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Synthetic Marijuana How Using It Affects the Brain

Table of Contents 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 are able to easily skirt around this issue by just slightly changing the chemical compound. And…

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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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Opportunity Cost and the Choices We Make In Active Addiction

When we refer to alcoholism and addiction as a “disease,” some people misinterpret this as an excuse for our behaviors. They believe the implication to be that we had no choice in our actions, that we simply went about like mindless zombies. And at times, this wasn’t so far from the truth. Nonetheless, we still…

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Embracing the Eighth Tradition

Alongside our monthly series on the Twelve Steps, we make it a point to cover each of the Twelve Traditions as well. While the Twelve Steps pertain to our personal recovery, the Twelve Traditions generally apply to AA/NA groups as a whole. This might make it seem as if we don’t need to focus on…

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5 Daily Tips to Achieving Long-Term Happiness

If we asked you to list five common emotions, which ones would you name? Happiness would certainly be one of them, so we’ll scratch that one right off the list. Now, you have four left. What are they? Would you name love, excitement, confidence and courage? Or would you name anger, depression, loneliness and fear?…

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Finding Serenity with PTSD in Addiction

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often seems to go hand-in-hand with addiction. This is especially true of addicts in the military, but PTSD is not exclusive to such individuals. Some addicts suffer traumatic abuse during childhood. Others suffer near-fatal injuries as a result of alcohol-induced car accidents. These experiences change people. Occasionally this is enough to…

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Are You An Enabler?

Do you allow a loved one such as a child or spouse to act recklessly without consequence? Are there times at which you experience difficulty expressing emotions other than fear, anger or depression? Do you tend to put your own needs after those of others? How often do you find yourself lying for another person…

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Finding New Freedom at Amethyst Recovery

Addicts and alcoholics share many things in common, but among the most troubling is our penchant for twisted logic. Any outside observer can tell that substance abuse has become our ball and chain. Nonetheless, many of us tend to glorify drugs and alcohol in our minds. We feel that drugs and alcohol liberate us from…

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Demi Lovato: A Recovery Role Model

It’s never easy to watch addiction or alcoholism take a life on the public stage. Celebrities such as Amy Winehouse and Heath Ledger pass away due to drinking or drug abuse, leaving tragedy in their wake. Fans wonder what untold wonders might have awaited us in the future if their beloved celebrity had lived. Grieving…

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Peer Pressure Before And After Addiction Recovery

Peer pressure is something they tell you about early on in life. Many of us first hear about it from DARE officers in school. We see PSAs on television, and often receive talks from our parents. Unfortunately, however, we don’t always pay too much attention. We figure that we’ll never be at risk, that we’re…

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