National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is taking place in Nampa, Idaho on October 27, 2018. This event is an important one, and if you have old medications lying around your home, it is one you should not miss. Like many people, you probably keep your prescription pain pills and other drugs in a medicine cabinet. You may have a difficult time letting them go because you wonder, what if I need them later on? There are some very good reasons why you should not hang on to them, and we will cover those in
The holidays are right around the corner. To this, many will shout, “Cheers! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Others will, say, “Bah Humbug!” It really doesn’t matter which category you fall into. The reality is, the months of November and December can be a challenging time for people in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction. To help you along your recovery journey, we have put together a list of 25 tips to help you stay sober for the holidays. Here goes: #1 Make The Commitment to
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
Drinking alcohol is fun for a few years until the constant hangovers take hold. The benefits of quitting FAR outweigh the benefits of drinking. Quitting alcohol can feel impossible. It’s especially difficult for those who are addicted to it. Oftentimes, alcoholics feel as if, for them, there is no life without booze. Despite all of the negative side effects it has on their life, they continue to drink. Unfortunately, too many people are stuck in the prison of alcoholism. As the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism tells us, more than 15 million
When a person is seeking treatment for a substance abuse disorder such as alcoholism or addiction to illicit or prescription drugs, there are a number of treatment options that, when used in combination, can prove particularly effective. One of the “tried and true” tools that a professional addiction counselor uses to help people struggling with addictive disorders is group therapy. The Benefits of Group Therapy During Addiction Recovery An addiction recovery group can be a valuable tool to help a person maintain sobriety in the early days of treatment and for the long term.
Many People Don’t Get Substance Abuse Treatment Because They Want To Keep Their Job If you have a substance abuse problem, it’s completely normal for you to want to keep this information from your employer. Most people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol believe that having a problem with addiction will result in immediate termination. No one wants to be fired from a job. Not only can this be embarrassing, it can negatively impact someone’s career and have long-term consequences. However; you should not be ashamed if you have a problem with drugs
You May Not Love Russell Brand For His Comedy – But You Gotta Love The Guy For His Recovery Russell Brand isn’t for everybody. He’s an acquired taste. The 42-year-old British comic and movie star is quite controversial, making a name for himself with his outrageous stand-up comedy and notorious public antics. Starring in movies Get Him to the Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall – and famous for his two-year marriage to rocker girl Katy Perry – he’s the kind of guy you either love or hate (or love to hate). But, one thing
Liver Repair: How to Physically Heal from Alcohol Abuse Depending on what stage you are in your alcoholism, you may have caused serious damage to your liver. You have heard the expression, “What’s done is done.” This is not always the case with your liver. Because it is a regenerative organ, physically healing your it from years of alcohol abuse is possible. Can the Liver Repair Itself After Years of Drinking? The liver is your body’s only regenerative organ. You are probably aware of the chameleon and how it can regrow its own tail.
A Career in Addiction Counseling After having the spiritual awakening promised in Step 12, many people dedicate their lives to carrying the message of recovery to the still-suffering addict or alcoholic. These fortunate few are committed to saving the world from the darkness of addiction – one lost soul at a time. For some, this means running a halfway house. For others, it means sponsoring people. For tens of thousands of recovering addicts and alcoholics every year, it includes a career in addiction counseling. Before you make a career move, learn what it’s really
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