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29
Oct

The Coronavirus Pandemic: A Recipe for Addiction Disaster

If there was a recipe for addiction, one of the key ingredients would be isolation. People who lack a social network and encouragement to live their best life find it especially difficult to get or stay sober. How COVID Is Making Recovery Tougher A May 2020 report by the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and...
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23
Jul

Identifying Hidden Substance Use

Before a person suffering from addiction is able to acknowledge the problem and get help, they will likely try to conceal the extent of their drug or alcohol abuse by hiding their substance use. Loved ones who don’t know the indicators of substance abuse may not realize the full scope of the issue or that...
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13
Jul

What Is Cross Addiction?

It is said in the recovery community that it’s not enough to just stop using. It’s important to fill the voids that are left in your life when you enter recovery–because if you don’t fill them, they may attract negative habits. These habits may develop into new addictions. What Is a Cross Addiction? Cross addiction,...
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18
Jun

Is It Time for a New Sponsor?

Sponsorship When a person is new to recovery and joins a 12-step group, it is generally recommended that they select a sponsor to show them to ropes. A sponsor is a person who is further along in their recovery and who has successfully worked the 12 steps with a sponsor of their own. Ideally, a...
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11
May

How Exercise Supports Recovery

Retraining the Brain One of the problems encountered by people in substance use recovery is that their brains don’t remember how to create pleasurable feelings without the substance. It can be difficult to commit to recovery when you can’t seem to feel good, so it’s essential to find ways to retrain the brain. Exercise is...
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24
Apr

The Importance of Self-Care During COVID

Self-care is always important, no matter what the situation. It is especially valuable to take care of ourselves during times of high stress. Unfortunately, experiencing high stress often leads us to neglect self-care. For a person in recovery who is under great stress, neglecting self-care during COVID could be a formula for disaster. What Is...
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01
Apr

Is Impaired Driving a Sign of Addiction?

While it shows a potentially fatal error in judgment, one DUI/DWI does not necessarily mean that a person is in active addiction. A DUI/DWI can, however, indicate an unhealthy dependence on alcohol or drugs or even an undiagnosed substance use disorder. Why Does it Matter? A lot of people rationalize their choice to get behind...
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20
Mar

Recovery and Social Distancing

Social distancing is a popular term right now. The internet, newspapers and television alike repeat it continuously. With Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19 or Novel Coronavirus, hitting American shores recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has made a variety of recommendations, including keeping a bit of space between ourselves and others. Unfortunately, social distancing...
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05
Mar

The Amends Process: How It Works and Why It Matters

More Than a Simple “Sorry” Many people have been on the giving or receiving end of an apology that was forced, didn’t feel genuine, or did nothing to remedy the situation. This is why making amends, addressed in the eighth and ninth steps in 12-step programs, is much more than simply saying sorry for mistakes....
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