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Re-looking at Step 1

Step 1: Powerlessness and Unmanageability “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.” Step 1:  AA’s Big Book says, “We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery.” Almost no one wants to admit this: no one wants to be an alcoholic or drug addict. So we tell ourselves we […]

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Goal Setting in Early Recovery

Long Term Goals. Addiction recovery as a goal, is a lifelong journey – and although your recovery will not define who you are, it will always be a part of your life. It’s great to have a positive outlook about the future and have aspirations to achieve. Long term goals help us to see the big picture. However, with long term goals there are some risks. Goals that are too distant […]

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Meetings and Why They are Important

Despite many recovery experts and treatment professionals recommending participation in self-help or support groups, you still might wonder what you’re supposed to do when you attend these meetings, especially if you’re newly sober and just entering recovery. To ease your mind and make the prospect of attending a meeting a little less intimidating, you should first know that self-help or support groups are welcoming, non-judgmental; everyone is there to encourage […]

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Early Recovery Tips

Early recovery includes the first 90 days of sobriety and can last up to the first year or so of recovery. The truth is, there’s no agreement on what constitutes “early recovery,” but what you’ll find here should be a good overview of this important time and offer you guidance on some tried-and-true ways to help sustain your recovery. You may, though, hear other definitions for this period in your […]

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12 Tips for staying clean and sober during holiday time.

With the holiday season fast approaching, you can never prepare to early. Remaining sober can be especially hard during the holidays.  Family gatherings, holiday parties, and other social occasions can be very difficult for someone who is in early recovery.  Thoughts of past holiday occasions often bring up memories of celebratory drinking, drugs, or gambling. Although it can be very hard to get used to the idea of a sober […]

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What happens after Rehab

Thinking about your fresh start in recovery and after Rehab, may find you fondly reminiscing about the good old days, the times you caroused and partied with your “old friends” before getting serious and getting clean. But there’s an insidious danger in falling prey to these kinds of thoughts. And there’s definitely a big red stop sign that should rear up if you start believing that maybe you can go […]

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10 Drugs and how they effect the body

Drug and drugs of abuse is a very common problem in most countries so it seemed like a good topic for a list. This is a list of ten of the most abused drugs and the effects they have on people.  10. Heroin Heroin is an opiate processed directly from the extracts of the opium poppy. It was originally created to help cure people of addiction to morphine. Upon crossing […]

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Rebuilding Family Relationships In Early Sobriety

 Although achieving the first steps on the path of recovery from addiction is a personally powerful experience, coming face to face with the damage to family left behind and the amends that need to be made can be overwhelming. When my head cleared up in the first months of recovery and I became truly aware of how much I had hurt my family, I did not know if the ruins […]

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Drugs and the Olympics

Steroids and the Olympics Anabolic steroids, a catch-all term for male hormones, are the oldest and still the most widely used banned drugs in the Olympics — nearly half of banned substances detected in drug tests are steroids. Testosterone is the most recognised doping steroid — it was first made in 1935 to treat men deficient in male sex hormones. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) bans any drug that increases […]

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Do and Dont’s for Early Recovery

DO – Ask for help from people you trust In Early Recovery this is probably the single most important piece of advice for someone who continues to struggle with drug or alcohol addiction. The reason such a person is struggling is because they are dealing with a problem all by themselves, and they are constantly battling with the fact that they cannot overcome their problem alone. Many of us are […]

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Relapse and what to look out for

Relapse can and does happen. Relapse is more than just using alcohol or drugs.  It is the progressive process of becoming so dysfunctional in recovery that self-medication with alcohol or drugs seems like a reasonable choice. The relapse process is a lot like knocking over a line of dominoes.  The first domino hits the second, which hits the third, and soon a progressive chain reaction has started.  The sequence of […]

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Heroin Addiction ?

By Kristie Lynn Heroin addicts can experience a shift in personality, behaviour, and physical health in times of active addiction. What signs can you look out for? And what can you do to help? We review here. Then, we invite you to ask your personal questions or share your experiences in the comments section at the end. Know that we try to respond to all comments personally and promptly…and that […]

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