relapse prevention

Using Relapse Prevention To Achieve Sobriety

A British theologian once wrote, “every moment of resistance to temptation is a victory.” This holds true for many things, but it is especially true during drug relapse prevention. When you’re addicted to drugs or alcohol, your coping skills are compromised. The initial treatment for your pain is substance abuse. Then, after you calm down…

Traits of an Addictive Personality

Those who suffer from substance use disorder often experience any number of cross-addictions. Many will find themselves addicted to multiple substances at once. Others may struggle to regulate behaviors such as eating, gambling, shopping, or sex. These latter cases, whether considered “addictions” in the traditional sense or not, often give rise to the concept of…

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 Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (TTY 1-800-787-3224) for more info on…

Learning to Stand Up for Ourselves

We should all embrace the need to stand up for ourselves when necessary. There are many different types of addicts and alcoholics. Many outsiders picture the substance abuser as someone who has trouble controlling their anger. They picture us as people who, with lowered inhibitions, will speak harshly or even commit acts of violence. They…

Do We All Have A Dark Side?

On the face of things, it may seem rather cynical to proclaim that we all have a dark side. Luke Skywalker got a little angry, but ultimately remained a Jedi. And looking outside of fictional characters, you won’t find a whole lot of stories about that time Mother Teresa got drunk and screamed at her…

Fulfilling the Twelve Promises: Part 5

Our past articles on the Twelve Promises have not really tied into the Twelve Steps or Twelve Traditions for the assigned months. This month, however, is a little bit different. The Fifth Promise most certainly relates to the Fifth Tradition, and in a rather significant way. While Tradition Five is all about the need to…

Life Skills Education at Amethyst Recovery

“No life skills.” This is a common insult you may occasionally hear thrown around—often behind a person’s back—when they have trouble cooking, cleaning up after themselves, or even socializing with other people. But while people are often judged quite harshly for these shortcomings, the fact of the matter is that many people have never been…

This Is Your Future on Drugs

There’s a 1997 anti-drug commercial starring Rachel Leigh Cook that you’ve probably heard of before. A remake of an older PSA (which launched the popularity of the “this is your brain on drugs” slogan), the 1997 version achieved such a high level of popularity that it has been spoofed literally dozens of times, on everything…

Understanding and Practicing Step Five

It’s May, which means that summer is just around the corner. More importantly, it’s time for our fifth installment of our series on the Twelve Steps. Step Five is directly related to Step Four, so those who are either on Step Four or about to begin it should benefit quite a bit from the advice…

Identifying and Treating Gambling Addiction

Amethyst Recovery specializes in drug and alcohol addiction, but we sometimes encounter patients who are addicted to other vices as well. We mentioned this a while back, when we covered the topic of sex addiction. But while we may meet the occasional person with addictive sexual tendencies, we seem to encounter patients who suffer from…