Benzo Addiction on the Rise

We talk pretty frequently about the rising opioid epidemic, but addiction takes many forms. And while overdose deaths related to heroin and prescription opioids continue rising, benzodiazepine addiction poses yet another threat. In fact, many overdose deaths appear to straddle both epidemics, with many addicts mixing both types of drugs. This means that we cannot…

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Express Yourself Using All Six Senses

Addiction sometimes feels like a dirty secret. We fear that, if we tell anyone about our disease, our peers will judge and ostracize us for something we cannot control. As such, our negative emotions build upon each other. Instead of others judging us, we decide to judge ourselves. Our fear, anger, depression and isolation leave…

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Addiction During the Holidays

At this time of year, treatment centers such as Amethyst Recovery often find ourselves without too many empty beds. In fact, treatment centers aren’t the only institutions that struggle with this issue. Walk into any city jail between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and you’re sure to find a pretty crowded cell block. And if you ask…

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12 Promises and 12 Rewards

When first entering recovery, many of us find ourselves with a few doubts and reservations. We fear that it might become harder to make friends once we can no longer go to a bar and buy a few rounds. Perhaps we fear that we may lose the friends we already have if they perceive our…

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6 Types of Behavioral Addiction to Avoid in Recovery

Amethyst Recovery focuses on the treatment of drugs and alcohol. Nonetheless, we like to occasionally cover certain forms of behavioral addiction in our articles. Examples that we have covered in the past include eating disorders, gambling addiction and hypersexual disorder. But many other forms of behavioral addiction exist as well. We hear about these from…

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Tapping Into Your Emotions In Addiction Recovery

They say the good thing about sobriety is that you get your feelings back. Of course, the bad thing about sobriety is that you get your feelings back. Emotions are not bad in and of themselves, but they can be difficult to manage. This becomes even harder after years of self-medicating. We numb ourselves using…

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The 12 Steps to Addiction Recovery

When we first start drinking or abusing drugs, it might take some time before we see any real consequences. Many of us begin with simple experimentation, and everything appears just fine. But as our use continues to increase, we gradually find ourselves slipping downhill. Before we even realize what’s happening, our lives no longer resemble…

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Can Personalized Medicine Prevent Addiction?

The Human Genome Project, launched in 1990, endeavored to map all genes in human DNA in order to determine their function. To this day, no biological project of its scale has existed. When the Human Genome Project wrapped in 2003, researchers began working to discover how their findings might benefit human beings everywhere. Their decision…

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Synthetic Marijuana How Using It Affects the Brain

Table of Contents Table of Contents Short-Term Effects of Synthetic MarijuanaLong-Term Effects of Synthetic MarijuanaSeeking Treatment for Spice Abuse Commonly known as spice or K2, many drug users enjoy synthetic marijuana for its ease of accessibility and general legality. Many might be aware that spice has been banned a couple of times already, but manufacturers…

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Can Alcoholics Drink Non-Alcoholic Beer?

One of these beers is non-alcoholic. Can you tell which one? (Natalya Okorokova/Shutterstock) Alcoholics in recovery may agree on the necessity of spiritual principles, but no shortage of topics continues to divide us. After all, we are but humans. We each form our own views and opinions on various topics, whether related to alcoholism or…

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