Do Positive Affirmations Work?

Many addicts and alcoholics suffer from chronic low self-esteem. We doubt ourselves, see ourselves as something less than human. Some of us feel we don’t deserve to be loved, or that we don’t deserve to be forgiven for the harm we caused while under the influence. We hold incredibly negative views of ourselves, and we…

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Major Anti-Addiction Bill Passed by Congress

Not too long ago, we wrote about an executive order passed by Governor John Kasich of Ohio to fight addiction. We noted similar programs in other states, but also said that more needed to be done. Now, Congress appears to have answered the call by passing the first major anti-addiction bill in decades. And to…

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Rebuilding Family Trust After Addiction

When we enter treatment, our families find that they feel quite relieved. They no longer wait up all night, wondering if we’ll make it home safe. They no longer fear that the neighbors will see us passed out on the porch because we were too wasted to remember how our house keys work. They don’t…

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Defining Alcohol as a Drug

We often make reference to drugs and alcohol, but many say that alcohol is a drug in and of itself. Certainly it shares many properties with drugs in general, even if it isn’t generally treated the same way under the law. But there are some who absolutely abhor the notion of alcohol as a drug.…

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Varying Opinions on Suboxone

Many recovering opiate users claim that they would not be alive for today if not for Suboxone. But numerous detractors make it difficult to reach an objective conclusion. If there is one thing that medication-assisted therapy (MAT) and step-based programs have in common, it’s that you can likely find as many sources espousing their usefulness…

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The Link Between Addiction and Suicide

Most people acknowledge the fact that addiction is an exceedingly miserable disease. Some of us begin drinking or abusing drugs to self-medicate issues such as major depression, while some of us become depressed as a result of our substance abusing lifestyle. But this is not a question about the chicken or the egg. Regardless of…

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7 Daily Tips for Staying Sober

Quitting is easy. The actual process of deciding not to abuse drugs and alcohol requires very little effort. In fact, it’s so easy that some addicts and alcoholics have become experts at it. At some point toward the end of our active addiction, we might quit upwards of two or three times a week. We…

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Life Sentences for Drug-Related Crimes

When we picture “low-bottom” addicts and alcoholics, we tend to picture those who have suffered legal issues. Perhaps they received a few DWIs or spent a few nights in the drunk tank. Maybe they’ve even been in prison for years because they committed violent crimes while under the influence. Recently, one of our staff attended…

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Embracing the Seventh Tradition

Every month, in addition to updating our series on the Twelve Steps, we also likes to focus on the Twelve Traditions. Having recently covered Step Seven, it is now time to focus upon the Seventh Tradition. For those who have read a number of our articles, Tradition Seven will seem a bit strange. We talk…

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Understanding and Practicing Step Seven

Now that July has begun, we can push past the halfway point in our monthly series on the Twelve Steps by focusing upon Step Seven. This step is in many ways an extension of Step Six, in which we became ready to remove our character defects. Now, much as we did with our addiction in…

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