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An Addict’s Life—the Underbelly of Addiction

An Addict’s Life—the Underbelly of Addiction An addict’s life is mystifying to someone who has never had a substance problem, and to those who have, it can cause a deep and abiding compassion. I think this compassion is partially why so many in addiction recovery stay in 12-Step programs like AA or NA (Alcoholics Anonymous [...]

By | February 15th, 2018|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on An Addict’s Life—the Underbelly of Addiction

A Family Disease–Addiction and Its Ripple Effect

A Family Disease--Addiction and Its Ripple Effect Addiction truly is a family disease.  When a loved one is addicted, the household loses its routine and sense of safety. The family lives with abnormal and prolonged, relentless stress. Unexpected, disruptive and even traumatic things happen, affecting everyone. Even when things are OK, there is the expectation [...]

By | February 14th, 2018|Blog, Living with an Addict|Comments Off on A Family Disease–Addiction and Its Ripple Effect

Conflict, Confrontation, Avoidance and Addiction

Conflict, Confrontation, Avoidance and Addiction Conflict is no stranger to people with substance problems. It lies in wait for us seemingly at every turn when things are finally beginning to fall apart. The conflict with loved ones is apt to be quite intense, but so is the inner conflict of anyone with an addiction. Similarly, [...]

By | February 12th, 2018|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on Conflict, Confrontation, Avoidance and Addiction

Does Addiction Treatment Work? Yes, if…

Does Addiction Treatment Work? Yes, if... Addiction treatment isn't a magical spell, although the results may surpass the magical, soaring into the miraculous. 'Miracle' is a commonly heard word in 12 Step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous (AA and NA). People will encourage newcomers to the groups to not leave until the miracle [...]

By | February 11th, 2018|Blog, Overcoming Addiction|Comments Off on Does Addiction Treatment Work? Yes, if…

Recovery Complications–When Sobriety is Uncomfortable

Recovery Complications--When Sobriety is Uncomfortable Recovery complications come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are simply irritants and other can be catastrophic. Like many people say, sometimes you clearly wonder if there is 'another relapse' left in you. It's unfortunate, but many have made multiple efforts--earnest, hard-working efforts--to get sober but return to [...]

By | February 9th, 2018|Blog, Recovery|Comments Off on Recovery Complications–When Sobriety is Uncomfortable

Ready for Rehab–Making It Happen

Ready for Rehab--Making It Happen When you are ready for rehab, it's time to take action and make it happen. Unfortunately, sometimes we feel we just can't take one more step at that point. Lots of us surrender to the notion of rehab when we are truly exhausted, can't think, and can't plan. That is [...]

By | February 7th, 2018|Blog, Rehab|Comments Off on Ready for Rehab–Making It Happen

The Vicious Cycles of Dual Diagnosis Issues

The Vicious Cycles of Dual Diagnosis Issues Dual diagnosis treatment There are many vicious cycles of dual diagnosis issues, or in co-existing substance and mental health disorders. This is one of the reasons they can be so tormenting, and go for long periods untreated. They are often overlooked or even misdiagnosed because of [...]

By | February 5th, 2018|Blog, Dual Diagnosis|Comments Off on The Vicious Cycles of Dual Diagnosis Issues

Misuse of Ritalin–Prescription Stimulant Abuse and Addiction

Misuse of Ritalin--Prescription Stimulant Abuse and Addiction Misuse of Ritalin (methylphenidate) leads to addiction for many people and can cause many physical and psychological problems long before misuse is severe. Ritalin is a psychostimulant drug, often called simply a stimulant. It activates the brain and central nervous system causing increased activity. When used medically, it [...]

By | February 4th, 2018|Blog, Prescription Drugs|Comments Off on Misuse of Ritalin–Prescription Stimulant Abuse and Addiction

Concerned about Concerta Abuse and Addiction?

Concerned about Concerta Abuse and Addiction? Concerta abuse and addiction are reasonable concerns even if you or a loved one have a legitimate medical prescription. Concerta is an especially problematic drug that is misused often by teenagers and young adults. But, anyone at any age can develop problems with it. Prescribed for ADHD, or Attention-Deficit [...]

By | February 1st, 2018|Blog, Prescription Drugs|Comments Off on Concerned about Concerta Abuse and Addiction?

Power and Control Struggles–Self-Sabotage in Treatment and Recovery

Power and Control Struggles--Self-Sabotage in Treatment and Recovery Power and control struggles are not uncommon in addiction treatment and recovery. They occur for many reasons, some that are not directly related to addiction, but others that certainly are. For example, there are personality traits and patterns that develop apart from substance use. Such personality issues [...]

By | January 30th, 2018|Blog, Overcoming Addiction|Comments Off on Power and Control Struggles–Self-Sabotage in Treatment and Recovery