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Have We Forgotten About Drunk Driving?

June 15th, 2019|

Alcohol-related accidents still kill up to 10,000 people every year in the US. One in three car accident deaths can be attributed to alcohol. There are plenty of warnings against drinking and driving. There are education programs and penalties that change someone’s life. Despite all of this, people are still driving while they’re intoxicated. Car accidents have taken more lives under the age of 24 than any other factor. Nearly half of those accidents involve alcohol. The CDC released a report about drinking and driving in Idaho. From 2003-2012, there were over 700 deaths

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The Serenity Prayer and the Meaning of TRUE Acceptance

May 23rd, 2019|

"God, grant me the Serenity to Accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference." ~ theologian Reinhold Niebuhr Recovery and 12-Step Fellowship Meetings around the world often begin in the same way – with the assembled group reciting the Serenity Prayer together. Early on in rehab, newly-sober addicts and alcoholics are taught to recite this prayer whenever they feel overwhelmed or tempted. But what do these words – serenity, acceptance, courage, and wisdom really MEAN? Let's take a closer look at each. "Get the

How to Finally Stop the Cycle of Abuse

May 1st, 2019|

Physical abuse occurs every 20 minutes in the US by an intimate partner. Every year, more than 10 million men and women experience emotional abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, and more. That’s 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men. During the cycle of abuse, the abuser will do everything they can to gain the power and control. All the tactics used are in an effort to make the victim subservient. Through the understanding and acceptance of the cycle of abuse, it can be treated. Getting help is the most important step which

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The Ultimate Guide to Romantic Relationships After Addiction

February 25th, 2019|

Sex, love, and dating are already complicated enough. Of course, things only get more complicated when addiction is added to the mix. Active addiction will destroy a romantic relationship every time. But a healthy, loving relationship with a recovering addict is possible. And if you’re a recovering addict yourself, don’t despair. By following the right precautions, you can successfully navigate the world of dating and find a thriving, supportive relationship. In this article, we’ll discuss tips for single people in recovery who are ready to date, the significant others of recovering addicts, and the

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Really Naked: How intimacy changes when you get sober

October 5th, 2018|

It does not come as much of a surprise that recovering addicts are often faced with the added challenge of recovering their relationships, particularly during the early stages of recovery. Reinvigorating and learning to grow healthy levels of intimacy is an integral part of addiction recovery. Since substance abuse (like alcoholism and drug addiction) are often associated with secrecy, isolation, and social distancing, recovering alcoholics and addicts often start from ground zero when it comes to rebuilding the most important relationships in their lives. Intimacy, in this way, does not simply mean sexual or

3 Signs Your Son or Daughter is Abusing Drugs or Alcohol

September 15th, 2018|

“It’s not the addict I hope will be grateful for my love. It’s my child. My child is the one who needs to see my strength. My devotion. My resolve. My child needs me to face down what has become his worst enemy. Not help it. My child is the one I want to see life beyond tomorrow.” ~ Sandy Swenson It can be difficult to know whether your son or daughter is abusing drugs or alcohol – particularly when college and work take them out of your daily life. If you are concerned that

The Link Between Anger and Alcoholism

August 5th, 2018|

“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.” ~ Buddha Feeling anger is part of being human. It’s an integral (and sometimes necessary) human emotion. From toddlers to old men, everyone experiences anger from time to time. But taken too far, anger can make existing addictions worse - and even become a drug of its own. Anger can often turn into a coping mechanism. It can be used to avoid other issues, emotions and experiences - like the abuse of alcohol. The difference is using anger in

Addictive Personality: Can You Really Have Too Much of a Good Thing?

June 14th, 2018|

“Addictive personality is not an actual psychiatric diagnosis. Personalities are very complex, and while there’s not one specific type that’s more prone to addiction than others, there are several factors that can combine to make you more likely to become addicted.” ~ Dr. Michael Weaver, MD, Medical Director, Center for Neurobehavioral Research on Addiction, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston The term “addictive personality” gets thrown around a lot –usually as a half-joking excuse from someone who overindulges in a relatively harmless behavior – binge-watching shows on Netflix or staying up late

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How To Stop Enabling Addiction And Start Enabling Recovery

March 4th, 2018|

Well-Meaning Friends And Family Members Can Mistake Help For Enabling If you have a relationship with someone who has an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it can be easy to get caught in the trap of enabling, which leads to codependency. When you see someone you care about struggling with a substance abuse problem, your first instinct is to want to help and offer support. However; this “help” and well-meaning “support” can actually have a reverse effect on the situation and make things worse. To put it another way, the Substance Abuse And Mental

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Nine Steps Family Members Can Take Right Away To Help An Addicted Loved One

February 22nd, 2018|

If Someone You Care About Has An Addiction Problem, You Should Take Immediate Action If you have a loved one who is struggling with addiction, there are certain steps you can take to help the person you care about. These steps should be taken right away. It is important to remember that addiction is a life-threatening condition that can result in premature death. If someone you care about has a substance abuse problem, you should take action immediately. Every minute counts. Having an addict in your life can be a stressful and confusing time.

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