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Maintaining Awareness of Negative Past Behaviors

A period of time in active addiction causes us to change the ways that we behave and react to situations. These habits can be difficult to break. Addiction causes us to act selfishly because our only motivation is to drink or use drugs. In sobriety, we have an entire psychic change that causes a shiftRead More

Health Benefits of Traveling

One of the greatest gift of sobriety is freedom. We are no longer tether to one location and can we can travel freely. We may have not wanted to travel before because we feared the uncertainty of getting our next drug. Through sobriety, however, we are finally untethered by addiction and can finally fulfil ourRead More

Dangers of Illicit Drug Contaminants

Most drugs are dangerous by themselves, but are becoming increasingly more dangerous by other chemical agents that are mixed in with them. Many substances are combined with other drugs to give the appearance of more of the drug or to potentiate the drug’s effects. Other dangerous substances are in common illicit drugs as a residueRead More

Sobriety and Self-Actualization

Self-actualization is defined as “the realization or fulfillment of one’s talents and potentialities, especially considered as a drive or need present in everyone.” In a state of active addiction, we were far from being self-actualized. Rather than realizing or attempting to fulfill our talents and potentials, we withdrew entirely from ourselves and relied on alcoholRead More

Dance Like Nobody’s Watching

Mark Twain once said, “The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.” The fear of being judged can hold us back from doing the things we want to do in our lives. Early sobriety is often a highly emotional time and we may be in the process of rebuilding our self-esteem. During thisRead More

Understanding the Addictive Personality

An addictive personality refers to a set of personality traits that make one more likely to engage in behaviors that may lead to addiction. The idea of an “addictive personality” is a bit of a misnomer. While psychological traits do play a factor in one’s likelihood of engaging in drug or alcohol use, there areRead More

Overcoming the Stigma of Addiction

The stigma of addiction can be deadly. When a person suffering from addiction or alcoholism feels shame for their disease, it can keep them from seeking the treatment they so desperately need. Many people falsely believe that addiction is the result of a lack of willpower or moral values rather than a disease. They mayRead More

The Horrors of PCP

Phencyclidine, better known as PCP, is a dissociative anaesthetic capable of producing distorted perceptions, severe hallucinations, and violent behavior. PCP is one of the most dangerous drugs in the world because the effects of taking the substance are entirely unpredictable.   According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “at moderate to high doses, PCPRead More

Treating Pain Without Medication

Many people who develop opioid addiction begin with the use of prescribed pain-relieving medications. A vast majority of patients taking prescribed opioids will not have any problems, but for some, prescription opioid use can spiral into abuse and addiction. Those who have entered into a life of sobriety may find it helpful to seek non-pharmacologicalRead More

Are Psychedelics Dangerous?

Many people think it is unfair to lump psychedelics in with more harmful and addictive drugs like heroin and cocaine. In fact, some psychedelic drugs such as ibogaine and ayahuasca are even touted as potential treatments of addiction. In truth, psychedelics often are much less physically harmful than other substances. However, given their unpredictable natureRead More