• Does a Dual Diagnosis Mean I’m Doomed?

    Angry and confused, I thought a dual diagnosis would ruin my life.

    Angry and confused, I thought a dual diagnosis would ruin my life.

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    Like most teens turning 16, the two words I wanted to hear that spring were “driver’s” and “license.” That didn’t happen, but it was probably a blessing in disguise. I wasn’t fit to get behind the wheel of a go-cart, much less a car. No, I was a mess. Part of me knew I was […]

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  • Ignoring Our Failures Only Paves the Way to Relapse

    Sometimes our failures are just as important as our victories.

    Sometimes our failures are just as important as our victories.

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    What’s your recovery mindset? Is the goal to succeed in sobriety or simply avoid relapse? At first glance, these may seem the same, but there are important distinctions between the two. They represent two very different outlooks: The focus of the first is success; the focus of the second is failure and how to avoid […]

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  • Saying ‘Thank You’ for the Love and Support

    It isn't always easy to stand by a loved one as they're getting sober.

    It isn't always easy to stand by a loved one as they're getting sober.

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    I’ll never forget how scared I was to tell my friends and family about my car accident. That after downing several glasses of pinot grigio, I crashed into a Jeep on my way home, seriously injuring two of its passengers. Would they be angry? Surprised? Judgmental? Thankfully, once the shock wore off, the majority of […]

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  • What Can I Expect at an Al-Anon Meeting?

    It's time to get prepared for your first Al-Anon meeting!

    It's time to get prepared for your first Al-Anon meeting!

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    Holly’s husband has been drinking heavily for six years. She realized a long time ago that he’s an alcoholic, but he has yet to admit it or seek help. She doesn’t know how to cope with what she’s going through. She’s heard of Al-Anon, but isn’t sure about attending a meeting. What will they expect […]

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  • Why Did the War on Drugs Become a War on Sobriety?

    Think stigma applies only to drug users? Well, think again.

    Think stigma applies only to drug users? Well, think again.

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    When we talk about the stigma surrounding drug addiction, the topics of conversation usually center around those who are abusing substances and their spiral into the jaws of addiction. But what would you say if I told you there’s a growing stigma against sobriety? The Snowball Effect of Stigma Believe it or not, there’s a […]

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Why Did the War on Drugs Become a War on Sobriety?

Think stigma applies only to drug users? Well, think again.

When we talk about the stigma surrounding drug addiction, the topics of conversation usually center around those who are abusing substances and their spiral into the jaws of addiction. But what would you say if I told you there’s a growing stigma against sobriety? The Snowball Effect of Stigma Believe it or not, there’s a […]

Get Motivated: 5 Tools for Building a Sober Life

If you're ready to get sober, motivational tools can play a huge role.

Motivation is the driving force behind action; it’s also a primary component of the addiction recovery process. When embraced, motivation can drive us away from the chaos and destruction of addiction, steering us into clean and sober lives. Where does our motivation to change ultimately come from? For centuries, some of the world’s greatest minds […]

Ganging Up on Addiction

Recovery is always easier when you have people to lean on.

Let’s face it. Even though there are days when solitary confinement sounds like a reward (days when family members should approach with caution), we are relational creatures at our core. This fundamental trait is one of the reasons group therapy is effective. It is particularly effective with substance abuse because it provides the relational CAGES […]

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