photo of a worried man with his head in his hand - how to handle a relapse

How to Handle a Relapse

There is a myth which continues to be perpetuated both by recovery professionals and those outside the treatment industry in regards to how to handle a relapse.  I often hear people say “relapse is a part of recovery.”  I want to go on record and say that this is categorically false! 
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Parents argue while small child cries - addiction, recovery and the family

Addiction, Recovery and the Family

Addiction impacts the family in a variety of ways. This might seem like a pretty obvious statement, but reflecting on addiction and substance abuse in my own family, I realized how many subtle ways the disease and the process of recovery has affected my family and relationships betwee
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man staring at his feet - what causes addiction

What Causes Addiction?

Witnessing another celebrity die to this disease, I’ve read so many articles on the matter. And this is heartbreaking in so many ways. This disease is fatal, regardless of what material things you may or may not have. People die every day. What disturbs me regarding this, besides that
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Popular Culture and Addiction

Drug use and addiction is often subtly celebrated in our society. Few would directly condone substance abuse or praise someone’s serious personal affliction, but some of the famous personalities and icons we grant distinction, and even admire, achieve cultural significance, at least i
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Hands together - family addiction support

Addiction Family Support

“I’m not the addict. Why do I have to go to meetings or therapy?” As a professional interventionist one of the biggest points of resistance I face with addiction family support is the challenge to get families to engage in a recovery process of their own.  After the
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Kratom effects mimic stimulants AND opiates – DEA warns of dangers

Kratom is another name for the leaves of the mitragyna speciaosa tree.  While the tree is indigenous to Southeast Asia and the leaves have been used for medicinal purposes in that region for centuries we are seeing an increase in use for recreational purposes in the US.  The leaves ar
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Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription drug addiction has risen exponentially in the US the past 20 years. Prescription drugs of abuse are found in different categories, opioid pain medication, anti-anxiety (benzodiazepine) medication, sleep medication and stimulant ADD/ADHD medication are the most commonly ab
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Bath Salts Intervention

Bath Salts and Other Synthetic Drugs

In recent weeks the news has been awash with horrific stories involving bath salts. This punctuates a significant trend in the last few years of the increased use and addiction to synthetic drugs.
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Addiction Enabling

Addiction cannot exist in a vacuum. It has to be nurtured and fed. The fuel is the addiction enabling of unwitting family and friends. In the absence of nutrients, living things whither and die. This same truth holds true for a living addiction. If we remove its source of life, it wil
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Addict or Substance Abuser, Which is Your Loved One?

In the last year there have been many changes in the widely accepted views on addiction within the medical community. These views are finally catching up to what most addicts/alcoholics already know, that addiction is a disease. If left untreated it will progressively get worse over t
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