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,…

10-AA-Slogans-and-Their-Deeper-Meanings

10 AA Slogans and Their Deeper Meanings

When people first join Alcoholics Anonymous, they may raise their eyebrows at some of the common AA slogans and phrases. These slogans often sound cheesy, especially when they get constantly repeated by people who say them without context of their deeper meanings. The newcomer simply hears someone spouting clichés without bothering to explain them. It…

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…

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…

Can-Alcoholics-Drink-Non-Alcoholic-Beer-Banner

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…

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…

Peer Pressure Before And After Addiction Recovery

Peer pressure is something they tell you about early on in life. Many of us first hear about it from DARE officers in school. We see PSAs on television, and often receive talks from our parents. Unfortunately, however, we don’t always pay too much attention. We figure that we’ll never be at risk, that we’re…

College Drug Addiction: Dealing with Drug Dependence in School

Most people know college as a time for experimentation. This is when you drink, try out a few drugs, and maybe even test out your sexual preferences. At least, that’s what TV and movies might have us believe. In truth, it doesn’t take that long to decide whether or not drugs and alcohol might do…