The Hidden Dangers of Legal Highs: Kratom and Kava

There are many mind-altering chemicals that provide seemingly similar effects as narcotics, but are often just as, if not more, dangerous than illegal drugs. Often, these drugs exist in a grey area of legality and are readily available at gas station and convenience stores. Although many have not been researched to the extent necessary for…

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The Gradual Spiritual Experience

12-Step fellowships discuss, at length, the importance of having a “spiritual awakening” as a result of working their recovery program. This term, at a surface level, seems to imply a bright-light “Hallelujah” moment at some point in working the steps. For the vast majority of men and women in the fellowship, this is not their…

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Are You in the ‘Pink Cloud’ Phase of Recovery?

Getting clean and sober brings a sense of euphoria all its own. The phase of early recovery when you experience extreme happiness and excitement is called the ‘pink cloud.’ some people call it ‘the honeymoon phase,’ but it is also quite dangerous for many reasons. If you are in the pink cloud you may miss…

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The Dangers of Stress in Early Recovery

It’s easy to get overwhelmed in early sobriety. We’ve entered into a new way of life and turned our backs on using drugs and alcohol as tools to cope with the stressors or daily life. Stress may have greater effects on our health than previously known, and in early recovery, when we are in a…

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How Can Recreational Therapy Help You Feel Better?

Everyone learns differently and some people really like those visual cues to help them get motivated. Other people like hands-on experience which helps promote a forward-thinking attitude. You might respond differently to various styles of addiction treatment. For many people, participating in therapeutic recreational activities can be powerful in addiction recovery. The Benefits Recreational therapy…

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The Dangers of Process Addictions

In the program of recovery from drugs and alcohol, we may find ourselves engaging in addictive behaviors unrelated to substance abuse. These behaviors are capable of maintaining the disease of addiction by replacing substances with any number of activities that also affect the reward system of our brain. Process addictions can include gambling, eating, shopping,…

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What Are the Signs of a High Functioning Alcoholic?

A high-functioning alcoholic may be able to do many things everyone else can do: work, socialize, and go about daily life without being hindered by drinking behavior. Some people may even be able to become top achievers at the height of their professions. Even so, a high functioning alcoholic will struggle to keep obligations and…

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