Recovery Plan Is there something missing from your group? Have the dynamics of the group changed? Do the meeting times make it difficult to attend? Would you rather be doing something else? In the first year of recovery, 12-Step meetings are an important part of […]

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Alcohol 101: Ten Facts You Didn’t Know

ALCOHOL 101 Learning New Facts and Remembering What You Forgot Think you know everything you need to about alcohol? Guess again. This Alcohol 101 primer will not only teach you new things but also remind you of facts you may have forgotten. 1.  One drink is not necessarily one serving of alcohol.  One serving of […]

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The Addicted Brain

UC Berkeley researchers recently released findings that could be critical to understanding the addicted brain. The team led by Jordan Wallis, an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at UC Berkeley, examined how activity in two specific areas of the brain affects our ability to make decisions. Earlier research had demonstrated that individuals with damage […]

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Women and Prescription Drug Abuse

The 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimated that 2.4 million Americans abused prescription drugs for the first time within the past year. More than one half of them were female, and two-thirds of those were over the age of 17. That means approximately 800,000 adult females began abusing prescription drugs that […]

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