What are the Health Consequences of Benzodiazepine Abuse?

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the United States. Benzodiazepines, such as Valium and Xanax, are a class of drug often prescribed to treat anxiety. In the short-term, benzodiazepines can be effective in treating mental health concerns, but when abused or taken over a long period of time, they can cause major health…

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Exploring Recovery in Early Sobriety

Early recovery can be a confusing time. We want to get involved in a long-term recovery program but are unsure about the pros and cons of each program. There are 12-step programs, religious programs, secular programs, and different programs focused on overcoming different addictions. One of the great things about early sobriety is that we…

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Can I Only Be Helped by Others in Recovery?

We are often surprised to find that many of the people attempting to help us recover in treatment have their own personal experience with addiction and recovery. Their experience, strength, and hope will be invaluable as we enter into a process of addressing and treating our own problems. However, there will also be those who…

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The Tragic Loss of a Comedy Genius

Harris Wittels, co-executive producer of Parks and Recreation and inventor of the word “humblebrag,” passed away from a heroin overdose in February of 2015. Wittels was well-respected in the comedy world and wrote for shows like The Sarah Silverman Program, Eastbound and Down, and, most famously, Parks and Recreation. His story and struggles with addiction,…

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How Do I Become a Member of Alcoholics Anonymous?

Newcomers to the rooms of 12-step recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous may hear the word “member” and think that there is some sort of process required to officially join. Fortunately, this is not the case. There are no dues, fees, secret handshakes, or passwords to become a member of a 12-step recovery group. All you…

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How Does Addiction Change the Brain?

Addiction is a complex disease that affects sufferers in every possible way. One of the greatest consequences of addiction is the changes it makes to the brain. Overtime, chronic drug or alcohol use causes the brain to adapt in ways that change the brain’s physical structure. Not only do these changes lead to addiction and…

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Making Use of Mettā

Metta is a Buddhist concept that loosely translates to “loving-kindness.” Additional meanings of the term may be friendliness, benevolence, goodwill, amity, and empathy for others. Metta is a means of recognizing that there is a sense of solidarity in humanity, and approaching others with a sense of friendliness, consideration, and generosity. Recovery focuses on living…

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What are the Long-Term Effects of Meth?

Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant drug that can cause devastating health consequences. Short-term effects of methamphetamine are dangerous, but the long-term consequences of methamphetamine are extremely serious and terrifying. Most people are familiar with seeing the “before and after” photographs of people addicted to methamphetamine, but the internal health problems that arise from the addiction,…

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Improve Your Recovery by Staying Humble

Many men and women suffering from the disease of addiction have problems with humility. Our egos are often overblown and not reflective of the true reality of our lives. That is not to say we cannot be confident, but we cannot allow our egos or overconfidence to get in the way of our sobriety. When…

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