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Am I A Drug Addict?

Am I A Drug Addict?

Many people are aware of what addiction is. They may have experienced how the disease physically and psychologically affects the addict and those around them. However, for many people, there comes a point where they’re wondering: “Am I an addict?” Perhaps someone told them that they have a problem, maybe they notice their life spiraling out of control, or maybe they’re just not sure what constitutes addiction. While there are certain patterns that can typically indicate … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Repairing Relationships: Acceptance, Honesty, and Moving Forward

Repairing Relationships: Acceptance, Honesty, and Moving Forward

  One of the gifts of sobriety is the ability to begin repairing relationships. Oftentimes, these relationships were rocky to begin with, and they were inevitably made worse during active addiction. Although moving forward in these interactions isn’t easy, it is possible to do so with the application of a few principles that I’ve been taught in treatment and programs. Acceptance, self-acceptance, and honesty have helped me start to rebuild relationships with my family and friends … Read entire article »

Filed under: Love and Relationships, Recovery

Sexual Sobriety

Sexual Sobriety

  Recovery from any addiction starts with sobriety.  Sobriety is easy to define in alcohol and drug addictions (e.g., an alcoholic knows they must abstain from alcohol in order to maintain sobriety).  Unfortunately, not every addiction has a clear definition of sobriety – such is the case for sexual addiction. The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) defines sex addiction as “a persistent and escalating pattern or patterns of sexual behaviors acted out despite increasingly … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Conditions and Disorders, Love and Relationships, Recovery, Treatment

Accepting Ourselves

Accepting Ourselves

  Being accepted is something that I think we all inherently yearn for. When we don’t feel accepted, we reach out for acceptance and try to find it by fitting in with others, by using drugs and alcohol, by acting out – the ways we try to fit in never end. At the end of the day, the only people who can really make us feel accepted and at peace with ourselves, are ourselves. How do … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Spirituality

Learning to Detach

  I read from Touchstones daily.  It is a book of daily meditations for men in recovery.  Normally I find it hard to relate to the readings.  In fact, not relating to the readings has made me feel very insecure about my sobriety and my program in the past.  Today’s reading (featured at the bottom of this page) was very relevant to where I am at in my life today, at this very moment.  It really hit close to home for me. Today’s reading was all about detachment. Detaching, for me, has been quite the struggle.  I find it very interesting that the synonym used in the dictionary for the word “detachment” is separation.  You see, I am a crystal meth addict who became addicted to heroin because my best friend was.  In … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Recovery

Embracing the Constant of Life: CHANGE

  Why is it that we are more willing to suffer in our familiar—yet perhaps harmful—patterns rather than make a change to better our lives?  Arnold Bennett said it well, “Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.” I am no stranger to the fear of change.  In the past month alone, I’ve switched therapists twice, moved sober living houses, cut back on my hours in group therapy, and started my first job.  All of these changes ended up enriching my life, but I had to be pushed into them.  If I weren’t forced into these changes, I would probably choose to be comfortably institutionalized in a mental hospital for life. Yes, I am aware that last statement sounds crazy.  But think about it: being institutionalized for life … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life

The Spectrum of Alcohol Abuse from High School to College

  Alcohol abuse and addiction are widely credited as having their origins in early onset drinking during youth.  Starting for most youths in high school and continuing into college, alcohol abuse can be attributed to a variety of factors that differ when looking at certain age demographics of addicts.  For me, my evolution with drinking changed greatly during my teen and college years and now that I am assessing my path I would like to take a look at what I believe are some the reasons for that change. In high school my identity wasn’t shaped entirely by alcohol, yet it did change who I was, what I valued, and how I came to develop a lax attitude in my perceptions and beliefs about the damage that alcohol was causing to all aspects of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life

AA The Only Way? Part 1

AA The Only Way? Part 1

  When I got clean the first time, I was forced into AA and 12-step ideology.  I found much of the language and focus on a “spiritual” life to be either painfully ambiguous or horribly dogmatic.  I had already spent years studying religion and various spiritual paths and was glad that I had closed the door on those efforts – it led me nowhere but further into my addiction.  Go figure.  Now those doors began to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Recovery, Spirituality

Saying Goodbye to Perfectionistic Ideals

Saying Goodbye to Perfectionistic Ideals

  There comes a time in any kind of psychiatric recovery, when one has to ask, “Am I really willing to give this up?”  Whether it is the hyper-vigilance of a nasty case of post-traumatic stress disorder, a drug, or the feeling a drug gives us, we have to decide that it is time to move on or go back to living our lives as they once were.  Each vice gives us an illusion of a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Recovery, Spirituality

Let Go Little Raccoon

Let Go Little Raccoon

I have found that in recovery I am often brought to the “jumping off point.”  This is where I either surrender and let go of whatever or whoever I am coveting , or hold on to it and relapse and or bring on intense thoughts of killing myself.  This sensation often feels like being in a trap, set by my ism.   I love animal analogies and this scenario brings me to one of my favorites, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Recovery