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Finding My Own Path of Recovery

Do you have a path of recovery? I was so exhausted. Mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually spent. And so demoralized.  I just could not figure out a path of recovery to stay sober.  With every relapse I became more and more convinced that I was doomed to the hell of an alcoholic death.  Long, slow, lonely, and certain. […]

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How to Recognize Your Inner Critic

There’s a tiny voice in the back of our minds that plays off our greatest anxieties, giving its dialogue an addictive quality. Here is a guided meditation to help loosen the grip of problematic thought loops that keep us mired in self-criticism. This practice is really about communicating with the inner critic, and, as for […]

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Neurontin (Gabapentin)—The New Drug Threat You Didn’t know About

“The high rate of misuse of this medication is surprising and it is also a wakeup call for prescribers. Doctors don’t usually screen for gabapentin abuse when making sure patients are taking medications, such as opioids, as prescribed. These findings reveal that there is a growing risk of abuse and a need for more robust […]

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Do Controlling Parents Increase Kids’ Risk of Addiction?

Hear the phrase “controlling parent” and you may call to mind a mother or father who hovers incessantly over a child, meddling in their relationships and dictating how their child should act, dress, express and comport themselves. While it may seem that these parents want the best for their children – say, by ensuring they […]

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SF mayor’s bold plan to treat heroin addicts on the street

At a city health clinic , Rebecca Pfeifer-Rosenblum (left), a registered nurse with the street med ical team, gathers supplies for Ronald Sellers, who recently moved into a Navigation Center . San Francisco’s mayor wants to create a special medical team — the first of its kind in the nation — to spread out onto […]

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Do clean needle exchanges for addicts work?

33 states have opened up clean needle exchanges to address the problem. Missouri is not one of them. Illinois is. CHICAGO – As the use of heroin and opioids increase across the country, so does the risk of spreading deadly diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C. 33 states have opened up clean needle exchanges to […]

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Gabapentin Addiction in the US – Everything you need to know

Why Gabapentin is becoming an addiction?   Gabapentin Addiction   Gabapentin, also known by its street name “Johnny’s”, is a prescription medication prescribed by doctors in a few different forms including capsules, tablets, and oral-based solution.  If Gabapentin is a medication that you haven’t heard of you’ll more than likely learn about it relatively soon in the […]

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Drug Policies Without Compassion are Doomed to Fail

If you ask people what caused the opioid crisis ravaging our country, you’ll no doubt hear that doctors are to blame for handing out painkiller prescriptions too liberally. That narrative makes sense: Over the past few decades, doctors have massively increased the amount of opioid prescriptions going to patients. Most heroin users report that they started off abusing prescription […]

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Women in Recovery: Establishing Healthy Relationships in Early Recovery is Not So Easy

  Addiction Destroys Genuine Intimacy Women in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction describe their emotional struggle during recovery as empty, lonely, guilty, disconnected and numb. For the woman who is still addicted, these fearful and painful emotions are temporarily remedied by drugs and/or alcohol and, sometimes, sexual encounters. “Most of the time I felt […]

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Defeating the Odds in Trauma and Addiction Recovery

  It’s easy to think the odds are against you when you’re in recovery. The National Institute on Drug Abuse tells us 40 to 60 percent of people in recovery relapse. The Fix tells us nearly 80 percent of opioid users relapse even after treatment. If relapse is so likely, how do we stay positive, stay hopeful and, most […]

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How do I stop eating and craving junk food?

The reason that you crave junk food, chocolate, candy, and other sweets is because of sugar and carb addiction. Not all sugar and carbs are bad so it helps to know which are the ones that cause cravings. The foods that contain addictive refined sugar are easy to identify – the addictive carbs are less […]

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How to Heal Your Emotional Self in Addiction Treatment

When people arrive at the doorstep of surrender and they are contemplating the leap into addiction recovery, they are very often quite battered emotionally. This is because they have been medicating their negative emotions with drugs or alcohol for quite some time. Also, as they have gone deeper and deeper into their addiction, they have […]

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