Recovery

Eternal Rest, in a pill: The Dangers of Sleeping Pill Abuse

There is nothing like the chaos of addiction to spur the longing for peace and rest, the kind that knocks you out and puts you out of your misery for a night. But what about when a night’s rest turns into eternal rest. Sleeping pill overdoses are on the rise amongst addicts, often unintentionally. Why …

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The Power of the Mind: An exploration of Psychological Dependence

We know that physical dependence can be very painful and require special detox assistance. We can identify, with observation, the symptoms and measurable affects of both physical addiction and psychological dependence. Though there are distinctions that we consider exclusively physical or psychological, the reality is that there is a symbiotic relationship between physical and psychological …

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Relapse Does Not Equal Failure

Let me start with my favorite place to start with almost every subject: Everything in the universe is made up of energy, even thoughts. Thoughts, when speedily moving in autopilot neural networks, build up momentum for a person, which they often lead to actions. In the case of the addict (or alcoholic), the energy of …

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Finding New Connections: The Importance of Community in Recovery

People, people, people… people everywhere. We love them, we judge them, we want to be close to them, and we want solitude and respite from them. Many of us acknowledge a certain intrinsic connection to these others- our human family; our fellow members of a diverse, and often perplexing, species. We bring out similarities in …

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What to Expect When Getting Clean and Sober: Drug Symptoms and Detox Timelines

Many of us, in recovery, as well as friends and family of recovering folks, have heard or said these sentiments: “will I ever be normal again?” I think what we mean is will I ever feel able to cope with life on life terms, hold a job, think rationally, be a positive contributing member of …

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the recovery table – an interview with recovery coach, mary davis (conducted by bonnie wood)

Mary is a recovery coach with a private practice in Asheville, NC. She is presently working towards her certification as a substance abuse counselor, facilitating DWI groups for Second Spring Counseling, and offering life skill classes to local sober homes, including Oasis Recovery, in order to help clients transition back into society after treatment. We …

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Three Different Avenues Of Support: Php, Iop, And Extended Care Sober Living

With the rise of addiction and alcoholism across the globe and the precarious nature of new found sobriety, it is apparent that one cannot have too much support in this endeavor. And yet many factors affect an individual’s commitment to various levels of care: the amount of freedom to follow opportunities that arise, how much …

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