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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

Where’s Home Now?

  Before I got into treatment, I always remember feeling out of place. It didn’t matter where I was, or who I was with—I felt slightly wrong, as though I didn’t belong there. However, when I got into an inpatient treatment, I realized that I felt home, something I didn’t feel in a long time. When it was time for me to leave, I found myself saddened and confused: where is home now? Is it wherever my heart is, wherever I’m being true to myself? Or is it wherever I fall asleep at night? It’s a hard question, and one that I contemplate constantly. If you had asked me a year ago where home was, I would’ve given you my most current address. Obviously that’s home; that’s where I lived. But even … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Recovery, Treatment

I Take My Prescribed Meds…And I’m SOBER

I Take My Prescribed Meds…And I’m SOBER

  Sobriety is often a matter of grey area rather than black and white, and such is the case when it comes to taking prescribed medications while working a program. From psychiatric medication to narcotics used to alleviate pain after a surgical procedure, the bottom line is that if these are not being misused and the person who’s prescribed them is practicing rigorous honesty, then it isn’t a relapse. Although some of these medications can ignite … Read entire article »

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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

The Importance of Honesty

The Importance of Honesty

Honesty is one of the indispensable principles in a successful program of sobriety. Even more than that, it is essential in order to live a happy and free life. It can be hard to be honest, especially about things that are uncomfortable or have unpleasant consequences. But by being honest, I have found that I get to be accountable and grow into a better person. Of course, it is important to be aware of what … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Life, Recovery

The Tool of Forgiveness

The Tool of Forgiveness

  Forgiveness, as an addict, is one of the most ridiculous concepts someone could try to explain to me. Forgive you? When you wronged me? Or you forgive me? When I messed up everything? But as I move on with my life, and try to do things right, I start to see that forgiveness is one of the most powerful tools that sobriety can give me. Not only am I capable of forgiving others, and not … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Life, Love and Relationships, Recovery

My Life Lesson in the Consequences of Honesty

  My most current stint in treatment has been since May 2012 for a variety of issues – the most prominent being anorexia nervosa and borderline personality disorder.  My journey to recovery has been filled with many ups and downs.  For the past few months, I have been on a somewhat steady uphill journey with my actions and behaviors.  That is why when I had a major crash in my recovery this weekend, many people were surprised. I, on the other hand, was not surprised.  I saw it coming.  My mind has been at war with itself.  I try hard not to get myself into trouble with my sober living and treatment center, but I have been unsure if I even want to be “in recovery.”  Many times, I feel like it … Read entire article »

Filed under: Recovery, Spirituality

Personal Accountability

  Personal accountability is an essential component of recovery, one that many addicts are lacking as a result of their habitual drug abuse.  The experienced drug user will use any means necessary to withdraw from family, friends, work, or anything else that might interfere with his using and abusing.  I know this because I have acted this way in my life. Simply put, I chose marijuana over people I loved.  The result was friends lost and people hurt.  In my lifetime, I have spent numerous hours, days, and even weeks consuming my drug of choice rather than living a healthy life. The use of marijuana or other drugs is often done in groups of people who may be considered “friends” by the user.  Who knows how far they would go for each other?  … Read entire article »

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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 »

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