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Surviving the Silly Season

As we fast approach the season of holidays and Christmas time, many people in recovery start to feel the anxiety. A lot of spare time, family reunions, alcohol is usually involved and financial pressure are a few of the stresses that come with this time of year. So the question is: How do we survive silly season? There are a few key points we can look at. Being accountable / […]

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Spirituality’s Role in Addiction Recovery

This post written by Anne Meadows Spirituality’s Role in Addiction Recovery Addiction treatment programs focus very much on the biological and scientific explanations behind addiction and proven protocols for how to fix them. PET scans show how dopamine – a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward – has large and fast increases in response to drugs and alcohol that mimic those increases seen when people experience pleasure.  Dopamine induced by substances, […]

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Just How Bad Are Energy Drinks for Recovering People?

For those recovering from alcohol and drug addictions, the urge to find a fix seems to be never-ending. To replace their drug of choice, the recovering addict will find other means to soothe their minds and souls. A replacement “high” that has become common among recovering people is the use of energy drinks. Energy drinks’ combination of caffeine, vitamins, and herbs can provide the kick they need, and, it’s legal […]

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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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Step Three

‘Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand him’ There it is, the big “G” word. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone saying, I can’t do step three because I don’t believe in God I would be a very wealthy man. The fact of the matter is this, I have tried everything under the […]

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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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God and Recovery

If you choose to follow a 12 step program or any program with substance, you are going to have to come to terms with the fact that you are not in control. Step One if fully accepted, lived and understood should leave you in a dark corner. Okay, so I’m not in control of my addiction. My obsessiveness and compulsion to use is larger and more powerful than I am. […]

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