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No Jail Time for Starlet Lindsay Lohan

  As the result of her latest legal wrangling, starlet Lindsay Lohan will be getting some help, although she didn’t ask for it. That’s alright because sometimes asking for help is very difficult, even if we need it. The 26-year-old music and movie star agreed to a deal in a Los Angeles court today. Lohan, upon the recommendation of her legal counsel, pleaded no contest to reckless driving and obstructing officers in Santa Monica, both misdemeanors. Their charges came after a series of events, including an accident on the Pacific Coast Highway in which Lohan denied responsibility and a mishap in New York City in which a hotel employee claimed he was hit by Lohan driving her SUV. Even though charges in the NYC case were dropped, the national media attention it … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Celebrity News, Latest News, Recovery, Substance Abuse, Treatment

Moderation vs. Abstinence: No Clear Consensus Among Drug Counselors

  According to a significant number of addiction counselors, it is acceptable for their substance abuse patients to have an occasional drink, whether it is part of an intermediate recovery goal or final treatment goal. In a new study published by the American Psychological Association, experts questioned over 900 individuals from the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Counselors.  The participants were located all over the United States.  Half of them thought that it was acceptable for some of their alcohol abuse patients to moderate their alcohol intake, known as controlled drinking, rather than give up drinking entirely. Similarly, they were asked if moderate drug use was acceptable for drug abuse clients.  Approximately 50 percent said they thought it was okay as an intermediate goal and one-third believed it was okay for … Read entire article »

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The Footwork of Finding an Apartment

The Footwork of Finding an Apartment

  After someone has been through a successful stint in drug or alcohol rehabilitation, that person may look forward to the joy of reclaiming his or her independence.  Having lived in a sheltered environment like a sober living house or inpatient treatment center, many addicts become so accustomed to that environment that they may not wish to reassume the responsibilities of managing their own lives.  However, the majority are ready to move out.  After spending months … Read entire article »

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MasterCard for Addicts

  Three recovering addicts have started the company “Next Step Card” in an attempt to provide monitored credit cards to recovering addicts.  Backed my MasterCard, the new credit card is loaded with funds and monitored by parents or guardians to ensure proper usage.  The developers of the card say the idea came to fruition late one night when they were discussing responsible ways for addicts to regain the trust of others in their lives as well as develop personal financial responsibility. Many recovering addicts lack any understanding of financial responsibility and the impact their choices as addicts have had and will continue to have on their lives.  Many have lost touch with reality both literally and figuratively.  Addicts have come to live dollar to dollar, whereas most responsible young adults aim to … Read entire article »

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Safe and Sober Vacation

Safe and Sober Vacation

  Once individuals are grounded in their sobriety, traveling often becomes an attractive option.  While traveling and using often went together, whether it was a cross country road trip with a pipe or a cruise with a lot of booze, a sober vacation is normally a new experience.  There are several structured sober travel companies that provide opportunities for sober individuals or groups to travel in large groups in order to provide 12-step meetings, support, sober … Read entire article »

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Holiday = Relapse?

  Food, drink, and festive spirits are the order of the day when holidays are among us.  Be it Easter (which coincides with spring break), Fourth of July, Christmas, or New Year’s, holidays— and birthdays— have long been excuses for the drunk at heart to engage in hedonistic indulge and exercise impaired judgment.  Even Halloween parties have become fodder for excess.  While most people are able to get off and on the wagon with relative ease, where people in recovery are concerned, indulging in any fashion can lead to relapse.  And where holidays are concerned, the desire to have a good time is not the only—or even primary—cause of relapse for recovering addicts. Perhaps the biggest cause of relapse during the holidays is stress.  Food and alcohol are central to most holiday … Read entire article »

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How direct are you when it comes to intimate feelings?

How direct are you when it comes to intimate feelings?

  ; neither about real intimacy nor for any feelings but the ones that I got from using.  As recovering addicts we can probably all relate to being out of touch with both things.  I know I can.  How can we be truly intimate, especially with ourselves, when we are constantly fucked up or looking to score?  And forget about feeling much, that’s why we used in the first place- to get rid of most of … Read entire article »

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Running: Providing a Sober High

Running: Providing a Sober High

  Long distance runners generally report a phenomenon known as the runner’s high that produces a sensation of bliss and peacefulness sometimes in conjunction with an increase of energy or emotionality.  Recent studies show that through intense aerobic exercise the body produces chemicals in the same class as those that make marijuana effective, cannabinoids (Scicurious, 2012). These cannabinoids made in the body (endocannabinoids) pass through the blood brain barrier and produce the sensations of well-being.  In addition, … Read entire article »

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A Female Perspective on Friendships with Women in Sobriety or Why Women Suck!

A Female Perspective on Friendships with Women in Sobriety or Why Women Suck!

  I have spent over a year in all-female sober livings mixed in with short stints in co-ed treatment facilities.  I rarely if ever fit in with the girls as a whole and often struggle to form or maintain friendships with them.  I have spent many nights feeling that I am hated by everyone in my house, and I genuinely believe that at one time or another something like 3 out of 4 girls seemed to … Read entire article »

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AA and Spirituality Go Together Like Peanut Butter & Jelly

Some people avoid AA altogether – and the 1.2 million existing members — for fear of the “higher power” concept. Atheists and agnostics alike flee in the opposite direction to avoid opening their minds to the concept that an omnipotent, intangible force exists in the universe. What many people don’t realize is that AA encourages alcoholics to foster a relationship with the God of their understanding only – and that can range from anything to “mother nature”, to Alcoholics Anonymous itself. A devotion to “God” (replace with the term of your preference) is a key component of AA’s 12-step program, not only because no human power can restore alcoholics to sanity – but because conscious contact with a higher power has proven to be an effective venue through which recovery has … Read entire article »

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