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Is Addiction a Choice?

There is a great amount of debate over whether addiction is truly a disease or if it is a choice. Anyone who has suffered from addiction, however, can testify that they had lost all choice in the matter. Addiction causes significant changes to the brain’s reward system resulting in compulsive behavior that nullifies any possibilityRead More

The Power of Laughter

They say that laughter is the best medicine, and recent research has proven that laughter does, in fact, have many benefits on mental and physical health. Laughter is a great way to overcome stress and anxiety, and lead to overall improvement in mood and quality of life. Research into laughter has found that it causesRead More

Finding Happiness in the Present Moment

One of the greatest roadblocks in recovery is fear. We tend to allow our fears of the future overwhelm us. We see a lifetime of sobriety as a daunting task and fear it is too much for us. However, if we are free of our fears of what may or may not occur, we areRead More

What are the Mental Health Benefits of Swimming?

Swimming is an effective and versatile exercise with tremendous physical benefits. However, there are also surprising mental health benefits of swimming. Getting into the water can be a great way to improve our mood and general sense of wellbeing, and has been proven to be an effective stress relieving activity. Swimming is a great wayRead More

What are the Health Benefits of Rock Climbing?

Rock climbing is a versatile exercise that requires focus, strength, and endurance. The activity can provide wonderful physical benefits as well as major improvements in mental health. Rock climbing can be difficult, but the feeling of reward by overcoming the challenges presented by rock climbing is indescribable. The physical benefits of rock climbing are tremendous.Read 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

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

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

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

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