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The Tragedy of Amy Winehouse
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...

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Building a Strong and Sober Support Network
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...

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Signs of Addiction to Watch Out For
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...

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Sober Living: A Guide for Parents

Today started out with tears in my coffee. But unlike four or five years ago, this morning’s tears were happy, grateful ones. You see, a very sweet mother (who lives far away in another state) sent me a kind note to let me know my son Sam had just helped her son,...

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Answering Your Questions on Detox
Answering Your Questions on Detox

The word “detox” has become incredibly prevalent over the past few years, as many associate the word with the fad cleanses that have become increasingly common as many people seek to improve their physical health. These cleanses often utilize several herbs, laxatives,...

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Staging a Successful Intervention – Tips to Remember
Staging a Successful Intervention – Tips to Remember

It can be hard to have a friend or loved one who is struggling with addiction. You’re tired of being lied to, and questioning whether or not the person you thought they were is somewhere behind the darkness that they have brought into your life. But more than...

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Addiction and the Negative Feedback Loop
Addiction and the Negative Feedback Loop

The cycle of addiction is one that’s all too often unbroken. However, with professional help, your loved one can not only get over his or her issues, but they can go on to live healthy and prosperous lives.

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My Name Is Laurie, and I Am an Enabler
My Name Is Laurie, and I Am an Enabler

So what does it mean to enable an addict? An enabler is someone who, in the case of an addict, does for the addict what the addict can and should be doing for himself/herself, and in the process prevents the addict from suffering the consequences of his (or her) own behavior.

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What To Do When you Can’t Afford Drug Rehab?
What To Do When you Can’t Afford Drug Rehab?

We all want the very best treatment for our addicted children, and many of us are willing to pay any amount of money to “fix” the problem. But a high price is no guarantee of the best services or most qualified rehab personnel.

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