If you are a parent, sibling, spouse, or child of someone who is in recovery, likely you experienced what it was like when they were struggling with addiction. You’ve been through the trials that the illness brings to a person as well as their family. Now that you’re loved one is in recovery, you probably…Details
Often, people isolate themselves from others to avoid pain. They will decline invitations and skip out on social gatherings because they fear possible rejection, abandonment, judgment, or embarrassment. You might feel afraid that someone might not like you, or worse, the whole group might not like you. These kinds of thoughts are common drivers to…Details
If you’re in recovery, you’re likely not drinking. But if you’re at a celebration, party, or get together, especially one where you don’t know others very well, there might be the danger of someone spiking your drink. One popular club drug is Ketamine and it’s often used to spike drinks because of the effects it…Details
The truth is when you’re high on a substance most people can tell. It’s easy to notice that someone has red eyes, slurred speech, or a wobbly walk. If you’re around co-workers, you might get judged or even experience consequences. If you’re around friends or family who care about you, you might get comments of…Details
In recovery, many people have a wide range of feelings about the past, including guilt, shame, remorse, self-judgment, worry, and even fear. Depending upon your experiences, you might not feel very good about yourself. In fact, commonly, substance use helps to mask those feelings of insecurity and self-doubt. But without the use of substances, those…Details
Addiction is an illness that requires ongoing care. Whether you’ve been addicted to alcohol, heroin, or cocaine, you’re going to have to stay on top of your cravings, triggers, and physical health in order to stay sober. With an opiate addiction (heroin and prescription pain pills), the ongoing treatment may include taking regular doses of…Details
Some people are really good at asking for help. They don’t mind picking up the phone to call a friend. They are okay with stopping someone on the street to ask for directions. And they seem to be fine with asking family members to provide their assistance.
An obsession is different than an addiction. An online dictionary defines obsession as an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind. However, an addiction is an illness that affects the brain, causing a person to engage in compulsory substance use or compulsory behavior, such as gambling.
Recovery brings plenty of reward – especially if you’re staying sober and achieving your goals. At the same time, recovery can bring challenges. In fact, most people (up to 80%) relapse at least once after attempting sobriety for the first time.
One of the biggest triggers for addicts and recovering addicts is loneliness. Whether you’re in recovery or not, loneliness is an experience that can send many people back to using drugs or drinking. Sometimes, when a person experiences emotional pain and they feel alone in their problems that might also create an experience of loneliness.…Details