Monthly Archives: January 2015

5 Ways Good Nutrition Can Help in Addiction Recovery

January 26th, 2015|

As you plan for your short and long-term recovery, you might be tempted to stock up on brownies and candy. After all, if you have to give up one addiction, it just makes sense that you'd be allowed to indulge – at least a little. No two recoveries are alike, and it's up to you to find an approach to recovery that works. If you need to gain 20 pounds to get sober, so be it, since nothing is worse for your health than addiction. Good nutrition, though, plays a powerful role in the fight

Sponsorships Dos and Don’ts

January 15th, 2015|

Ready to Choose a Sponsor? Sponsorships Dos and Don'ts Sponsors figure prominently in the 12-step model of recovery, and research suggests that the simple act of working with a sponsor can greatly increase your odds of sobriety success. Choose the wrong sponsor, though, and you could be stuck working with someone you don't like who offers you little help on your journey to recovery. If you want to make the most of this unique relationship, follow these simple rules. Do: Choose Someone Who Understands Your Values A sponsor isn't a mental health expert or a

January Meditation: Gratitude

January 12th, 2015|

Gratitude I am grateful for my relationship with a Higher Power that cares for me. IP No. 21, The Loner Belief in a Higher Power can make all the difference when the going gets tough! When things don't go our way in recovery, our sponsor may direct us to make a "gratitude list." When we do, we should include our faith in a Power greater than ourselves on the list. One of the greatest gifts we receive from the Twelve Steps is our belief in a God of our own understanding. The Twelve Steps gently

Is Your Hobby Actually an Addiction? 5 Signs You Have a Behavioral Addiction

January 10th, 2015|

It's not just drugs that can warp your mind, undermine your health, and harm your family relationships. Behavioral addictions are just as dangerous, and you might be surprised to learn that they can cause the same chemical changes in your brain as drugs. The difference, though, is that most potentially addictive behaviors – sex, shopping, and playing video games, for example – are also healthy, normal parts of everyday life. Thus it can be tough to determine whether you're just unusually enthusiastic about a hobby or dangerously addicted. These five signs, though, strongly suggest that

Study Finds Even Occasional Heroin Use Can Worsen HIV

January 2nd, 2015|

Heroin remains one of the most addictive drugs in the world, with a protracted withdrawal process that can be extremely challenging. Nevertheless, not all heroin users are addicts, though heroin use almost inevitably eventually leads to addiction. Recreational heroin addicts are drawn to the drug's powerful feelings of euphoria. And even though most users eventually become addicted, almost all insist that they'll be the exception to the rule. According to a new study, though, even recreational heroin use could place your life in mortal danger. Heroin Worsens HIV Heroin users face a high risk of