The Many Triggers that Precede Relapse

Addiction is a disease, and just like many other diseases, relapse is possible. Relapse usually isn’t something that occurs suddenly, however. It is preceded by triggers, which are events or issues that make you want to use. Recognizing what these triggers are allows us to do our best to avoid them.

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Is Addiction Draining Your Bank Account?

When I first started drinking, I thought I had everything under control. I only drank on the weekends and my weekly $15 bottle of tequila was only costing me $60 per month. I had a good job and money in the bank, so I thought I could afford it. However, as time went on, I…

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How to Handle Your Family Over Christmas

For most of us, Christmas is supposed to be a magically happy time for everyone, but often that is far from the case. Many of us have grown up watching idyllic films like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “The Christmas Carol”, but in real life, Christmas doesn’t change family issues, remove stress, or somehow manage…

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Should I Go Into Rehab for Christmas?

If you are addicted to drugs, alcohol, or prescription medication, rehabilitation can be the only way out. Unfortunately for many of us, it is difficult to make the choices to commit to attending a treatment center, thanks to shame, stigma built up around addiction, and sometimes even the inability to get away from work or…

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7 Ways to Stay Sober Over the Holidays

Whether you’ve been sober for a week or are going on your fifth year without a drink, the holidays present an extra temptation for many in that almost everyone is drinking, most people will try to get you to drink, and alcohol is everywhere.

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Does Sobriety have to be Boring?

Before I got sober, I was terrified of sobriety. How was I going to fill my free time without drinking? I was certain I was going to be bored to tears. I also thought that I didn’t need it, because I hadn’t lost my job or picked up any DUI’s. To me, sobriety was for…

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Is Addiction Affecting Your Job Performance

How Could Addiction Affect Your Job? Drug and alcohol addictions are getting a lot of media coverage, but for most of us, they seem far away and even impossible to apply to ourselves. But if you’re drinking or taking prescription or illicit drugs, and doing so on a regular basis, you might actually be chemically…

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