What Does Methamphetamine do to the Body?

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant drug. The effects of methamphetamine are short-lived so many users take the drug in increased frequency and amount overtime, leading to strong physical and psychological dependence. Like other euphorigenic drugs, methamphetamine creates strong surges of dopamine, the brain chemical responsible for motivation, pleasure, and reward. Methamphetamine use causes major…

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The Roles We Play in Addiction

We use all sorts of techniques to keep ourselves from feeling judged for our addictions. We wear masks throughout our day-to-day interactions, doing our best to keep others from seeing the suffering and desperation we feel internally. Eventually, we begin deceiving ourselves and others by playing roles that do not accurately reflect who we truly…

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Can Alcoholism be Cured?

Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive, and fatal disease. Although there is no absolute cure for alcoholism, we are able to recover from the hopeless state of body and mind that has resulted from the disease. Rather than a cure, we have recovery programs designed to maintain sobriety and remove symptoms of the disease. Alcoholism can…

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Healing Your Brain with Arts and Crafts

Recovery is a time when our brains begin to heal from the damages caused by alcohol and drugs. It can be a long process, but there are many things we can do to naturally promote healing and improve our cognitive functions. Getting involved in creative expression through artistic means can be an effective way of…

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What Do I Do if I Relapse?

Relapse is a frightening prospect. We have worked so hard to achieve sobriety and the thought of entering back into the world of addiction seems unthinkable, but it does happen. If we do relapse, we need to keep in mind that it does not mean we are unable to ever recover. Rather, we must look…

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

When we engage in our recovery program, we find it helpful to go through a process of cleaning up our past mistakes. We come to understand our fault in situations in which we were harmed or harmed others, and become willing to go to any lengths to right our past transgressions. However, there is quite…

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How Do I Know if I Need Treatment?

The decision to go to treatment can easily be the best decision a person ever makes. Many men and women who have successfully recovered from addiction and alcoholism can remember a time when they were on the fence about whether or not they needed treatment. Many of us felt that we could overcome our addictions…

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Emotional Growth through 12 Step Recovery

Many of us fell so deeply into the cycle of addiction that we never had the opportunity to face the world successfully. We retreated into the illusion of comfort provided by drugs and alcohol and, as a result, remained in a state of arrested emotional development. Upon achieving sobriety, however, we found that we had…

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What is Medically Assisted Detox?

The first step toward sobriety is often detoxifying the body of any traces of drugs or alcohol to break one’s physical dependence. Some drugs, like alcohol and opioids, create such strong physical dependence that it is necessary for one to receive medical support throughout the process to treat the severity of withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol and…

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Cultivating a Positive Mental Attitude

We can’t be happy all the time. We can, however, allow ourselves to maintain a positive outlook by making an effort to let go of negativity. It’s easy to get caught up in bad feelings, especially in early sobriety when our emotions tend to be heightened. When we break the cycle of pessimism and stay…

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