You know how some people live paycheck to paycheck? Well, as an addict, I lived from high to high. The only thing that mattered in between was getting the money I needed to capture that next high. Once I began my recovery, however, I quickly realized that I was suddenly going to have quite a…Details
Recovering from a substance use disorder is a long process that can be mentally and physically exhausting. Once you make it through physical withdrawal, you will likely have to face months of cravings, mental addiction, and emotional ups and downs. Maintaining a positive attitude during recovery can be difficult, but it is often necessary for…Details
Undergoing a surgery of any kind can be a difficult ordeal, but in almost every case, it will result in major pain after the surgery. For this reason, doctors and surgeons frequently prescribe pain medication for patients to take post-operation, typically intended to be used for 1-6 weeks after the surgery. In most cases, the…Details
As another positive sign in the fight against opioid abuse, state lawmakers across the country who have loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation’s deadly opioid-abuse crisis. In this great story from AP, it becomes clear that this epidemic touches the lives of everyone, and that there are…Details
Sober companions, sober coaches, or recovery coaches are increasingly common in the world of addiction therapy, and if you or a loved one is contemplating therapy, you might be wondering what they are. Sober companions are essentially persons who are sent home with recovering addicts to help them re-acclimate into life, and to ensure that…Details
Powerful Synthetic Opioid Carfentanil Now Banned China’s National Narcotics Control Commission said Thursday that it is adding the deadly synthetic narcotic Carfentanil and three related synthetic opioids to its list of controlled substances effective March 1. Carfentanil is so powerful that it is often used as an elephant tranquilizer.Details
12-Step is the most popular addiction recovery method in the United States, and you can typically find a 12 Step meeting for almost any type of recovery. However, while 12 Step is popular, many people find that they initially have trouble making the meetings work for them. In most cases, many of us like to…Details
When I was dating a fellow alcoholic, I felt like we had an instant connection, a kinship, if you will. It was serendipity, or so I thought. After all, we were both living the sober lifestyle. How much more compatible can you get? It turns out, however, that our sobriety was the only thing we…Details
When I got sober, one of the things I looked most forward to was that I wouldn’t have to lie to anyone anymore. What I didn’t count on was that lying became a habit, almost an addiction unto itself.
Fighting your way out of addiction is difficult, physically and mentally. Unfortunately, long after your chemical dependence is gone, you will still have to face the emotional and mental scars left by your addiction.