Dangers of Substance Abuse: Fertility and Childbirth

“Will they be happy? Will they be healthy? Will I be good enough to give them the life they need? What if I can’t do it?” These are questions that plague just about every new parent. There are even some out there who desperately want to be parents, but will constantly put it off because…

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Addict Personality Myths Debunked

Whether or not we wish to admit it, we all have our own beliefs regarding the typical addict personality. The problem is that some of us have a much broader view on this than others. That is usually because we have met numerous other addicts, either through social work, family issues, or because we are…

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Vivitrol Treatment and How It Works

Some time back, we published a mother’s thoughts on medication assisted treatment (MAT), including the most common arguments both for and against this particular recovery tool and how it fits into the overall recovery process, especially the Florida Model of rehabilitation. While the article in question made note of the fact that MAT is not…

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Children of Addiction: How Do We Help Them?

“Please, please, please – don’t let her be drunk.” Those were the words of my little prayer, the one I would whisper to myself every day, over and over, as I walked home from school and stood with my hand on the front door handle to my childhood house — from the time I was…

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Legal Issues Faced by Addicts: How Can We Help?

In our recent article regarding the tragic life of Amy Winehouse, we chronicled the story of her substance abuse during every year between 2005 and her death due to alcohol poisoning in 2011. Aside from the outline of her struggles with substance dependency itself, one other glaring pattern emerged from this story. Namely, the fact…

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The Tragedy of Amy Winehouse

They tried to make me go to rehab, but I said “No, no, no!” When “Rehab” was released in 2006, it nigh instantaneously became the signature song associated with singer Amy Winehouse. It was the first single released from her second studio album, Back to Black. Nobody knew it at the time, but that album…

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Building a Strong and Sober Support Network

Sobriety is tough. For some people it can almost be harder for them to cope with sobriety than it was to live in addiction. At least, it feels that way at first. You certainly won’t incur the same costs, and you’ll be able to deal with some of your underlying issues through such means as…

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Healthy Practices – Walking Meditation

Most people think of meditation as a purely mental exercise, with a few added spiritual benefits thrown in for good measure. But believe it or not, meditation can actually be a very physical experience. This is especially true when one is engaged in a practice such as walking meditation. The art of walking meditation works…

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Co-Occurring Disorders: Addiction and Dual Diagnosis

Those who are unfamiliar with the nature of alcoholism and drug addiction may think that the issue is cut and dry. After all, if addiction is truly a disease, then there certainly must be a cure. Unfortunately, however, this is not quite the case. Many people relapse every day, often because they tried to stay…

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Signs of Addiction to Watch Out For

If you’re reading this, then it means one of two things. Either you think that someone close to you might be struggling with addiction, or you think that you might have a problem yourself. And you shouldn’t feel alone, because we at Amethyst have experienced addiction from both sides. It can be painful, and it…

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