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Improve Your Recovery with a Positive Mental Attitude

The Dalai Lama once said, “In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.” Recovery is based in consistent positive actions such as helping others and providing service. In order to find happiness in the positive actions of our recovery, we may find it helpful to first focus on cultivatingRead More

What Should I Do If I Relapse?

Relapse doesn’t have to be part of the recovery process, but it is very common. When men and women in recovery experience a relapse, they may feel as though treatment did not work or that they will never be able to live a life of sobriety. However, countless men and women in recovery have experiencedRead More

The Virtue of Acceptance

The desire for control is a strong feature of addiction and alcoholism. We want to control every facet of our lives and the lives of others, resulting in a sense of deep frustration that causes us to turn to a drink or a drug. When we begin learning to let go of our need forRead More

Can I Learn to Control My Drinking?

Alcoholism is a disease characterized by chronic and compulsive use despite negative consequences. We often recognize that our drinking has become a problem, but feel that one day we may be able to drink in moderation. The disease is such that any attempts to regain control over our drinking will ultimately end in powerlessness andRead More

Improve Your Recovery with Music

Kahlil Gibran once said, “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” Everyone has felt, at some point, the power of music at a deep emotional level. Just as music can move us, it can also heal us. Music therapy is a form of therapy thatRead More

What is Amphetamine Withdrawal?

Many illicit substances can cause physical or psychological disturbances when one stops taking them. Amphetamines, in particular, seem to carry a high risk of psychological symptoms during withdrawal. Prolonged amphetamine use causes changes to the brain and behavior that may make it difficult to maintain sobriety. The Australian Government Department of Health explains, “The mostRead More

The Epidemic of Substance Abuse Among Older Adults

Most people assume that drug addiction is a problem that begins during teenage and young adult years. However, recent studied have revealed that more and more older adults are developing addiction, mostly to prescription medication. There is a common misconception that older adults do not have problems with drugs in alcohol to the same extentRead More

Should You Take a Multivitamin?

In early recovery, we are in a process of rebuilding our physical health. During our time in active addiction, we rarely gave much consideration to proper nourishment, and our physical health. The body needs vitamins and nutrients for proper functioning, and taking a multivitamin may be an effective way to get the vitamin and nutrientsRead More

Treating Depression without Medication

Medications are often the first line of defense in treating depression. We should certainly seek medical help if we are facing major depressive symptoms and follow our doctor’s advice. If, however, our symptoms are mild, we may be able to implement non-pharmacological techniques ease our symptoms. Physical activity and exercise is one of the mostRead More