Resentment

Resentment: The Main Offender

Resentment: The Main Offender Resentment is the number one offender on the road to relapse in addiction recovery. When we really can hold on and really feel the pain that we’ve had, in some cases for a very long time, where maybe we feel we’ve been wrongly done or we’ve been hurt where perhaps we shouldn’t have been…it can really take grip and keep us wrapped up in addiction. Resentment serves to help us re-feel old pain and we kind of torture ourselves with it by re-feeling it and hitting the replay button many times. Doing so actually turns into self-resentment, loathing and self-pity, we can take ourselves out of… Read More

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How We Become Addicted

How We Become Addicted

How We Become Addicted The word addiction comes from the Latin term for “enslaved by” and rightly so, millions of people are enslaved by their fix, whether it be controlled substances, food, alcohol, sex, gambling or even the internet. We all have that one thing that we just can’t live without.  How or why do we become addicted and what can you do to help?  Addiction is a serious global concern and in some countries addiction rates, especially to illicit drugs, are a serious and growing concern.  In the United States for example, substance abuse is one of the leading causes of death, with a substantial percentage of the American… Read More

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How Drug Addiction Can Develop Over Time

How Drug Addiction Can Develop Over Time

How Drug Addiction Can Develop Over Time Drug addiction is difficult to treat because it is a chronic and relapsing condition like diabetes. Like diabetes, addiction begins with predisposition and personal behaviors at first and develops into a disease of the brain and body later in life. It is becoming appreciated that while addiction does not often manifest until adulthood, addiction begins in the teen and the pre-teen years. Adolescence is a critical period of brain and emotional development. Brain development in adolescent is about as extensive as it is in infancy. These changes allow the adolescent to take on increasing control of his life. This developmental period ultimately prepares… Read More

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Remaining Active In Recovery

Staying In Recovery

Staying In Recovery Recovery gives us the ability and skills to deal with the “normal” issues we face in life: loss of loved ones, loss of relationships, empty nesting, career changes, physical impairment, and grieving. Recovery is a process not an event. Life is a continuum of ever-deepening circles. Put those two ideas together and we begin to understand what growing old sober might look like. In life, discovery often precedes recovery. You wake up one morning and realize, “Oh, that’s what that’s all about. We live life forward and understand it backwards. Recovery goes through stages, even as life does. In the beginning, we have an early awareness and… Read More

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Selecting The Right Treatment Center

Selecting The Right Treatment Center

Selecting The Right Treatment Center Nоt аll treatment centers аrе created еԛuаl.  When уоu’rе selecting ѕоmеthіng аѕ important as thе rіght trеаtmеnt сеntеr tо battle alcohol оr drug dереndеnсіеѕ, іt’ѕ crucial that you do your hоmеwоrk ѕо thаt уоu choose a fасіlіtу with the bеѕt рrоgrаm for уоur nееdѕ tо hеlр уоu dеtоx and thеn start lіfе in rесоvеrу.  Nоt everyone seeking treatment for drug abuse or аlсоhоl addiction vаluеѕ the ѕаmе thіngѕ. Anyone аttеndіng a drug оr аlсоhоl аbuѕе trеаtmеnt рrоgrаm muѕt be аblе to fосuѕ оn rесоvеrу so thаt the іndіvіduаl can learn how tо maintain sobriety whеn once in a real world setting.  In order fоr раtіеntѕ… Read More

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Drug Detox

The Trauma-Addiction Bond

The Trauma-Addiction Bond Our experiences as children may consciously and subconsciously affect how we go through life.  Those of whom are in the addiction spectrum are different to others because we feel a greater amount of sensitivity, especially to trauma, when compared with the norm.  Addicts are sensitive people for the most part.  We may just be born this way and this is possibly at the root of all addiction and co-dependency. If you ask any addict the following question, the response is usually predictable:  “Were you more sensitive as a child than siblings and peers?”  The common answer is:  “Of course I was.”  So how does this work?  It… Read More

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