Operation Clean Recovery

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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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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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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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 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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The Power of Intention in Recovery

  As a recovering addict, your intentions can be your friend or your enemy, depending on your level of focus and clarity. You have to be clear about what you want before you can choose a constructive and life-affirming path. ACT therapy programs can help you eliminate the confusion that left you lost in the wilderness of […]

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Explaining Addiction to Your Child

Addiction is a ruthless disease that tears apart people’s lives, relationships, and families. Over the past decade, addiction rates have risen to an extremely dangerous level within the United States, as well as around the world. For this reason, it’s important that we don’t shy away from addiction, as a topic, and work to make […]

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Parent of Drug Addict Help: 10 Truths to Help Parents

I Am The Mother of An Addict I am the mother of an addict who is currently incarcerated.  He is a 22 year old young man that I know for a fact is sweet, kind and intelligent, musical and sensitive. Yet he is now a convicted felon who will spend the next 4 years in […]

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The Aftermath of Addiction: How to Deal with Recovery Fatigue

Drug and alcohol addiction is a big problem and crisis issue, to say the least.  It has been a problem and a crisis that has only gone up and that has only gotten worse and worse as the years have gone by.  If something is not done soon to address the addiction crisis issue then […]

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5 Things too Precious to Sacrifice to Addiction

When you get addicted to drugs everything else in your life goes to the wayside. These 5 things too precious to sacrifice to addiction are reminders of everything you lose with substance abuse. Many addicts I know picked up for the first time in an attempt to cope with physical or emotional pain, trauma and […]

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Public vs. Private Addiction Treatment: Which is More Effective?

The United States of America and her people are now living through the worst period of drug abuse and addiction problems in our nation’s history. The addiction rates for nearly all commonly addictive drugs are well up compared to previous years, but by far the worst culprit in the moment is prescription opioid painkillers and […]

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