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Is Quitting Alcohol “Cold Turkey” Safe?

In a world where nearly every home, restaurant, resort, and even nail salon has alcohol available, quitting is not easy. Some people chose to quit alcohol to lose weight, some do it for religious or spiritual reasons, some realize that their relationship with alcohol...

5 Ways Exercise Can Help Recovering Addicts

A New Years’ resolution isn’t the only reason you should consider hitting the gym. Everyone knows that exercise has no shortage of physical and mental benefits. However, it has specific perks for those undergoing addiction treatment. Here are 5 targeted ways that...

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How Being Organized Can Help Life In Recovery

Marie Kondo’s Netflix may have caused the latest decluttering fad, but psychologists have long known the benefits of tidiness and the positive impact it can have on the lives of recovering addicts. With nothing to lose (but everything to gain), here are 3 major ways...

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Interview with Recovering Addict, John Coyle

Interview with Recovering Addict, John Coyle

I work with John at Amethyst and I was thrilled to have the chance to interview him for this blog piece. He is incredibly kind, humble and has been a huge inspiration to me. He works tirelessly to help those that are still suffering and I am proud to call him my...

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Amethyst Recovery Stories –  Justin Greenberg

Amethyst Recovery Stories – Justin Greenberg

My name is Justin Greenberg and I have been clean since November 13th, 2015.   I was born and raised in Stoughton, Massachusetts. My family was really close when I was growing up and my parents have been married for over thirty years. My father coached my youth...

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Why Employers Drug Test

Why Employers Drug Test

A Look at Why Employers Drug Test There are many reasons why employers drug test employees although the laws around this can be quite difficult to understand. A fair and reasonable drug testing policy can protect not only employers, but employees as well.  Drug...

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How to Help a Co-worker That May Be an Alcoholic

How to Help a Co-worker That May Be an Alcoholic

Many people may want to know how to help a co-worker that may be an alcoholic. A large majority of America’s workforce is alcoholic. Recent studies show that 7% of Americans drank alcohol at least once during a workday. They usually drank at lunch. With that said, 15%...

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The Thin Line between Love and Enabling

The Thin Line between Love and Enabling

Friends, family members, and significant others of an individual dealing with substance abuse often fail to realize that they are acting as enablers in their loved one's life. To make the decision to treat their addiction, an individual must come to terms with how...

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Hosting A Sober Super Bowl Party

Hosting A Sober Super Bowl Party

Super Bowl season is only a few days away!  Most people spend the big game watching their favorite teams, laughing at the commercials, eating as much food as possible, and downing copious amounts of alcohol. This year, you'll see that you can still enjoy the game day...

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Reading for Recovery: 6 Books You Need to Read

Reading for Recovery: 6 Books You Need to Read

We all need that extra boost sometimes on our bad days. Recovering from addiction is a great accomplishment, but it is not always easy. There are going to be days when relapse feels impossible to avoid and you’ll need to find a distraction from these feelings.It is...

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DUI: 3 Types of Field Sobriety Tests and How They Work

DUI: 3 Types of Field Sobriety Tests and How They Work

Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or narcotics is incredibly dangerous. It leads to many driving-related deaths each year. Unfortunately, many Americans still choose to get behind the wheel when they're under the influence of various substances. They...

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3 of the Largest Drug Arrests in America in 2018

3 of the Largest Drug Arrests in America in 2018

Drug arrests are some of the most common law violations in America. This is no surprise considering America’s obvious war on drugs. Law enforcement agencies are kept busy infiltrating and looking for major drug rings. Some of these operations take years, while others...

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A Wide Open Gate: Marijuana Addiction

A Wide Open Gate: Marijuana Addiction

The question is asked all the time. Is marijuana addictive? Many people argue over this, including marijuana users themselves. While some say marijuana is addictive and others do not, one thing that is certain is that marijuana can form a physical dependence. While 9%...

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Risk Factors for Cocaine Addiction

Risk Factors for Cocaine Addiction

More Americans have a cocaine addiction than you’d think. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 1.5 million Americans struggled with cocaine abuse in 2014. Of these people, 913,000 Americans met the criteria for...

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3 Signs of Heroin Withdrawal and How to Manage Them

3 Signs of Heroin Withdrawal and How to Manage Them

It’s difficult to break free from a heroin addiction when faced with signs of heroin withdrawal. The symptoms of heroin withdrawal are so intense that they drive compulsive heroin use. This results in long-term substance abuse. One of the many effects of heroin...

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