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When Life Got Real…

“FREEZE!” I will never forget hearing that word, five months ago today, as I stood in front of a friend’s house in south city St. Louis, while trying to pop the hood to a van. I had been up for four or five days, and had just done a gram shot of Ice about an […]

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Hatred Bred from Addiction

“LET THEM DIE.” “WHY ARE WE CALLING 911.” “THEY ARE JUST A USELESS JUNKIE.” “THEY WILL NEVER CHANGE.” “WHAT A WASTE.” The above sayings are all things I have read and heard in regards to addicts who have overdosed or those of whom are living in active addiction, in general. These are not the only […]

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This Too Shall Pass

Happy Thursday! Today’s Just for Today reading touches on anxiety. One of three definitions of anxiety, according to Google, is as follows: a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome Anxiety is something that has affected me personally for several years now. I have had anxiety […]

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Facebook “Doctors” and the Dangers

I keep seeing all these things pop up on my Facebook feed from people that are not psychiatrists preaching that minors should not be on psychiatric medications. Information from questionable sources are cited as facts, natural remedies are preached to be the only way to handle mental illness in children. I have many problems with […]

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Recovery is Selfish

Whenever you make the decision to enter into recovery, you are often asked why you made the decision to get clean. Answers come in various forms, such as for the kids, because I have to go or went to jail, I can’t afford it, etc. One answer most people shy away from is that they […]

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Music

MUSIC IS LIFE Music. To some people it is simply something used as white noise, a way to drown out the silence that we sometimes find ourselves in. To others, such as myself, it is life. Ever since I was a kid, music has been a staple in my life. My dad got a job […]

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Recovery Skills

When substance abuse, mental illness mix

MENU The First Rule of Recovery You don’t recover from an addiction by stopping using. You recover by creating a new life where it is easier to not use. If you don’t create a new life, then all the factors that brought you to your addiction will eventually catch up with you again. You don’t […]

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Former drug dealers tell their own stories of addiction

Former drug dealers tell their own stories of addiction

ROCHESTER, N.H. — Drug dealers play a major role in the opioid crisis facing the state, and in addition to supplying the substances being abused, they are often struggling with addiction themselves. Elizabeth Atwood said she knows firsthand about the downward spiral of substance abuse. "I don’t know when it happened. I think it started […]

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Angela Singer’s struggles with addiction and self harm became a journey of redemption and hope

Angela Singer's struggles with addiction and self harm became a journey of redemption and hope

Amid scars lining Angela Singer’s left arm are the tattooed words “Without struggle there is no progress.” Inked on her right wrist is “fearless” — reminders of a painful journey that nearly ended in her death, but has evolved into inner peace. For years, Singer harboured anger and bitterness after she was sexually abused at […]

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Is drug addiction a mental illness?

Is drug addiction a mental illness?

Yes, because addiction changes the brain in fundamental ways, disturbing a person’s normal hierarchy of needs and desires and substituting new priorities connected with procuring and using the drug. The resulting compulsive behaviors that override the ability to control impulses despite the consequences are similar to hallmarks of other mental illnesses. In fact, the DSM, […]

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Body, Mind and Spirit after Addiction

Holistic Addiction Treatment: Prayer / Spiritual Healing

Addiction is a devastating disease which affects the addicted person in body, mind and spirit. After receiving treatment for an addiction, the work for the addicted person is only beginning. The addicted person has to find a way to heal from all the pain and anguish that the addiction caused. Since the addiction affected you […]

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