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Addiction and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is defined as, “a condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock, typically involving disturbance of sleep and constant vivid recall of the experience, with dulled responses to others and to the outside world.” Many men and women suffering from PTSD turnRead More

What are the Warning Signs of a Relapse?

Relapse is unfortunately common in recovery. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, relapse rates are somewhere between 40 and 60 percent. Recognizing the early signs that one is heading for a relapse can be lifesaving. When we see the signs that a relapse may be coming, we are given the opportunity to makeRead More

Finding Joy in Service Work

One of the best ways to stay on track in sobriety is to get involved with your local recovery community. The first few suggestions to newcomers is to get a sponsor and join a home group. Having a home group allows one to take on responsibility in early sobriety and provide service to others. WhetherRead More

How Does Addiction Affect the Developing Brain?

Addiction often begins in teenage years before the brain has fully developed. Recent research into the effects of alcohol and drugs on adolescent brain development has shown that it creates detrimental abnormalities. The significance of brain alteration as a result of substances varies based on type of substance and frequency of use, but even minorRead More

Ending Each Day in Sobriety

Before we end our day, it is important that we take time for self-reflection. In sobriety, we take it “one day at a time,” ending each day with a constructive analysis of our behaviors, thoughts, and actions from the previous 24 hours. By doing so, we are able to reflect on any changes we needRead More

What are Spiritual Principles?

Spiritual principles are all encompassing strategies for living life in the best way possible. 12-Step recovery has a focus on spiritual principles that are linked with each step. However, attempting to live by spiritual principles is beneficial to everyone, regardless of their involvement in 12-Step or another recovery program. Spiritual principles allow one to haveRead More

Forming a Sane and Sound Sex Ideal

The 4th Step of 12-Step recovery suggests that we make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. A part of our moral inventory requires that we take an honest look at our sexual and romantic relationships. Afterward, we try to “shape a sane and sound ideal of our future sex life,” and attempt toRead More

What is “insanity” in Active Addiction and Alcoholism?

The insanity of addiction and alcoholism is a common concept in the rooms of 12-Step recovery fellowships. This insanity results from the self-deception that many people suffering from addiction experience. We try all sorts of methods to assert control over our drinking and drug use, despite the fact that we have entirely lost control overRead More

Finding an Internal Source of Happiness

For many of us, the only time we felt any sense of happiness was when we were drinking or using. We had deluded ourselves into believing that we could not be happy without something external, whether it be drugs and alcohol or material things and relationships. In sobriety, we found that our happiness was notRead More

What is Enabling?

Addiction is a disease that affects a sufferer’s family and loved ones. As a response to a loved one’s addiction, a person may attempt to shield them from negative consequences or do other things in an attempt to help the individual that, in reality, only serve to continue or exacerbate their addiction. Enabling behaviors canRead More