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Perfectionism and Recovery from Addiction

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Striving for Perfection In our minds, we all have an idea of what life is supposed to be like. These ideals can extend into various aspects of our lives – from our relationships to our families, to our children, our work and more. Striving for perfection is a noble endeavor, but only if we are … Continued

Coping With a Successful Recovery

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

If you’re a recovered alcoholic or substance abuser, you know that escaping your addiction through rehab and recovery gave you a second chance at life. It’s a cause for celebration, after struggling through addiction and completing a rehab program successfully. You deserve to be acknowledged for your success! However, it’s also important to remember that … Continued

Addiction and Learned Helplessness

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

How does one learn to be helpless? Learned helplessness…sounds like an oxymoron, right? The idea of ”learned helplessness” originated from experiments on animals. Researchers would put a hapless creature in a situation where they were faced with unpleasant stimuli from which they tried but could not escape. Eventually, they just accepted their situation and stopped … Continued

Addiction Affects the Whole Family

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The impact of addiction is felt well beyond the person struggling with the disease. Family, friends, co-workers, and even neighbors can be impacted by the many problems addiction brings. Lies, violence, legal troubles and more bring hardships to those around you — and many times those with loved ones abusing drugs or alcohol suffer a … Continued

Addiction Recovery and Relapse

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What happens if it happens? While rehab can lead to recovery, it is certainly not without struggle. Many recovered users experience a relapse during or after the addiction recovery process. That’s why it is important to understand that relapse is a process, not an event. In order to understand relapse prevention, you have to understand … Continued

The Importance of Peer Recovery Support

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

It’s a long road back from addiction. While recovery is different for every individual, one thing remains the same: all persons in recovery need the support of others. And these others need to be intimately familiar with what it means to be an addict. Recovering addicts can experience agonizing doubt, fear, cravings and rocky instability … Continued

The Spiritual Principles of Step Ten

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tenth Step: We Continued “We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, we promptly admitted it.” “Ugh, I’m so tired of looking at myself! When do I get a break? How much longer do I have to do this stuff?” Since we’ve made it this far, it only makes sense to go … Continued

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