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How Do Stimulants Affect the Brain?

Stimulants are a class of drug used to increase attention, alertness, and energy level. When abused, stimulants can induce a feeling of euphoria by enhancing the effects of brain chemicals such as norepinephrine and dopamine. Stimulants carry a high abuse potential and can lead to addiction, physical dependency, and a host of dangerous health consequences.Read More

The Healing Power of Laughter

Recovery is the most important and serious decision we will ever make in our lives. However, that doesn’t mean that we have to take ourselves seriously all the time. Recovery is about more than just not drinking or using, it is about discovering a life of happiness, joyousness, and freedom in our sobriety. In ourRead More

What is Enabling?

Enabling behaviors are actions we perform in attempt to help someone suffering from addiction, but ultimately make their addiction worse. We may think that we are shielding them from the consequences of addiction, but facing those consequences are necessary for one to come to the realization that they are causing harm to themselves and othersRead More

Three Meditation Tips for Beginners

Meditation is a great way to heal the brain from the damaging consequences of our time in addiction. According to The Buddhist Centre, “Buddhist meditation practices are techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. By engaging with a particular meditation practice you learnRead More

How Dangerous is Alcohol?

The ubiquity and legal status of alcohol may cause one to falsely believe that alcohol is less harmful than drugs. Excessive alcohol use and alcoholism are extremely dangerous and responsible for countless deaths and major health complications. The way that alcohol interacts with the brain and body makes it one of the most dangerous andRead More

Making the Next Right Decision for Our Recovery

Addiction is a disease that must be managed daily. One aspect of our daily management is giving up our selfish and self-seeking behavior, and continually asking our higher power for inspiration throughout our day to do the right thing. We must live the spiritual life suggested by recovery programs and practice the principles of recoveryRead More

How Long Should I Stay in Treatment?

The length of time that an individual should stay in treatment varies on a case-by-case basis. Generally, treatment programs are offered from 30-90 days. However, people may stay longer if needed. Determining an adequate treatment length requires an individual to be assessed based on the nature of their addiction and history of drug use. LongerRead More

Maintaining Sobriety in Times of Crisis

Going through a crisis in sobriety can be a blow to our sense of serenity and peace of mind. We may suddenly lose gratitude and fall into self-pity, damaging our ability to navigate our days with a code of love and tolerance of others. During these times, we may feel that engaging in the suggestionsRead More

What is the Cycle of Addiction?

Addiction causes us to fall into a vicious cycle. Unless we can get help that addresses the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of our drug problem, we are likely to continue on the cycle and suffer tremendously as a result. Through a process of treatment and recovery, however, we can successfully break the cycle ofRead More

Opening Up to Suggestions in Early Sobriety

The three things we need to begin our recovery are honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness. We should allow ourselves to be open-minded about taking suggestions from others who have successfully recovered. Although difficult at times, we must recognize that we do not know what is best for our recovery. Instead, we can defer to the suggestionsRead More