A Message to Adult Children of Alcoholics

Many children grow up in alcoholic households, and this sometimes causes them harm later in life. We refer to these people as adult children of alcoholics. This term isn’t meant to sound derogatory. It doesn’t imply that these individuals are childish or that they haven’t matured in their adulthood. The term simply refers to adults…

Overcoming Abstinence Violation Effect

When a person relapses after a significant period of sobriety, they often find their substance abuse to be as bad as it was when they quit. In some cases, it may even be much worse. There are a few reasons that their use may spiral out of control in a very short amount of time.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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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…

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…