Monthly Archives: June 2015

How to Navigate Romantic Relationships Now That You’re Sober

June 29th, 2015|

Falling in Love the First Time… Sober! Most 12-step recovery programs strongly suggest that a person new to sobriety should not end or begin any personal relationships for the first year. That is good, sound practical advice. After all, how can you make an intelligent emotional decision about something as important as what you are still working on and rediscovering the new "old" you? Eventually, though, it's going to happen, whether it is nine months, a year, or even longer into your journey to recovery. At some point, you are going to meet someone, and

What You Need to Know About Medication-Assisted Recovery

June 29th, 2015|

What You Need to Know About Medication-Assisted Recovery “At its core, addiction isn’t just a social problem or a moral problem or a criminal problem. It's a brain problem whose behaviors manifest in all these other areas. Many behaviors driven by addiction are real problems and sometimes criminal acts. But the disease is about brains, not drugs. It's about underlying neurology, not outward actions." ~Dr. Michael Miller, past President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine In the not-too-distant past, alcohol and drug addiction was viewed – even by many doctors – as a moral

10 Reasons it’s Better to be Sober

June 29th, 2015|

10 Reasons it’s Better to be Sober If you’re an alcoholic or you’re addicted to drugs, you probably know that you should be sober, but you’re afraid of the feelings (either physical or emotional) that you might experience if you are. To help, we’ve put together a list of ten of the reasons it’s better to be sober. Hopefully this list will offer you some valuable insight into your own life, and highlight some reasons in your life why you should strive for sobriety. Your appearance will improve – It’s really amazing to imagine it

Everything You Need to Know About An Intervention

June 29th, 2015|

All About Interventions When you have a loved one who is abusing drugs or alcohol, knowing precisely what to do to help them can be stressful and confusing. Many people in your same situation have found that a properly-conducted intervention can be a powerful tool that can help the entire family regain their sanity whether or not the suffering addict/alcoholic regains their sobriety. What exactly IS an Intervention? Interventions are conversations with a specific goal in mind. An intervention is a direct, face-to-face talk between the person abusing drugs or alcohol and their loved ones.

How Can You Convince Someone to Go to Rehab?

June 29th, 2015|

There are few things in life that make you feel more helpless than to sit back and watch a loved one destroy themselves – and everyone around them – because of a substance abuse problem. Addiction is an insatiable disease, and unless its insidious progress is arrested, it will continue to take and take and take, until the person has nothing more to give, not even their life. The vast majority of people who are suffering from drug addiction or alcoholism are completely unable to stop on their own. They need professional help –

Signs You Have a Technology Addiction

June 1st, 2015|

What are the Signs of a Technology Addiction? Technology addictions can be just as harmful as other, more conventional types of addictions. Perhaps you think you might be encountering a technology addiction either within yourself, or for someone you care about, but you’re wondering what the signs are. Hopefully this article will offer you the insight you need so that you can understand how these types of addictions work and what to look for. Please keep in mind that most of the time, technology addiction refers to Internet addiction, although with the advancements in modern

5 Ways to Find Support When a Family Member is Addicted

June 1st, 2015|

It’s never easy to cope when one of your family members is dealing with an addiction, whether that person is addicted to alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription drugs. Of course, there are a host of other types of addictions that don’t include chemicals, such as technology addictions and sexual addictions. Regardless, you need help and you need a source of support. What do you do?It’s never easy to cope when one of your family members is dealing with an addiction, whether that person is addicted to alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription drugs. Of course, there

The Connection Between Anxiety and Addiction

June 1st, 2015|

When you suffer from anxiety, it’s very likely for you to also struggle with addiction. Experts have known that this anxiety-addiction connection exists for years, but if you one of the people who deals with this on a daily basis, you might be wondering why this is. Hopefully as we go over anxiety and addiction, you will begin to understand a little bit more about how the addictive brain works as well as how suffering from anxiety can make addiction so appealing. You’ll also learn how addiction recovery can assist you with overcoming your addiction

I’m Kinda Sober, Except For …

June 1st, 2015|

I would consider myself mostly sober.  I don't drink anymore and I don't use cocaine.  I do however, still smoke pot. Many would say it was a long road to becoming sober. Maybe you thought about going through Alcoholics Anonymous to do the Twelve Step Program and eventually, you'd even started helping others work on their own recoveries. The problem? You’re/I'm still smoking pot. While you might be surprised to learn this, many people who recently reached sobriety struggle with giving up their marijuana use for a variety of reasons. If you’re facing the same problem, please