When Your Spouse Is In Recovery

Addiction is treatable and recovery is a lifelong process. A person recovering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol must completely change his or her lifestyle. A person in recovery goes through daily struggles to stay sober and will need encouragement and support to maintain sobriety. Drinking alcohol when your spouse is in recovery creates…

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How Drug Use is Affecting Your Quality of Life

According to the National Institute of Health, addiction recovery centers are starting to embrace models of service that closely resemble service models used to address chronic conditions. Researchers indicate that this change is due in part to the fact that drug use, recently characterized as a chronic condition as well, has been found to drastically…

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How Does Alcohol Affect Your Family?

Most alcoholics confront their demons everyday. In a world that is inundated with rhetoric promoting liquor, booze, or whatever the buzzword of the hour is, it’s no secret: it is incredibly difficult to part ways with alcohol. But studies indicate that there’s another portion of our lives that could be even more affected by alcoholism:…

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How Do I Encourage My Loved One to Get Help?

Addiction, like many chronic illnesses and diseases, is an issue that affects a lot more than just the victim. In many cases, in fact, the victim may be the only one that does not have a problem with the disease and its debilitating effects. Family members and loved ones often tend to be the most…

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How Can my Family Help me in Recovery?

After a successful treatment process at an addiction treatment facility, many individuals mistakenly think their road to recovery has been completed. Unfortunately, however, things are not quite that easy. After initial treatment, an individual is reintroduced to the outside world, and the sights, sounds, triggers, and temptations that were not a part of the treatment…

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3 Tips to Stay Grateful Every Day

“A grateful alcoholic never relapses” is a common saying in the recovery community that has been shown to be true. Approaching each day with a sense of appreciation puts us in much less danger of ruminating on the bad things in our lives and helps us maintain our sobriety. Here are three tips to practice…

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What is Codependency?

Merriam-Webster defines codependency as a “psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition (such as an addiction to alcohol or heroin,” or, more broadly, it is the “dependence on the needs of or control by another.” Codependency was originally thought to…

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Maintaining Compassion in Sobriety

Compassionate is the ability to have sympathetic pity and concern for the suffering of others. In recovery, compassion is a great motivator for us to seek out and help others who are still suffering from addiction and alcoholism. In fact, most recovery meetings begin with a moment of silence for those who are still sick…

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When Friends in Recovery Relapse

Overcoming addiction requires that we make a promise to ourselves that we are willing to go to any lengths for victory over drugs and alcohol. Not everyone is willing to go through the process of recovery and many people fall victim to the delusion that they can drink or use again after some time sober.…

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Navigating Romantic Relationships in Recovery

Newcomers are often dismayed to hear that they should wait one year before getting into a relationship. Waiting one year is not a rule, but a very sound suggestion based on the cumulative experience of countless men and women in recovery. The first year of sobriety should be focused on the enhancement of our spiritual…

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