Warning Signs of a Relapse

A common misconception about addiction recovery is that once a person gets clean, they’re fully recovered. But it would be far more truthful to think of sobriety as a journey rather than a destination. And as we embark upon this journey, we encounter many obstacles along the way. One of these is the potential for…

Why Relapse is Not a Sign of Failure

Many recovering addicts and alcoholics view relapse as synonymous with failure. We see it as a sign that we have learned nothing from our daily regimen of meetings, meditations, and calls to our sponsors. After spending weeks, months or even years working toward our spiritual development, one relapse sends us right back into our old…

How to Help an Addict Who Doesn’t Want Help

Have you found out that a loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol? Have you confronted them about their addiction? Perhaps they have refused treatment. Maybe they do not even admit that they have a problem. When a friend or loved one simply does not want help, it can be devastating and incredibly painful…

Can You Beat Heroin Addiction on Your Own?

It is common knowledge that addiction is a tough thing to overcome. It does not matter what the substance or behavior is. Stopping any behavior cold turkey is difficult for anyone. Heroin addiction is no different. Believe it or not, there are some people who kick their opioid addiction all on their own. How can that be,…

The Benefits of Long Term Treatment

Beating an addiction is certainly not an easy thing to do. You have probably heard the saying “Time heals all wounds.” This is definitely true for many physical wounds and emotional heartbreaks. But what about those who are battling addiction to drugs or alcohol – Is the saying true for them as well? Quite simply,…

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 us devastated. Tortured by the pain of our own…

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.…

Addiction During the Holidays

At this time of year, treatment centers such as Amethyst Recovery often find ourselves without too many empty beds. In fact, treatment centers aren’t the only institutions that struggle with this issue. Walk into any city jail between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and you’re sure to find a pretty crowded cell block. And if you ask…

Opportunity Cost and the Choices We Make In Active Addiction

When we refer to alcoholism and addiction as a “disease,” some people misinterpret this as an excuse for our behaviors. They believe the implication to be that we had no choice in our actions, that we simply went about like mindless zombies. And at times, this wasn’t so far from the truth. Nonetheless, we still…

Finding New Freedom at Amethyst Recovery

Addicts and alcoholics share many things in common, but among the most troubling is our penchant for twisted logic. Any outside observer can tell that substance abuse has become our ball and chain. Nonetheless, many of us tend to glorify drugs and alcohol in our minds. We feel that drugs and alcohol liberate us from…