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How to Give Back on Mother’s Day

How to Give Back on Mother’s Day

  Mothers are the nurturers of nations and the cornerstones of kingdoms. For generations they have been overburdened and underappreciated. Only one day of the entire year is designated to honor them and all they have done for us. But how many times have we addicts neglected even this special day in pursuit of drugs, parties, etc.? When it comes to the suffering addict’s loved ones, no one suffers or worries more than the mother. It’s … Read entire article »

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Kosher Smokes for Passover? Oy Vey!

Kosher Smokes for Passover? Oy Vey!

  Three brands of smokes are now branded “Kosher for Passover” after thorough inspections of local cigarette factories.  Jews that observe the Passover tradition in Israel can now enjoy a “rabbi-approved puff” during the week-long holiday.  The Passover holiday started at sundown last Monday. The website Judaism 101 defines Kashrut as the body of Jewish law dealing with what foods we can and cannot eat and how those foods must be prepared and eaten.  ‘Kashrut’ comes from … Read entire article »

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Winter Blues

Winter Blues

  Having a case of the winter blues is not uncommon for many people, but it could be a sign of seasonal affective disorder (SAD).  Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that develops during the winter. One in five Americans has seasonal affective disorder.   It is more common amongst women and in northern climates that get less sunlight. Here are symptoms of seasonal affective disorder according to Mayo Clinic experts: Depression Hopelessness Anxiety Loss of energy Heavy, “leaden” feeling in … Read entire article »

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New Year’s Resolutions for the Depressed and Anxious

  The start of a New Year can be really great for those of us who struggle with mental illness.  It can be a time to look back on the year and learn from it.  It is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings.  This time can be filled with hope and promise, but with it comes the stress of the New Year’s resolution. I don’t know about you, but for me, a person who struggles with depression and anxiety, the idea of needing to make a New Year’s resolution puts me into a tizzy.  Just the word “resolution” itself carries such a heavy weight in my mind.  According to dictionary.com, a resolution is “an act of resolving or determining; firmness of purpose.”  This implies that there is no going back; … Read entire article »

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Kevin’s Holiday Tips

Kevin’s Holiday Tips

  The holidays are stressful and filled with triggers that may bust the sobriety of those of us with substance abuse problems.  For example, holiday parties where people are drinking or extra time off from work may cause someone to want to drink or use. Good stress management is essential during this season.  Fighting off the temptations of the holiday season can be exhausting.  There are many things you can do to help clear your mind, such … Read entire article »

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An Action Plan to Stay Sober through Holiday Celebrations

  With Thanksgiving gone and the holidays fast approaching, it may be time to develop a plan of action so that your sobriety won’t be jeopardized. Whether you plan to attend Christmas or New Year’s festivities with family and friends, or you celebrate other holidays, the odds of experiencing difficulty staying away from drugs and alcohol increases. It’s not a secret that most holiday gatherings include some form of mind altering substance. Whether booze, wine, beer, champagne or illegal drugs people often feel that holiday parties are the time to get down and use. It is almost unavoidable for most of us. I would like to suggest making a plan of action that you can follow if you encounter a difficult situation that triggers you to use. Here are some steps … Read entire article »

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The Eating Disorder Survival Guide: Holiday Edition

The Eating Disorder Survival Guide: Holiday Edition

  The holiday season can be an intense time for those in recovery from an eating disorder.  It is a time filled with lots of food, most of which is calorie-laden.  For many of us, there is a lot of social value attached to special holiday feasts.  The holidays can be stressful for everyone, but for the 10 million Americans who struggle with an eating disorder it can be a downright nightmare.  According to Dr. Cynthia … Read entire article »

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My First Sober Trip Back Home for the Holidays

  Thanksgiving 2012 was the first time I have been home since leaving for rehab in early January.  Before I left my home in Pittsburgh, PA, about ten-and-a-half months ago my life was in shambles.  I was dying from alcoholism and drug addiction, my family and friends had no hope that I would ever accomplish anything in life, and I was in serious denial that I even had a problem with substances.  That all changed in time when I found— no surprise—that my life was significantly better without drugs or alcohol and that I could actually live a good life not using. Last month, with more than nine months of sobriety under my belt, I thought things would have changed with my family and friends – but they did not.  My expectations … Read entire article »

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Thanksgiving Dishes of Sobriety

  Thanksgiving provides us with a reason to celebrate with family and friends as we count our blessings for our sobriety and our courage in our decision to face our drug and alcohol problems.  Whether newly sober or a long-time abstainer from drugs and alcohol, we recovering addicts have many reasons to be thankful for our new, healthy lives.  The depths of depravity we experienced while using pale in comparison to the happiness brought by our sobriety.  We face our demons every day and continue to take positive steps to better our understanding of our sobriety and what is means to live a truly sober life.  Thanksgiving give us the opportunity to give thanks for the road we’ve embarked upon to actively participate in staying sober.  Below, we suggest a breakdown … Read entire article »

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Shopping Addicts Be Warned: Black Friday Has Become Grey Thursday

  The weekend following Thanksgiving has marked the start of the holiday shopping rush for Americans since the 19th century. It also begins the most stressful times for practicing and recovering shopping addicts. New York City’s big department stores embraced the idea as a marketing gimmick in the early 20th century, staging events, releasing their first Christmas ads, and hosting parades, most notably Macy’s annual extravaganza, which debuted in 1924.  Thanksgiving parades traditionally ended with an appearance of Santa Claus, signaling the start of the last great holiday rush of the year.  During the Great Depression, facilitating the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy became so important to merchants they lobbied to move up Thanksgiving a week in 1939. The use of the name “Black Friday” became popular later in the 20th century.  Initially it was … Read entire article »

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