Rehab Aftercare

Using A Sobriety Calculator the Amethyst Way

You might be asking yourself what a sobriety calculator is. You’ve come to the right place. We love to use sobriety calculators to highlight the success of our patients through the recovery process. Sobriety calculators simply take into account the sobriety date of an...

Aftercare Programs To Help Your Loved Ones: A Parent's Guide

Alcoholism and drug addiction doesn’t just impact the sufferer; it affects the whole family. Whether your child, spouse, or employee is suffering with alcohol and drug addiction, chances are you’ve suffered right along with them, feeling powerless over providing a...

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Reading Guide for "A Vision for You"

Recovering addicts and alcoholics can learn a lot from reading Alcoholics Anonymous, also known as the Big Book. Chock full of stories related to recovery, this book offers lessons to which addicts and alcoholics from all walks of life can relate. But while the...

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Finding (and Using) Your Sponsor

Finding (and Using) Your Sponsor

When we enter recovery through AA or NA, everyone tells us the same thing—we need to find a sponsor. But finding a sponsor feels like a big deal. Where do we look? How do we know they’re right for us? What if we ask for their help and they turn us down? With all of...

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Learning How to Move Forward

Learning How to Move Forward

One of the hardest things to overcome after years of addiction is our guilt. For quite some time, we remain convinced that our disease hurt no one but ourselves. Eventually, however, we come to realize that this isn’t quite true. In many cases, this realization leaves...

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Overcoming Abstinence Violation Effect

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...

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6 Types of Behavioral Addiction to Avoid in Recovery

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...

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Can Personalized Medicine Prevent Addiction?

Can Personalized Medicine Prevent Addiction?

The Human Genome Project, launched in 1990, endeavored to map all genes in human DNA in order to determine their function. To this day, no biological project of its scale has existed. When the Human Genome Project wrapped in 2003, researchers began working to discover...

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Embracing the Eighth Tradition

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...

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Making It Past Early Sobriety

Making It Past Early Sobriety

Many say that the first month of sobriety is the hardest. Others say that things get easier after the first ninety days. Then, there are those who say that you must make it through at least six months, or even up to a year. In truth, however, people relapse at various...

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The Difference Between Acceptance and Complacency

The Difference Between Acceptance and Complacency

If you suffer from addiction or alcoholism, then you’ve probably heard about the First Step. You know that many people say you must admit that you are powerless over drugs and alcohol in order to begin recovering. But many people shorten this step. The shortened...

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Showing Strength Through Vulnerability

Showing Strength Through Vulnerability

Nobody wants to feel vulnerable. It’s hard to show others the chinks in our armor. In fact, it can even be quite difficult to admit the existence of these chinks to ourselves. But addiction recovery is an emotional experience. If we don’t process these emotions in a...

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Rebuilding Family Trust After Addiction

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...

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The Link Between Addiction and Suicide

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...

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A Message to Abuse Survivors

A Message to Abuse Survivors

TRIGGER WARNING: As you may have guessed from the title, this article and some of its imagery may be difficult for some people to digest. Use your discretion in determining if this applies to you. If you are currently suffering abuse, call the National Domestic...

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