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The Dangers of White-Knuckle Sobriety

White-knuckle sobriety refers to the practice of desperately holding onto sobriety without working a recovery program. Many programs stress the impossibility of maintaining sobriety by sheer force of will, but there are some—few and far between—who can for some time. The problem with white-knuckling sobriety is that it does not allow one to address all…

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What does Alcoholics Anonymous mean by “Physical Allergy”?

For many years, alcohol use disorder, or alcoholism, has been known as a threefold disease that affects the mind, body, and spirit. Within the disease, three parts are referred to as the spiritual malady, the physical allergy, and the mental obsession. These components, in conjunction, make up the disease of alcohol addiction, as defined by…

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What Does Evidenced-Based Practice Mean?

When undergoing addiction treatment, your doctor will likely provide a number of different ways you can go about treatment. Often times they will offer holistic therapies and treatment. But they will typically suggest going with evidence-based practices. Utilizing evidence-based treatment for addiction is an approach that is gaining popularity. Evidence-Based Practice, also known as EBP,…

You’ve Been Taught Wrong: Disproving Common Myths about Illicit Substances

Most people grow up with what they consider to be a “basic understanding of drugs”, based on many common myths.   “Marijuana isn’t so bad,” they say. “Natural drugs aren’t as harmful as synthetic ones.” Here are 5 of the most common myths about drugs and addiction… and their startling truths. Sharing prescription medication isn’t really…

The Power of Language in Recovery

People are raised to believe that words have little power. As children, the nursery rhyme “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is echoed over and over again. Truthfully, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Words can play an incredibly powerful role in shaping our psyches, identities,…

Retraining Your Brain: You DO Have Control!

In the early stages of any recovery process, it can be comforting to believe that you are not in control of your own life, and that the only thing that you can control is the very next decision you have to make. This allows you to break things down into manageable portions, and to focus…