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The Effects of Alcoholism on Marriage

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Many people who are addicted to alcohol try to convince themselves that their disease is not affecting those around them. Anyone who has lived with an alcoholic knows this is not true; alcoholism affects the whole family and it ruins marriages.

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Abusing ADHD Medications Leads to Illicit Drug Use - Adolescent Growth

Abusing ADHD Medications Leads to Illicit Drug Use - Adolescent Growth | My Road to Recovery | Scoop.it

Teens who abuse ADHD medications are more likely to abuse illicit drugs when they get older. When the effects of Adderall or Ritalin are no longer enough, many turn to cocaine or heroin to get high. The attitude of disrespect that many teens today are developing toward prescription medications is making them more willing to experiment with street drugs as they get older. It is important that we educate our young people today about the dangers of abusing not only illicit drugs, but prescription drugs as well.

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The Importance of Staying Connected in Recovery - The Discovery House

The Importance of Staying Connected in Recovery - The Discovery House | My Road to Recovery | Scoop.it

There is an old saying which suggests that no man (or woman!) is an island.

 

In short, the idea here is that human beings are not independent of one another, but rather, we are interdependently connected. We rely on each other for everything from companionship to community. We benefit from living within a society where each of us has something of value to offer; our contributions in the form of our talents, skills and abilities. Just imagine how boring life would be if you spent every moment alone with no one to talk to, or share your experiences with!

 

When it comes to sobriety, human connections are even more important. In fact, they are the lifeblood of 12-step recovery. Staying sober and fighting the daily battle that comes with the disease of addiction or alcoholism requires a team effort. None of us got sober alone and none of us stays sober alone.

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What To Do After Drug Rehab

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For many people, taking the initiative to get help for a drug addiction is a difficult step. Detox is intense, and rehab is challenging. Even patients that are motivated can relapse and go back to their addiction. After rehab, it is imperative that the person in recovery continue to work at their sobriety, in order to avoid relapse.

 

People who have successfully completed a drug rehab program know the fear that so often creeps in. Everyone wonders if they will be able to maintain their sobriety or if they will be one of the many who relapse. While the future may seem particularly uncertain for an individual who has finished drug rehab, there are things that can be done to help the person avoid relapse.

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Understanding the Spiritual Aspect of Recovery - Life Change Addiction Recovery

Understanding the Spiritual Aspect of Recovery - Life Change Addiction Recovery | My Road to Recovery | Scoop.it

If you have decided to seek recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction, it won’t be long before you are introduced to the spiritual aspect of the process. In fact, spirituality is at the very heart of the 12-Step philosophy and you simply can not work the 12 Steps without coming to terms with your own beliefs about God.

 

This can be frightening for some people, who consider themselves atheist or agnostic…or for those who do believe in God, but fear God….or for those who have resentments towards God.

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Psychodrama Therapy For Addiction Recovery

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It’s not your typical rehab. Instead of patients sitting in a circle discussing their struggles and encouraging each other to get sober, individuals in this group look more like they are rehearsing for a theatrical production. Some participants act out the part of the addict while others play the role of family members. Still other groups work on portraying pure emotion.

 

It’s called psychodrama therapy, and it is used in a select number of treatment facilities across the country. This kind of therapy is described as “a therapeutic modality in which people enact scenes from their lives, dreams or fantasies in an effort to express unexpressed feelings, gain new insights and understandings, and practice new and more satisfying behaviors,” according to Pavel Somov, Ph.D. While psychodrama therapy is just one of the many methods of treatment that exist today, for many drug and alcohols addicts, it is the best option available.

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5 Ways to Keep Kids Drug-Free this Summer - Adolescent Growth

5 Ways to Keep Kids Drug-Free this Summer - Adolescent Growth | My Road to Recovery | Scoop.it

It’s almost summer, and millions of kids across the country are finishing up their school year and looking forward to long, lazy days at home. It’s time for parents to start thinking about what their kids will be up to while mom and dad are at work. In order to continue to be an activist against teen drug use, parents need to be aware, be prepared, and be devoted to the well being of their kids.

 

The most risky time of the week for kids to begin experimenting with drugs is between the hours of 3 and 6 on weekdays, according to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. During the school year, this is the time that kids are home from school and are most often bored, unsupervised, and ready to try something risky.

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Stinkin' Thinkin' - Clean Slate Recovery

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There’s an old adage in 12-step recovery which urges us to reach out to others for guidance and direction. Simply put, the expression goes something like this: “Don’t go wandering through your mind alone –it’s a bad neighborhood!”

 

The nature of our disease calls us to isolate and stew in the sickness of our own thoughts. This is what recovering alcoholics and addicts call “stinkin thinkin.” Our mind lies to us and tries to trick us. It will tell us any sort of ridiculous nonsense in order to keep ourselves aligned with selfish, self-seeking motives and behaviors.

 

It tells us that we are inferior; that people don’t like us. It will tell us that we are nothing more than wretched failures, doomed to a life of misery. It might say something like, (in your own voice, no less!) “You’re always going to be a junkie. You’re always gonna be a drunk. Who do you think you’re fooling with this recovery nonsense? C’mon, let’s go score!”

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Art Therapy For Addiction Treatment - Objective Soul

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Art therapy is becoming more and more popular in treatment centers across the United States. This method uses visual arts to help a person work through their underlying issues and advance toward recovery from a drug addiction or alcoholism.

 

Unlike traditional therapies that require patients to talk through their feelings, art therapy allows patients to express themselves in nonverbal ways. Art therapy is not only for individuals who have artistic ability, but also for those who struggle to speak their feelings and connect with their therapists.

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What a Sponsor Is and Is Not - The Discovery House

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Selecting your very first sponsor can be a frightening experience. Many recovering alcoholics and addicts are fearful of placing their confidence in someone and building a new relationship with them –especially one of this magnitude. After spending years in the seedy underworld of drugs and alcohol, trusting a stranger may not seem like a good idea at first. You might wonder, what if this relationship becomes yet another disappointment I have to overcome? This is a rational fear, sure, but you need to know going in that sponsorship is an integral part of sobriety. You can’t do this alone.

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What are the symptoms of alcoholism? - by Jose Juan Gutierrez - Helium

What are the symptoms of alcoholism? - by Jose Juan Gutierrez - Helium | My Road to Recovery | Scoop.it
Alcoholism is the term used to describe alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse.
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The Light of Truth - Life Change Addiction Recovery

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Living in a perpetual state of denial is common for addicts and alcoholics. In fact, substance abuse and denial go hand in hand. The truth is; people with a drug or alcohol problem are usually the last to know they have one –strange as that may seem. Ignoring the truth about the unmanageability and powerlessness caused by addiction is far less painful than facing it.

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Mental Health Alert: Depression - Seacliff Recovery

Mental Health Alert: Depression - Seacliff Recovery | My Road to Recovery | Scoop.it
Depression is described as a general feeling of sadness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of depression include:
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MLB Players Accused of Taking Performance-Enhancing Drugs

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Major League Baseball is once again alleging that a number of its players are guilty of abusing performance-enhancing drugs. One of the players is Ryan Braun, a player for the Brewers who narrowly escaped the same kind of trouble a year ago.

 

MLB is investigating more than 20 players who may be linked to Biogenesis, a clinic that distributes performance-enhancing drugs. With big names on the list such as Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, baseball fans across the country are paying close attention for any new announcements. Many fans are discouraged that yet another group of athletes seemed to have set a poor example for our young people.

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Characteristics Of High-Functioning Alcoholics

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There are an estimated 18 million alcoholics among Americans today, according to theNational Library of Health. Many fit the stereotype of unemployed, unsocial, and sometimes even homeless individuals we often picture when we hear the word alcoholic. However, there are a growing number of alcoholics that are high-functioning; a title some are even proud of.

 

Maintaining Responsibilities

High-functioning alcoholics are people who can hold down a job and maintain their everyday responsibilities, yet are addicted to alcohol. These individuals make it to their kids’ baseball games, they attend meetings in the community, and they take care of their families. Many observers would not know these people have a problem. What they don’t see is that the functioning alcoholic sneaks his alcohol into the office or the game in his coffee mug, or drinks before he leaves the house. If a high-functioning alcoholic would have to go without alcohol, he would suffer the severe effects of withdrawal. Like other alcoholics, this kind of person must always have some level of alcohol in their system.



Read More At http://www.getholistichealth.com/32817/characteristics-of-high-functioning-alcoholics/

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Meeting Makers Make It - Ocean Breeze Recovery

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Of the many expressions you’ll hear in 12-step recovery rooms around the world, there is one recovering addicts and alcoholics must pay particular attention to: Meeting makers make it. This simple expression is a powerhouse of wisdom because it tells you –in no uncertain terms –how to be successful in recovery. By going to meetings.

 

Of course, there is a lot more to sobriety than just showing up to meetings. Working the steps with a sponsor, staying clean one day at a time, and practicing rigorous honesty are also a part of the 12-step process. But, attending meetings on a regular basis is perhaps one of the most crucial elements of the recovering lifestyle; one many recovering addicts and alcoholics underestimate.

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Our e-Addiction - Seacliff Recovery

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Technology has made so many advances in the last fifteen years that it is really quite amazing. Fifteen years ago we never would have expected we would one day live in a society filled with cell phones, personal computers, and Internet access right at our fingertips. Today our lives are so inundated with technology that we might not even notice how addicting these devices have become.

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The Cost of Addiction - Clean Slate Recovery

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Addiction is costly. In terms of money and in terms of lives devastated or lost, addiction takes a huge toll. An estimated 46 million Americans are addicted to alcohol and illicit drugs, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Even more are now addicted to prescription drugs and other harmful substances. Prevention and treatment can help overcome addiction so that it does not control lives anymore.


It is estimated that the cost placed on society by substance addiction is over $600 billion, according to the NIDA. This includes the cost of health care, law enforcement, the criminal justice system, and loss of productivity.

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Planning a Family Intervention - Cycles of Change

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One of the most difficult things a family will ever have to do is confront a loved one about their drug or alcohol problem. The main fear these family members have is that of rejection. No one likes to be told that they have a problem, and the response by the majority of drug and alcohol addicts is to deny that they need help.


Because of this, many families continue to live in turmoil, overlooking the obvious effects of addiction; accepting that this is how their life is going to be. However, families do not need to suffer with addiction, because there is treatment for this problem. Families that have been unable to get a loved one to accept help in the past can use an addiction intervention to make the person see their need for help.

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More Will Be Revealed - The Discovery House

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If you’ve been in a 12-step program any length of time, you have heard that recovery is a process, not an event. This is true, but it is also true –in a very real sense –that sobriety is an event. Recovery is an ongoing, lifelong, daily process. Getting sober is something that happens in an instant.

 

Once an addict or alcoholic makes the decision to stop drinking and drugging, the event of sobriety has occurred. Of course, if the person makes this personal commitment while he or she is under the influence, the alcoholic/addict is not sober in a physical sense, but they will be when they wake up in the morning….accompanied by a monster hangover, of course!

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As We Understood Him... - Cycles of Change

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You don’t have to be in the rooms of a 12-step recovery program for long to realize God is a crucial part of the process. Actually, the more appropriate way to describe this element of recovery is to refer to the “God of our Own Understanding”….or, “God as We Understood Him.”

 

Programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous call themselves “simple, spiritual, not religious programs.” This is because those who have had any success in recovery have learned that conquering addiction and alcoholism requires a Power greater than themselves.

 

Addiction in and of itself is a power greater than the addicted person.

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Nutrition Therapy For Addiction

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A treatment program that focuses on nutrition can be an important benefit to someone in recovery for drug abuse or alcoholism. When incorporated correctly, nutrition therapy can help lay the foundation for a successful recovery.


A healthy diet in recovery helps individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addiction create a better balance in their lives. A focus on good nutrition, whether during therapy, during detox, or after recovery allows patients to become physically and mentally healthier, and establish an environment that will help them maintain sobriety.

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Diet & nutrition are a major component of the Artesian program.

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Parents on Drugs - Adolescent Growth

Parents on Drugs - Adolescent Growth | My Road to Recovery | Scoop.it

Parents sometimes find it hard to be good role models for their children. However, parental influences are important in shaping who a child grows up to be, and any positive effort on the part of the parent is helpful. On the other hand, parents who are addicted to drugs themselves are much more likely to have children who grow up to be drug addicts.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Ocean Breeze Recovery

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More than 7.7 million Americans have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, a form of mental illness. Many more Americans suffer in silence with this disorder.

When an individual experiences a disaster or trauma, it can leave lasting effects. PTSD is common among soldiers and first responders who daily face traumatic situations. However, this disease is not limited to these professionals. Many regular citizens who have been through difficult situations can be left with PTSD. Any event that makes a person feel unsafe or threatened can cause PTSD.

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What to Expect in Your First Year of Sobriety - Clean Slate Recovery

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The first year of sobriety is a difficult one. In fact, the first few months of recovery can feel downright overwhelming, aggravating and exhausting –not to mention confusing.

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