What is Psychological Dependence?

Not all drugs create physical dependence and subsequent withdrawal symptoms. Marijuana and many psychedelics and hallucinogens, for example, do not cause a user to go into a state of withdrawal when discontinued, but still carry the potential for addiction. A person addicted to drugs that do not create physical dependence is still at just as…

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The Three Types of Drinkers: Moderate, Hard, and Alcoholic

When looking at different types of drinkers, we find three main categories: Moderate drinkers, hard drinkers, and those who drink alcoholically. These categories can be difficult to determine, as most people who suffer from the disease of alcoholism prefer to deceive themselves into believing that they are simple “hard drinkers.” If we are to determine…

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What is “Euphoric Recall”?

Euphoric recall is the tendency for a person recovery to look back at their past drug or alcohol abuse in a positive light, often reexperiencing the feelings of the past situation. During euphoric recall, a person will only remember the euphoria associated with their drug or alcohol abuse without remembering the suffering and pain of…

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Delusions and Self-Deception in Addiction

People often quote the phrase, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” The insanity of addiction and alcoholism, however, can be somewhat different. Many of us were fully aware of the consequences of our using—the harms we would cause ourselves and others, the chaos and unmanageability it would create…

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Getting Outside of Your Comfort Zone

We used drugs and alcohol as a way of coping with the discomfort of the outside world. Rarely could we enter into any social situation without being under the influence of substances. We felt safe and protected in a cloud of intoxication. Eventually, however, we found ourselves isolating and entirely unable to face the outside…

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Why is Empathy Important in Recovery?

Early recovery is a time when our emotions return and may even be heightened for a period of time. We spent so much time deadening our emotional natures with drugs and alcohol, that it is only natural that we will begin to feel a strong resurgence of emotion in sobriety. One such emotion, empathy, often…

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12-Step Recovery: Why it Works

12-Step recovery programs focus on taking a newcomer through a series of steps so they can experience a spiritual awakening and develop a relationship with a higher power of their own understanding as a means of achieving and maintaining sobriety. The 12-Step recovery program began with Alcoholics Anonymous, but has proven to be so effective…

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5 Reasons Why You Should Recover In Laguna Beach

Making the decision to move from home for treatment is a tough decision to make. You want to choose a place that supports your health, happiness, and recovery. Look no further than Laguna Beach, California, where Oceanfront Recovery, a men’s treatment program, calls home.   We’re on the beach: Oceanfront Recovery is just steps from…

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Why Do We Help Others in Recovery?

In recovery communities, particularly 12-Step fellowships, there is an emphasis on helping those new to recovery go through the process of achieving and maintaining sobriety. The concept of helping others as a means of maintaining one’s own sobriety comes from the collective experience of many men and women in recovery. Alcoholics Anonymous was the first…

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Coping with Fear in Sobriety

Fear was one of the biggest factors in our descent into addiction. We were afraid of people, relationships, and facing life without the comfort of drugs or alcohol. When we make the decision to get sober, we are also making a decision to finally face all the things that used to fill us with fear.…

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