A Census of Our Lost Lifetimes [Infographic]

Addiction and Emotional Maturity

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Handling Emotions Even without the problems that substance abuse brings, life can be a real struggle for an individual that is unable to handle their emotions. Without emotional maturity, it is virtually impossible to find real happiness. Adults who don’t mature emotionally are also more likely to engage in substance abuse. They turn to chemicals … Continued

Dealing with resistance to treatment

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

You often hear that the first step to recovery is recognizing that you have a problem, and need help. But what if your loved one is resistant to drug treatment? What should you do? The answer, unfortunately, is complicated. Family and loved ones typically advocate seeking help faster than a drug or alcohol addict. While … Continued

Hitting Rock Bottom

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

How do you know when you’ve hit it? We’ve all heard of the term “hitting rock bottom”…but where exactly is it? Is it the same rock bottom that others hit? For many, “rock bottom” is a point an addict reaches when they are finally willing to seek help. Things are now so bad for them … Continued

Your Guide to Substance Abuse and Anxiety Disorders

Thursday, November 1, 2012

You’ve probably heard friends say, “I’m having a panic attack!” when they refer to a particularly stressful situation. Maybe they’re worried about an upcoming test or job interview, or they’re nervous about a big date, a doctor’s appointment or a loved one’s surgery. Being worried or even especially anxious, however, isn’t a panic attack. Panic … Continued

Recovery and Self Acceptance

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pushing against an immovable object is an exercise in frustration, and a big waste of time and energy. Yet for many of us, we do just that when we refuse to fully accept ourselves as we are, warts and all. There are just some things that have to be accepted for what they are. For … Continued

Finding Courage in Recovery

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

People who are trapped in addiction can suffer greatly. Their obsession with alcohol and drugs can lead to the destruction of everything they hold dear. It is usually obvious that their addictive behavior is the source of the misery, but the individual may still be unwilling to change. This is because there is comfort in … Continued

My best employee is an addict, what do I do?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

It’s a situation no manager ever wants to be in. Something is wrong with your best employee, and you just can’t put your finger on it. Maybe their work has become careless or sloppy. Perhaps their breaks have gotten longer and longer. Or maybe their once professional appearance has slipped due to poor personal hygiene. … 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

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