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‘The Opposite Of Addiction Is Not Sobriety’

Johann Hari, author of the New York Times best-selling book “Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs,” has been exploring the true cause of addiction, something he believes is largely misunderstood. In a Ted Talk filmed last month, Hari challenged the belief that addiction is caused by chemical hooks, saying patients who receive painkillers after medical procedures but have no issue getting off the […]

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This Is Your Brain On Neuroscience

By Zachary Siegel 07/05/15 Addiction science and neuroscience will make your head spin. It’s not brain surgery Shutterstock It’s the age of what people are calling the “neuro-disciplines.” It all began with a now well-known branch of medicine called neurology, the study of the nervous system, whose first registered usewas in 1681. The Ancient Greek prefix has since attached to, well, just about every discipline under the sun: neurolaw, neuroengineering, […]

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Cross Addiction

If you understand the fundamentals of addiction, you’ll understand that it was never about the drugs or alcohol or other self-destructive behaviours. What characterizes addiction is the obsessive and compulsive nature of the behaviour and also what happens when we do act out on that behaviour. We start a process that is exclusive to our condition, POWERLESSNESS. Powerlessness means that we lose control and our lives become unmanageable. Unmanageability can […]

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How Do Addicts Make Decisions

By Jeanene Swanson 06/02/15 Learning about the economics of decision-making could mean the difference between relapse and long-term sobriety. Shutterstock Most, if not all, addicts and alcoholics struggle with quitting and staying sober. And many have an equally hard time understanding why. What if would-be recovering addicts and alcoholics knew more about what goes into the making decisions—and how setting and achieving goals, and putting value on rewards, goes wrong in […]

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Pushing Through

It’s not always rainbows and sunshine in early recovery. Gone is the myth, just because I’ve stopped using everything will be okay now. On the contrary, because you’ve stopped using or acting out on your addiction you will start to see the REAL wreckage of your past. All those feelings that have been pushed down for so many years start to surface. Don’t back away, it’s now time to move forward and start sorting through it […]

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Step Five

“We admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs” For step five to be effective we must have, without reservation put all our honesty into step four. The key words in step four are searching and fearless. Step four has called for us to face ourselves with courage and truth. Addressing shame, guilt and resentment on this level requires a depth of […]

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New Relationships

Through our using we came to believe falsely that we were self-sufficient; that we didn’t need anyone else, we couldn’t stand anyone else as long as we had our drugs.  Through this thinking, our interpersonal skills and abilities to communicate with others were put on hold and very possibly damaged.  We were not designed to live in isolation, yet this is where addiction takes each one of us.  Coming into […]

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Step Four

‘Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves’ My experience with Step Four was a difficult one. I knew that if I wanted to really find out who I was, I had to go to those places that I didn’t want anyone to know about. Those dark corners of my “secret world” that I had created. The toxic shame-infested dam had to be broken down. In order for the […]

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Social Media Linked to Substance Abuse

Plenty of research has demonstrated that the addictive quality of social media is very real. And according to a new study, heavy social media use may also contribute to a different type of addiction. Psychologists at the University of Albany found that not only is social media (particularly Facebook) itself potentially addictive, those who use it may also be at greater risk for impulse-control issues like substance abuse. The researchers […]

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Step Two

12 Step Program: Step 2 ‘we came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity” The ‪spiritual ‪‎principal of step two is ‪‎Hope. Looking back on Step One briefly, we will see that we have admitted, accepted and understood that we cannot use drugs successfully and because of that our lives have become unmanageable. It leaves us in a dark and rather hopeless place of, what now? This is […]

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Step One

Step One ‘We ‪‎admitted‬ we were ‪powerless‬ over our addiction and that our lives had become ‪unmanageable‬‘. As an addict I HAVE to come to terms with the word powerlessness. One of my main character ‪‎defects‬ is the need to control. I needed to control my feelings, my environment, my peers and even other peoples’ perceptions about me. This proved to be a tiresome act, because in reality I have […]

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My Bethesda Experience

I arrived at Bethesda with a front of false confidence, behind the smile was a broken soul. Doubt reigned over me, so many rehab admissions, and so many failures. The most asked question followed me around, “what’s going to be different this time”? The truth was I didn’t know. What I did know is that, my addiction was not only manifesting itself in drug abuse, it had taken on new […]

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