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How I Lost My Seroquel Weight

How I Lost My Seroquel Weight

  When I first arrived for drug rehab, my treatment team decided that I would benefit from a medication called Seroquel.  Although Seroquel is an anti-psychotic medication, it is also used to fight anxiety and cravings associated with drugs and alcohol. I wasn’t given much of a choice whether or not to take the medication, so I went along with it. I was given a very heavy dose and the results were pleasant. Seroquel got me through … Read entire article »

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My Path to Sobriety and Gratefulness

  After being in rehab for over five months and achieving sobriety, I have finally turned my cell phone back on. However, my old friends and connections back home where I was involved in the drug scene were unaware of this. This is not to say I haven’t been in contact with my friends. I am the type of drug addict who compartmentalizes his addiction. I have some really good friends whom I will always stay in contact with no matter what. On the other hand there has always been another area of friends who I am solely involved with due to drug use.  As much as I try to compartmentalize these two aspects of my life, they occasionally cross paths. This happened today. About thirty minutes ago I received a phone call … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Life, Recovery, Spirituality, Substance Abuse

When Personal Crisis Strikes

When Personal Crisis Strikes

  Turning for help when a personal crisis hits is critical, as it can be the difference between life and death. There are nearly 30,000 suicides in the United States each year, and many of them could have been averted if the person contemplating suicide turned to get help. I am not saying that, before committing suicide, some of those people didn’t ask for help or cry out in their own way. Perhaps they did try to … Read entire article »

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The Past Meets the Present in My Recovery

The Past Meets the Present in My Recovery

  In recovery, we work hard to acknowledge our past, make peace with it, and move forward. Despite all of our efforts, there are times when our pasts will show up uninvited into our lives. This can be a very jarring experience, because it brings together two very different aspects of our lives: our lives in recovery and our lives in active addiction. We can choose to react to these situations rationally or emotionally; we can … Read entire article »

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Research links Casual Sex in College to Psychological Distress

 College offers an opportunity to further academic studies, but it’s also an environment where students can grow and learn about themselves outside the classroom. It can be a time of personal growth yet also a source of distress for many students. These young adults are learning who they are – they’re finding their path in life, they may be experimenting with drugs and alcohol – perhaps binge drinking, or engaging in casual sex. It’s an exciting time, but also one of hidden dangers; students can develop a substance abuse problem or may struggle with a mental health disorder. Not to mention, college students may also be practicing promiscuous or unsafe sex.  Although this aspect of college life may seem normal to many young students, a new study suggests there is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Love and Relationships, Mental Illness, Research

To Avoid, or Not to Avoid? Avoidance as an Emotional Coping Strategy

To Avoid, or Not to Avoid? Avoidance as an Emotional Coping Strategy

Do you ever avoid things that you don’t want to do? Do you feel that avoiding certain activities, events, or disputes is the best thing to do when your priorities conflict with each other? New research suggests avoidance might actually be  an effective coping strategy in specific situations. However, when dealing with intense thoughts, memories, or emotions, avoidance coping has many drawbacks, and can cause a host of other issues. It can also be vital … Read entire article »

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Finding My Purpose in Recovery

Finding My Purpose in Recovery

  When someone’s active in their addiction, finding a purpose in life seems counterintuitive. Addiction leads us to a point where we’re surviving on instinct, rather than actually living life. Some of us had a clear-cut purpose before we started drinking and using; and some of us didn’t. However, once we get sober and begin to work a program of recovery, many of us still don’t have a clear-cut idea of what direction we want … Read entire article »

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Accepting my Chaos

Accepting my Chaos

  About 14 months ago, in May 2012, I decided to enter a residential treatment center for a variety of emotional issues – extreme emotional dysregulation, chaotic interpersonal relationships, and an unstable sense of self, to name a few. My life before treatment was quite a kerfuffle, and my ability to function in society was dismal at best. While I was aware that I needed the intensive help of acute care, I also did not want … Read entire article »

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The Stigma of Suicide and Grieving

The Stigma of Suicide and Grieving

  Losing a loved one to death is a painful and difficult process, yet losing a loved one to suicide really fits into its own category of bereavement.  Anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide can attest that the stigma of suicide brings along an extra layer to grieving that only intensifies the difficulties.  I wish I wasn’t saying that survivors of suicides have it harder than the survivors of those who have died … Read entire article »

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Leaving the Lifestyle Behind

As most addicts and alcoholics will tell you, getting sober by itself is difficult. Going through the physical detox, feeling crazy because of the mental and physical cravings and a whole host of other things make physically getting off of drugs and alcohol seem impossible to using addicts and alcoholics. I never anticipated that, in addition to leaving drugs behind, I would have to leave the lifestyle that I had grown so used to behind as well. I never imagined how difficult that part of my journey towards sobriety would be, and it has proved to be one of the hardest parts of truly being sober for me. When I was using, I lived a dangerous, unhealthy lifestyle – unsurprisingly. My life was consumed by crime, from dealing drugs to … Read entire article »

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