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Tweak: A Story of Hope Lost and Hope Found

Tweak: A Story of Hope Lost and Hope Found

  There are some pieces of literature that paint vivid, accurate pictures of the lives of using addicts. Among these greats is the memoir Tweak, a book that chronicles Nic Sheff‘s journey of addiction, rehab, recovery, relapse, and all of the terrifying, bewildering, and amazing moments that amounted to his life at the time. When I read this book, I cried and laughed and sat in the confusion that describes my own journey into addiction, including time … Read entire article »

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Back on the Wagon

  The well known actor Philip Seymour Hoffman recently completed a 10-day detox program following a relapse that started with prescription pills and escalated to heroin use. The star formerly had 23 years of sobriety, but what is most important is that he addressed his relapse before it was too bad and that he is clean and sober again. Hoffman checked into a detox facility following a yearlong relapse. He fell off of the wagon by abusing prescription pills and eventually began using heroin. Thankfully, he was only using heroin for about a week before deciding to seek help for his addiction. This rendezvous didn’t take his life, nor did it cost him his job, or any of the other things that we commonly hear accompanying benders. Did it affect his psyche and … Read entire article »

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Coming back from a Relapse

  Things were going fine – I was in a less structured sober living, in a state that I love, and doing well. In the blink of an eye, I was high, kicked out of the place I was staying, and back at square one-bewildered, angry, and scared. I walked back into the rooms of AA and NA – a newcomer, all over again. Standing up when they asked if there was anyone in their first 29 days of sobriety was one of the most difficult, humiliating, and humbling experiences I’ve ever had. As I continue to do so, however, it becomes less and less difficult and takes the power away from this last relapse. Coming back has been one of the most powerful experiences of my journey to sobriety. Relapsing wasn’t part of … Read entire article »

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Celebrities: They’re Just Like Us

Celebrities: They’re Just Like Us

  As with anyone else, addiction affects celebrities differently. Some recover, others struggle to get it their whole lives. This disease kills indiscriminately; whether you are a glorified hip-hop star or a mother of four in the suburbs. Those who recover and give back to their communities – like Friends star Matthew Perry – are reaping the benefits of a life in sobriety. Others struggle through multiple treatment centers, multiple detoxes, and multiple relapses. Just ask Brooke … Read entire article »

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Ozzy Osbourne: Back on the Crazy Train

  A rock legend since the 70’s, “the prince of darkness”, Ozzy Osbourne has fought substance abuse problems throughout his entire life, and fortunately in 2003 confronted his addiction in rehab.  It looks like the war for his sobriety rages on, and that he lost a battle with his addiction and relapsed. In a post on his official Facebook.com page he writes, “For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs.  I was in a very dark place and was an asshole to the people I love most, my family.  However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober.” The 64-year old Black Sabbath front man’s relapse might have occurred for a couple of reasons.  There has been persistent speculation that his marriage to … Read entire article »

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The Truthful Clichés of AA

The Truthful Clichés of AA

  Fake it until you make it. Just keep coming back. Stick around until the miracle happens. These are all little things that you hear in 12-step meetings all over the place. Clichés and silly sounding lines, but they hold some truth to them. They’re annoying to hear, especially if you’re new or struggling. It can feel like you’ll never make it, or what’s the point of coming back, or when’s this supposed miracle going to … Read entire article »

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Stress-Related Relapse Halted, Brings Hope for Addicts

Stress-Related Relapse Halted, Brings Hope for Addicts

  After more than a decade’s worth of research into stress and drug-seeking behavior in rats, researchers at Brown University and University of Pennsylvania have found a way to prevent relapse in their animal model by blocking certain receptors in the brain. This news in and of itself is a huge accomplishment for the scientific community; however, it is also an enormous step for the addiction community at large. This means that there is a potential medication … Read entire article »

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Bored in Sobriety? How to Find Your True Purpose in Life Outside of Just Being Sober

  Being newly sober can become extremely boring.  The routine of going to meetings, therapy, work/school, etc. can sometimes feel like an endless routine of meaninglessness. Speaking from my own personal experience, this can become a dangerous set up for relapse, because boredom is one of the most common reasons people drink or use. In order to get out of that monotonous routine of just trying to stay sober, one must find a bigger purpose for life.  It is easy to advise people to find a purpose and passion when they are bored with life, however finding a life purpose seems close to impossible in early sobriety. Personally, I have struggled with finding the purpose of my life since I was a very young child.  I was the neurotic five year old who … Read entire article »

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Stop Acting Like a Child: Parenting in Recovery

Stop Acting Like a Child: Parenting in Recovery

  As I listened to the little voice on the other end of the phone my heart broke. “He needs me, my family needs me; what am I doing here?” I thought to myself. “I’ll be home in a couple weeks baby,” I said to my five year old as I tried not to cry. It had already been over a month since I had seen my family and this was my third time in a recovery program. … Read entire article »

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Recognizing the ‘Prelapse’

Recognizing the ‘Prelapse’

  It was that time again. I scanned the aisle for my favorite cheap, terrible tasting vodka. My hand was shaking as I grabbed the last bottle. “This isn’t what I had planned for myself; I didn’t want it to come to this again,” I thought to myself as I looked at my two little boys who were staring up at me sitting in the shopping cart. A million thoughts raced through my head; there was … Read entire article »

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