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  • 5 Healthy ways to Deal with Early Recovery from Opioids

    5 Healthy ways to Deal with Early Recovery from Opioids

    The process of recovery from opioids can sometimes feel very difficult. Part of this is from the intense physical withdraw opioids create, as your body may have lost the ability to function, feel healthy, or receive positive feelings without the substance use.

  • Anxiety and Depression Prescriptions Leading to Prescription Drug Abuse

    Anxiety and Depression Prescriptions Leading to Prescription Drug Abuse

    The most commonly prescribed medication for anxiety and depression are a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. This category includes recognizable names such as Xanax and Valium. These medications are prescribed for a variety of conditions, including anxiety, insomnia, withdrawal from alcohol, seizure, as a muscle relaxer, and as a sedative before events such as surgery.

  • The Defining Line between Xanax and other Benzodiazepines

    The Defining Line between Xanax and other Benzodiazepines

    Every year, there are almost 100 million people who are prescribed drugs from the benzodiazepine family to treat anxiety and insomnia. But how do these drugs work? And how does Xanax differ from the other commonly prescribed benzodiazepines? The following is a short guide to the various anti anxiety drugs, how they are taken, and how they work to treat anxiety disorders.

  • Identifying as an Alcoholic is the First Step to Recovery

    Identifying as an Alcoholic is the First Step to Recovery

    If you are familiar with the concept of the twelve step program then you have probably heard that the first step is to admit you have a problem. This is the foundation that begins a person's recovery when they start going to twelve meetings or enter a rehab treatment center. It is not possible to rid yourself of an addiction when you are still in denial to some extent about how your actions have affecting your life and the people around you.

  • 5 Tips for Organizing an Alcoholic Intervention

    5 Tips for Organizing an Alcoholic Intervention

    When someone you love has an alcohol problem, it can seem overwhelming to try to help them or convince them to enter treatment. You don't want to push them away or make the problem worse by confronting them, but you can't go on watching them in their self-destruction.

  • The Gift of Clarity that Sobriety Offers

    The Gift of Clarity that Sobriety Offers

    For people that have struggled for years with addiction, sobriety can offer them many gifts to change their life for the better. Being addicted to a substance can mean that you are living your life in a fog and are not present through most of your existence.

  • 6 Facts Teens Need to Know About Underage Drinking

    6 Facts Teens Need to Know About Underage Drinking

    It is becoming increasingly common for teens to start drinking in middle school or high school because of their friends and peers. Unfortunately, many of these teens can become addicted or move on to do other types of drugs when they begin drinking early.

  • What a Year of No Alcohol Will Do for Your Body

    What a Year of No Alcohol Will Do for Your Body

    People who go into alcohol recovery begin to experience the many health benefits of abstaining from drinking. Even for people who do not suffer from addiction, quitting alcohol can have great effects on your health and body

  • 5 Reasons a Real Alcoholic Needs to Hit Rock Bottom

    5 Reasons a Real Alcoholic Needs to Hit Rock Bottom

    Watching someone deep in the throws of addiction can be a deeply painful process, especially if you are in the recovery process yourself. You may want desperately to do whatever you can to pull them out of a pit of self-destruction.

  • Why Alcoholics use Alcohol to Suppresses Emotion

    Why Alcoholics use Alcohol to Suppresses Emotion

    Most people experience hard emotions on a regular basis, such as feelings of anxiety, stress, sadness, or anger. The pressure and tensions from hard feelings are normal parts of being alive, and something we must all find ways to deal with.

  • 10 Facts about Drunk Driving that you need to Know

    10 Facts about Drunk Driving that you need to Know

    Driving drunk is extremely dangerous, both for yourself and for pedestrians and other drivers. Driving is a difficult and dangerous activity that requires your full concentration, and few things can impair your ability to give driving an adequate level of concentration like being under the influence. Here are some sobering facts about drunk driving you should be aware of.

  • Cutting back on Alcohol for a Lower Risk of Dementia

    Cutting back on Alcohol for a Lower Risk of Dementia

    Dementia is a serious and often very painful condition that claims the memories and limits the functioning of an elderly person's brain. There is currently no known cure for this disease that can severely limit a person's ability to interact with others or have awareness of the surrounding world.

  • 5 Reasons you may be Dependent on Alcohol

    5 Reasons you may be Dependent on Alcohol

    Not everyone who consumes alcohol has issues with alcohol dependence. Plenty of people are able to drink in moderation, without many ill effects on their physical or mental health, and they are able to stop drinking if their behavior ever becomes harmful or creates negative consequences.

  • Why Protecting Anonymity is Extremely Important

    Why Protecting Anonymity is Extremely Important

    The tradition of maintaining anonymity in recovery dates back 76 years to when Alcoholics Anonymous first began. It continues to be a major part of the 12 step group today. The purpose of protecting anonymity is to make members of the group feel safe and to create an environment where all individuals are equal.

  • 5 Coping Mechanisms to deal with Addiction Withdrawal

    5 Coping Mechanisms to deal with Addiction Withdrawal

    Overcoming an addiction is not simple. Making the decision to stop drinking or using drugs is only the first step in a long process. The goal of recovery is to create a new life that is healthier and more balanced.

  • What Coffee Does to the Brain

    What Coffee Does to the Brain

    Coffee addicts know just how important it is to get that first (and second, and third...) cup of coffee in the morning before getting started with the day. Having that cup helps you to not only wake up, but also feel like a normal, functioning human being. But how does it work? There is a scientific explanation for how coffee gives you energy and it all has to do with the chemicals in your brain.

  • 5 Ways to Accomplish Your Goals This Year

    5 Ways to Accomplish Your Goals This Year

    It's easy to get caught up in the excitement and optimistic energy of the new year and make resolutions that you may not be able to keep. Now that we're well into January, it's time to take a look back and see where you are with those resolutions.

  • Why Service in Recovery Helps Keep You Sober

    Why Service in Recovery Helps Keep You Sober

    At the beginning of a journey through a 12 step program, the importance of being of service is stressed. Many who are new to recovery may not understand what being of service exactly means and how it is supposed to be done. The following is a short guide describing the role of service during the recovery process and how it can change the quality of your experience, as well as help others.

  • 10 Ways to Fight Feelings of Uselessness in Recovery

    10 Ways to Fight Feelings of Uselessness in Recovery

    While someone is addicted to alcohol or drugs, much of their time and energy is spent thinking about, planning or being intoxicated. When they finally become sober they may suddenly find themselves with hours of free time and not know what to do with it.

  • The Emotional State of Getting Clean and Sober

    The Emotional State of Getting Clean and Sober

    When someone suffers from addiction, in many cases they use their drug or alcohol abuse as a way to escape their feelings. Addicts become drunk or high to numb their pain and avoid dealing with any of their painful feelings.

  • 5 Tips to Help Your Alcoholic Parent

    5 Tips to Help Your Alcoholic Parent

    There are more than 17 million adults in the U.S. who are suffering from alcoholism and many of those alcoholics are parents. When children of alcoholic parents reach adulthood they may become concerned for their parents and want them to finally get some help.

  • How Medical Detox Process works to Eliminate Addiction

    How Medical Detox Process works to Eliminate Addiction

    Before an addict enters a rehab treatment program they must first get through detoxification to make sure they have gotten rid of their physical dependency on drugs or alcohol. Detoxification means that addicts become completely abstinent from any drug use and begin to experience withdrawal symptoms.

  • Hit the Reset Button with these 5 Meditation Tips

    Hit the Reset Button with these 5 Meditation Tips

    When daily stress builds up or you feel overwhelmed by life, meditation is a good way to collect yourself and start over with a fresh outlook. Meditation can help clear your mind of racing thoughts, relax your body and is also beneficial for your physical and mental health

  • How Pain Management allows Recovering Addicts cope with Surgery

    How Pain Management allows Recovering Addicts cope with Surgery

    Today's medical community has made untold advantages and progress, so that a safe, easy, and healthy recovery from the pain of surgery is possible like never before. However, many of the pain relievers are extremely addictive and can cause serious problems if taken outside of careful medical supervision.

  • 5 Ways to Handle Your Alcoholic Best Friend

    5 Ways to Handle Your Alcoholic Best Friend

    Few things are more painful to witness then seeing someone you can about deeply struggle with the throws of an addiction. In ways the person is unable to appreciate him or her self, you see how an amazing human being is being squandered and lost under a haze of influence and addiction.

  • How Routines Increase Long-Term Productivity

    How Routines Increase Long-Term Productivity

    Most people have had the experience of seeing their day disappear, of "wasting time," with television or the internet and then wondering where the hours went, before they feel like they've gotten a chance to accomplish their plans. Many people feel like their lives are very busy and would like to accomplish more in their day.

  • Scott Disick Still Dealing With Alcoholism

    Scott Disick Still Dealing With Alcoholism

    The model and reality tv star has been having a very public battle with drugs and alcohol. Scott Disick may be known mostly as Kourtney Kardashian's boyfriend and father of her three children, but the 31 year old is also struggling with an alcohol addiction

  • Utilize Fitness to Increase the Quality of your Recovery

    Utilize Fitness to Increase the Quality of your Recovery

    It is mostly common knowledge that drug or excessive alcohol use can be very harmful to your health, even among users themselves. Premature death or at least heavy damage to liver, heart, and throat among addicts is very common, and often one of the main motivational factors causing people to work on their recovery.

  • 5 Reasons to Set Goals Not Resolutions in 2015

    5 Reasons to Set Goals Not Resolutions in 2015

    As we come upon a new year, many people take advantage of the change in the calendar to revaluate their life and think about what they would like to change. Many people start out the New Year making resolutions, or promises to pick up good habits or stop bad ones, or otherwise make a sweeping change.

  • Is Johnny Depp Entering Rehab?

    Is Johnny Depp Entering Rehab?

    The actor's recent appearance at the Hollywood Film Awards has aroused concern among fans and peers about his alcohol use. Depp took the stage at the awards show in November to introduce the Mike Myers documentary, Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon, which won an award. Depp appeared to be intoxicated.

  • Bradley Cooper Refuses to Break Sobriety for American Sniper Role

    Bradley Cooper Refuses to Break Sobriety for American Sniper Role

    The Oscar nominated actor has been candid about his long journey to sobriety and the many struggles that brought him there. Recently, Cooper opened up in an interview with Vanity Fair about the unique challenge he faced while filming the Clint Eastwood film American Sniper.

  • Skip Bayless Jumping the Gun by Calling Manziel an Alcoholic?

    Skip Bayless Jumping the Gun by Calling Manziel an Alcoholic?

    Co host of ESPN's "First Take" and sports writer Skip Bayless has aroused controversy once again by calling Texas quarterback Johnny Manziel an alcoholic on the show last week. Many viewers were outraged by the comments, saying they were uncalled for.

  • Sober Buddy Apps Emerges with the Best of Intentions

    Sober Buddy Apps Emerges with the Best of Intentions

    The number of people in the U.S. who are battling alcoholism has gone down in recent decades, but there are still 17 million Americans currently dealing with an alcohol addiction. That's still a staggering number. The good news is that if you're one of those who struggle with alcohol, you can find some hope in knowing that you're not alone.

  • Why Heroin Addiction is Much More Common in Adolescents

    Why Heroin Addiction is Much More Common in Adolescents

    Heroin addiction can be a devastating problem and the scourge of heroin abuse has been growing especially among teens and adolescents in the U.S. With the rise in availability of cheap heroin on the streets, more young people are exposed to the drug and have a greater risk of becoming addicted.

  • The Relevance of Secondary Addictions to those in Recovery

    The Relevance of Secondary Addictions to those in Recovery

    People who suffer from an addiction to drugs or alcohol may be addicted to more than just the substance itself. Substance abusers usually have addictive personalities and this can lead to them becoming addicted to activities surrounding their drug use or replacing their primary addiction with another.

  • App for Smart Phone Can Tell How Meds Affect Methadone Maintenance

    App for Smart Phone Can Tell How Meds Affect Methadone Maintenance

    Using methadone as a way to ease out of opiate addiction can be a successful tool for addicts but they must be especially cautious throughout their methadone program. Addicts using methadone need to be careful and always conscious of the risk of other medications interacting with their dosage and causing problems.

  • ‘To Write Love on Her Arms’ Movie Draws on Global Movement for Inspiration

    ‘To Write Love on Her Arms’ Movie Draws on Global Movement for Inspiration

    A new film starring Emmy award winning actress Kat Dennings will follow the true story of a young woman coping with depression and drug addiction. The movie is based on the life of a girl named Renee Yohe who’s struggles to recover from addiction became the inspiration for the global movement known as “To Write Love on Her Arms”.

  • Illinois Senator Kirk Takes Action to Stop Heroin Overdose

    Illinois Senator Kirk Takes Action to Stop Heroin Overdose

    Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois and others are hoping to help reduce the number of heroin overdose deaths by pushing the FDA to approve a drug called Naloxone or more commonly, Narcan. Narcan is the nasal form of Naloxone which can be used by first responders to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.

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