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The Fear of Getting Better: When Life Gets too Good

The Fear of Getting Better: When Life Gets too Good | Addiction | Scoop.it
I put the same curse on every survivor and recovering addict/alcoholic I serve: “I hope it gets so good you can’t stand it.” With enough work, support, and sober time, it does. Like most aspects of...
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Dealing with Relapse and Shame after Long Sobriety

Dealing with Relapse and Shame after Long Sobriety | Addiction | Scoop.it
Relapse after long term sobriety: embarrassment is normal but shame and embarrassment can kill you if they keep you from getting the help you need. Learn what to do after relapse, no matter how many years of sobriety you have behind you.
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Out of the Hospital and into the Fire

Out of the Hospital and into the Fire | Addiction | Scoop.it
I kept hearing Humble Pie’s “Thirty Days in the Hole” playing in my head every time I counted the time I’d been hospitalized. Thank God I didn’t know what I was in for when I landed there. I just g...
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Getting Out of My Own Way

Getting Out of My Own Way | Addiction | Scoop.it
I just deleted a Facebook game that I’ve been playing for over five years. I’m such a creature of habit that I continued to enrich my super bad ass fictional character long after it was fun. It bec...
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Loud Music Improves My Mental Health

Loud Music Improves My Mental Health | Addiction | Scoop.it
One of the quirkier things I do in therapy sessions: I quote song lyrics to my clients. It happens at least a couple times a day. People tell me their stories and I hear a soundtrack in my head that matches what they’re going through. Whenever I’m asked how I’m able to do that so […]
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Nursing, Care Giving & Burnout

Nursing, Care Giving & Burnout | Addiction | Scoop.it
I grew up with a mother who was a Registered Nurse (RN). I recall being a curious adolescent and asking my mom why nurses always seemed so anxious and unhappy?
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Addiction, Recovery & Taking Back Control of Our Lives - Bangor Daily News

Addiction, Recovery & Taking Back Control of Our Lives - Bangor Daily News | Addiction | Scoop.it
Addiction, Recovery & Taking Back Control of Our Lives
Bangor Daily News
Addiction progressively strips us of our identity. It takes over slowly, insidiously, and undetected. It chips away at the entirety of who we are.

Via Jackie Colligan
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Wounded Warriors & Fighting The War Within | Recovery Rocks

Wounded Warriors & Fighting The War Within | Recovery Rocks | Addiction | Scoop.it
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Dissociation – Checking Out Means Missing Out – Recovery Rocks ...

Her face is expressionless and her eyes are vacant. We were talking about something very painful and then she left the room. She's still sitting in front of me but in a very real sense she's gone. What I'm saying to her isn't ...

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How to Get Out of Your Own Way | BDN Maine blogs

Being ambivalent most often means not having a preference.  I eat out a lot. If you ask me where I want to go to lunch, there’s a good chance I’ll be ambivalent.  I’ll go where you want to go. Healthy...
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Mentoring: Helping Others Build Recovery

Mentoring: Helping Others Build Recovery | Addiction | Scoop.it
You can't keep it unless you give it away. Here are practical tips for using your own strengths and experiences to help others build recovery.
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Crack, Cocaine & One Night Stands | BDN Maine blogs

Snorting cocaine is sexy. Beautiful people buy 8 balls. The anticipation of doing it is intense. They feel like a total bad ass. They’re people who live on the edge and have an evening of exciting things planned.
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Dissociation – Checking Out Means Missing Out | BDN Maine blogs

Her face is expressionless and her eyes are vacant. We were talking about something very painful and then she left the room. She’s still sitting in front of me but in a very real sense she’s gone. What I’m saying...
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How to Let Our Walls Down & Why We Must

How to Let Our Walls Down & Why We Must | Addiction | Scoop.it
We are born defenseless and learn to deal with pain. Kids in healthy families are protected and given effective coping skills. The rest of us learned to hide our true selves, our real feelings, our...
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How to Medically Improve Addiction Treatment

How to Medically Improve Addiction Treatment | Addiction | Scoop.it
We expect that all health conditions be continuously evaluated by our health care providers. No responsible healer would ever assume that a chronic cardiac condition, diabetes or even asthma is in ...
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Dragging Out of Our Annual Outrage for Memorial Day

Dragging Out of Our Annual Outrage for Memorial Day | Addiction | Scoop.it
Ok. I need a reality check. Are we as a society somehow unaware of whether the Veteran’s Administration is grossly failing our vets? Really? F@cking really? There aren’t decade’s worth of sociologi...
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Getting Unstuck, Dysthymia & Moving Out of Depression

Getting Unstuck, Dysthymia & Moving Out of Depression | Addiction | Scoop.it
There are countless ways in which people get stuck – some of them are invisible. The most common of these is Dysthymic Disorder. Dysthymia is a form of depression that is fairly easy to hide. It doesn’t cause a person to miss work, have difficulty getting out of bed, or create health problems. It’s more […]
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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Heath Ledger & John Doe: Every Death Matters

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Heath Ledger & John Doe: Every Death Matters | Addiction | Scoop.it
Francine Starks is an amazing advocate and educator. I was fortunate to hear her speak many times during her years of service to Spruce Run. She drove home the idea to me that tragedy creates opportunity because people pay attention when horrible things happen. While not diminishing the importance of any individual loss, we must […]
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Damn it, Karen Foley Santa Claus is Real!

Damn it, Karen Foley Santa Claus is Real! | Addiction | Scoop.it
I love everything about Karen Foley’s writing. Karen is all about family and she’s all about Bangor. I love arguing with her though it’s rare we disagree. This time, however, she is dead to rights wrong.
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Partnership & Marriage: How Invested are You? | BDN Maine blogs

“There’s a light at the end of this tunnel you shout, cuz you’re just as far in as you’ll ever be out.”– Anna Nalick “Breathe” The appeal of eclecticism is that we can borrow concepts and apply them to completely...
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Being a Wounded Healer – Am I my Brother’s Keeper? | BDN Maine blogs

I sat in a meeting once with a high ranking bureaucrat who was clearly delusional and expressing acute paranoia. What troubled me was not his breakdown. I had compassion for him. What blew my mind was that 40 other professionals...
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Therapy is Stupid | BDN Maine blogs

She’s 15 1/2 and there’s an intensity about her that doesn’t belong in a child. Everything about her radiates defiance. Her gaze is an open invitation for me to do something that’s anatomically impossible.
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Self-Medicating? Consider Harm Reduction

Self-Medicating? Consider Harm Reduction | Addiction | Scoop.it
Dealing with stress, anxiety or depression? You're probably best off avoiding drugs and alcohol - but if you can't or won't accept total abstinence, consider a harm reduction approach to limit the consequences of your self medication choices.
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