• Your Life Matters: Ending Addiction-Related Suicide

    Nothing is ever bad enough to justify taking your own life.

    Nothing is ever bad enough to justify taking your own life.

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    Most of us have either been personally touched by the tragedy of suicide or we know someone who has. I personally know two families that suffered devastating addiction-related losses last year. The Devastating Loss of Life The first loss was someone I grew up with. The father was a successful business owner, the mother a […]

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  • Get Serious About Taking Boundaries Seriously

    It's important to start setting boundaries, then upholding them.

    It's important to start setting boundaries, then upholding them.

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    Do you often say yes when you want to say no? Do you feel guilty if you do say no? Are you afraid to voice an opinion? If you’re nodding your head in agreement, you probably need to establish healthier boundaries. It’s possible you’ve realized this already. Maybe you tried to set boundaries in the […]

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  • Don’t Panic: 4 Ways to Curb the Crave

    Cravings are a natural part of recovery, but you can beat them!

    Cravings are a natural part of recovery, but you can beat them!

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    Craving: An intense desire for someone or something. In this case, that “something” we’re talking about is a drug. The concept of craving is often misunderstood. While we need to better understand the struggle and how to deal with it, we must first realize cravings are normal and to be expected. Everybody Craves…Sometimes Cravings are […]

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  • 7 Signs It’s Time to Fire Your Therapist

    If it's not working out,  tell your therapist "It's not me; it's you."

    If it's not working out, tell your therapist "It's not me; it's you."

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    Sara started to wonder if she’d be better off talking to her dog. At least he wouldn’t look at his phone every 60 seconds. She’d never gone to therapy before, so she wasn’t sure what it was supposed to look like. She figured this must be how all therapists act. After four months of sessions, […]

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  • Fear Wants to Destroy My Hard-Earned Sobriety

    Long-term sobriety can falter in the presence of gripping fear.

    Long-term sobriety can falter in the presence of gripping fear.

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    A couple of years ago, I was cleaning out my closet when I came across a box of letters my then-boyfriend and I had written to each other during my incarceration. Curious of my mindset at the time, I skimmed through a few handwritten love notes, shocked by now naive (and delusional) I sounded. In […]

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Don’t Panic: 4 Ways to Curb the Crave

Cravings are a natural part of recovery, but you can beat them!

Craving: An intense desire for someone or something. In this case, that “something” we’re talking about is a drug. The concept of craving is often misunderstood. While we need to better understand the struggle and how to deal with it, we must first realize cravings are normal and to be expected. Everybody Craves…Sometimes Cravings are […]

We’ll Never Kick Addiction Without Compassion

What a difference even the smallest bit of compassion could make!

The United States is the most heavily incarcerated country in the world and nonviolent drug offenders comprise a substantial portion of that population. Our justice system is designed to be punitive, rather than rehabilitative. So essentially, we’re punished for an addiction, rather than anyone taking the time to understand the root cause of our need […]

Police Provide Prison Alternative

With a little help from our communities, we can beat addiction.

“We’re going to need to start doing things a little differently if we want to manage this problem.” These are the words of Nashville, NC Police Chief Tom Bashor, speaking about the increase in heroin use and overdose in his county. “Doing things differently” has turned into an innovative program spearheaded by Bashor that provides […]

Family Ties: 3 Rules for Adult Children of Alcoholics

How does a parent's alcoholism affect you as an adult?

The walls around Dan’s heart would cause any advancing army to rethink their attack. Seemingly impenetrable, these borders are made of layer upon layer of emotional protection, built in response to years of heartache and disappointment. Like many children of alcoholics, Dan has constructed this fortress to keep everyone at a careful distance. No one […]

Secrets to Coping with Someone Else’s Addiction

Addiction impacts everyone and everything around it.

Quick rule of thumb: Never believe anyone who says addiction only affects the person who’s drug-dependent. So, you want the truth about addiction? Alright, you asked for it: To put it simply and accurately, addiction is all-consuming and gobbles up anything that tries to exist or flourish around it. Other events, other people and other […]

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