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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 »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Life, Recovery

Addiction Treatment in America throughout History

  Approximately ten percent of the human population is addicted to mind-altering substances. Most of these people cannot stop using on their own and need help. Since the birth of America as a colony, addicts have sought help to stop using through various treatment methods, and some have remained viable for centuries. The first known self-help groups in America were conducted by Native Americans, who had been living on American soil for thousands of years prior to white settlement. Europeans brought a flurry of new ideas, technology, and culture with them to the new world. Unfortunately, these settlers also brought alcohol with them. The introduction of colonists and their alcohol in the lives of Native Americans proved to be devastating. Today, some theories suggest Native American people are genetically susceptible to addiction. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Recovery, Research, Spirituality

Boston Mayoral Candidate Proposes Recovery Services Office to Treat Addiction

  There are many problems politicians hope to fix when running for office; candidates in all levels of politics hope to make changes that will help solve societal woes. These “fixes” can range from mental health to public transportation and everywhere in between; but we don’t often see candidates harp on the growing problem of substance addiction in our country. That is, except for Martin Walsh, a mayoral candidate in Boston, who is seeking to make it easier for alcoholics and addicts to receive the help they need; he proposes forming an Office of Recovery Services devoted to helping those in need to navigate the system and get treatment (Ryan). For Walsh, this is not only a political move but a very personal quest. Walsh is a recovering alcoholic with 18 years … Read entire article »

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

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 »

Filed under: Life, Recovery

Why I Still Love Drugs, But Love Recovery Even More

Why I Still Love Drugs, But Love Recovery Even More

  I love drugs.  I didn’t get into the rooms of recovery because I hated drugs.  I got sober for quite the opposite reason: I actually loved them way too much to the point where they ruled (and ruined) everything.  I always find it interesting when I encounter someone in the rooms that has an almost hypocritical disdain for drugs and alcohol, like some sort of newfound AA born-again piety.  You don’t have to hate drugs … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Recovery without God

Recovery without God

  A recent study performed by Harvard University’s McLean Hospital looking into the recovery process concludes that “faith in God positively influences treatment for individuals with psychiatric illness.”  While the belief in a God, often euphemized as “Higher Power” in many mental health and addiction recovery communities, is promoted heavily especially in 12-step programs, it is not for everyone and recovery is possible without this approach.  I prefer a more personalized approach based on self-empowerment and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Recovery, Spirituality, Substance Abuse

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 »

Filed under: Holidays, Love and Relationships, Recovery

God and Recovery

God and Recovery

  One of the most crucial things I have come to understand in recovery is that alcohol is only a symptom of my disease, not the problem by itself. In fact, alcohol was a solution to my problem for many years. The problem is me: my brain and my thinking. Therefore I need a permanent solution that is bigger than me. I need divine assistance, not to just stop drinking, but to change me at my cellular level. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery, Spirituality

Recovery and Circumcision

Recovery and Circumcision

  Recovery through the 12 Steps is a lot like the ancient Biblical practice of circumcision. Circumcision is the surgical removal of flesh (foreskin) from the male penis, having possible origins in ancient Judaism. In the book of Genesis, the Biblical God made a covenant of circumcision with Abraham, and from then on, it became a tradition for all the men of Israel. However, the physical act was intended to represent the inward change of hearts. Either way … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Life, Recovery, Spirituality, Substance Abuse

5 Ways to Recycle an Overflowing Collection of AA Chips

  For many of us the road to recovery has been filled with up and downs, and it took us several times to achieve long term sobriety.  On the way to recovery we have picked up quite a few AA Chips, from newcomer to 9 months.  What then should we do with the numerous amounts of AA Chips we have acquired?  Here are five fun ideas: 1.  Poker.  Now that you’ve decided to quit drinking and are discovering all kinds of substitute addictions, why not try gambling!  Once you’ve spent your life savings (face it, it wasn’t much) on week-long sprees of losing back-to-back online poker tournaments, you may wonder what do to next.  Get your new sober buddies together, who are likely in the same boat, and start your very own … Read entire article »

Filed under: Recovery

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