State Lawmakers Join Battle Against Opioid Abuse

As another positive sign in the fight against opioid abuse, state lawmakers across the country who have loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation’s deadly opioid-abuse crisis.  In this great story from AP, it becomes clear that this epidemic touches the lives of everyone, and that there are…

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What is a Sober Companion?

Sober companions, sober coaches, or recovery coaches are increasingly common in the world of addiction therapy, and if you or a loved one is contemplating therapy, you might be wondering what they are. Sober companions are essentially persons who are sent home with recovering addicts to help them re-acclimate into life, and to ensure that…

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China Bans Carfentanil

Powerful Synthetic Opioid Carfentanil Now Banned China’s National Narcotics Control Commission said Thursday that it is adding the deadly synthetic narcotic Carfentanil and three related synthetic opioids to its list of controlled substances effective March 1. Carfentanil is so powerful that it is often used as an elephant tranquilizer.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your 12 Step Meeting

12-Step is the most popular addiction recovery method in the United States, and you can typically find a 12 Step meeting for almost any type of recovery. However, while 12 Step is popular, many people find that they initially have trouble making the meetings work for them. In most cases, many of us like to…

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Should I Date Someone Who is Also in Recovery?

When I was dating a fellow alcoholic, I felt like we had an instant connection, a kinship, if you will. It was serendipity, or so I thought. After all, we were both living the sober lifestyle. How much more compatible can you get? It turns out, however, that our sobriety was the only thing we…

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How to Stop Lying in Recovery

When I got sober, one of the things I looked most forward to was that I wouldn’t have to lie to anyone anymore. What I didn’t count on was that lying became a habit, almost an addiction unto itself.

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Five Tips for Improving Self-Compassion

The first time I heard the term, self-compassion, I was just a few weeks into my recovery. The therapist I was seeing while in treatment brought it up during one of our sessions. She noticed that I was carrying around a lot of guilt because of my addiction.

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What is Carfentanil?

Carfentanil is a relatively new drug out on the streets, but it has been making the news a lot in a short time. The risks it poses is cause for great concern. In fact, it is more potent than heroin, fentanyl and morphine, which has many worried about the dangers for anyone looking to buy…

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Are You Addicted to Drama?

When I first began my recovery, I met a lot of people who had simply switched from one addiction to another. Giving up drugs and alcohol often led them to begin smoking cigarettes or eating excessively. Since I was aware of this early on, I thought I didn’t have anything to worry about. I was…

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