At Sixes and Sevens: The Overlap of Alcoholism & Gambling

How Alcohol and Gambling Overlap

One of the issues that makes addiction more complex than some other chronic diseases is the potential for addiction to more than one substance or behavior at one time or for two addictions to play off of each other in dangerous ways. Such connections are common with addictions to gambling and alcohol. These addictions are intertwined in a… Read More

Depressants: A Drug Profile

A Drug Profile - Depressants

Depressants, also called central nervous system depressants, are a type of prescription medication given to those who have anxiety, acute stress reactions or panic. They work to slow down the brain’s activity and include sedatives, hypnotics and tranquilizers. Here’s a closer look at what depressants are and how they work. Depressants have long been a drug of choice… Read More

Making the Most of Grief: Coping With Loss of a Loved One in Recovery

Family member died in recovery -dealing with loss

Recovery from addiction, no matter what shape it takes or the stage that it’s in, is an emotionally taxing time for anyone. Being able to resist the strongest temptations and make sweeping changes to your life isn’t easily done. The difficulty of recovery is amplified, however, when grief is added. Losing a loved one can bring great sadness for anyone,… Read More

Losing Yourself: Ego-Syntonic and Ego-Dystonic Behaviors in Addiction

How EgoDystonic behavior begins controlling the addict

Addiction is a complex disease that impacts all aspects of your life. It affects you physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically, causing you to change how you think, feel and act. When you’re struggling with addiction to a particular substance like heroin, alcohol, opiates, or a combination of different drugs, chances are good that your addiction likely seemed to be safe… Read More

A.A. Explained: Why the 12-step Journey Begins With “Powerlessness”

The importance of powerlessness

In 1939, Bill W. and Dr. Bob S., the founders of Alcoholic Anonymous, published the first edition of “The Big Book.” In it, they outlined AA’s philosophy and methods for a peer-based recovery program for alcoholics based on the Twelve Steps of recovery. Worldwide, alcoholics, addicts and treatment professionals embraced the Twelve Steps, and more than 35 million copies of AA’s Big Book have… Read More

America’s Response to Opioids: Rising to the Challenge?

How is America responding to the opioid crisis?

Opioids are one of the biggest threats to Americans today, as the National Institute on Drug Abuse makes clear in a recent report. As of January 2019, over 130 people die every day using opioids. This includes drugs such as prescription painkillers and synthetic drugs such as fentanyl and heroin. Consider it from a financial point of view. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and… Read More

How Your Substance Abuse Baggage Is Weighing You Down

How substance abuse baggage is weighing you down

A common topic of discussion in recovery is whether someone can find a lasting romantic connection with another person in spite of their addiction or mental health disorder, and the fact is, it’s not easy. There are a huge number of ways your recovery can wreak havoc on your ability to have a functioning relationship. Nevertheless, human beings… Read More

Love Actually: Tips for a Safe & Sober Valentine’s Day With Your Sweetheart

Have a safe and sober valentines day with your sweetheart

After attending treatment and beginning the recovery process for addiction, many facets of normal life change radically. Friends, recreational activities, employment, and even interpersonal relationships are likely to shift, creating a whole new approach to daily lifestyle choices. Less than half of those who seek sobriety relapse and the odds of success are highest for those who make it at… Read More

Alumni Outlook: The Hardest Part of Recovery

Alumni Addiction Testimonial - the hardest part of recovery

Whether we have been sober 3 years or 30 days, most would agree our sickness is propelled by negative thinking and behaviors. The common connection between all addicts is our fundamental inability to deal with emotions. Many addicts turn to drugs/alcohol in order to escape reality and shift our thinking. Once we escape the grips of addiction, for… Read More

How Much Is Healthy: Alcohol and the Myth of the Happy Medium

Alcohol and the myth of the happy medium

Imagine what would happen if a pharmaceutical company tried to introduce a new drug today: one that’s known to inhibit the central nervous system and depress both physical and psychological activity even when taken in small doses. Add to that the fact that this new drug triggers the release of naturally occurring opioids called endorphins in the brain, dramatically increasing the odds… Read More