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Why I Quit

Why I Quit

J. was 18 when she started drinking. “It was one of those cliche moments where everyone’s doing it, and I’m going to do it. It’s my birthday and I’m going to have a good night–all those excuses, you know?” After that, she said, “it was just easier to accept other things into my life,” she told Foundation Recovery Network. Marijuana and cigarettes followed, and before long, cocaine. Even then, however, J. had a line she refused to cross: She wouldn’t become her brother. “All of us saw my brother go through being an alcoholic and an addict with every substance. […]

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5 Things NOT to Do When Your Loved One Is Addicted

5 Things NOT to Do When Your Loved One Is Addicted

When it comes to addiction, everyone has his or her preconceived notions. No matter what the experts and research have told us, it’s difficult to separate unbiased fact from personal experience. In the media, addicts are often portrayed as dangerous, untrustworthy criminals. Meanwhile, those of us who have loved ones suffering from addiction will create our own analysis after seeing their self-destructive behaviors. As difficult as it is to watch a person you love suffer from this terrible disease, it’s important to remember that it’s no easier to actually be an addict. Although addiction may seem to be a life […]

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Opioid Use in the Suburbs and Rural Areas 

Years ago, heroin use was primarily an inner-city problem. In the 21st century, however, opioid use has increasingly moved to suburban and rural areas. The effects are just as devastating when heroin hits the suburbs as they are in large cities. Opioid drugs, such as heroin, oxycodone, OxyContin, and other painkillers and narcotics can destroy lives, families and communities. Has Opioid Abuse Moved Out of Cities? It is important not to dismiss opioid abuse in large cities—the inner city drug problem is still prevalent and booming. However, rural areas such as West Virginia, Ohio, Alaska, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and more are […]

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Myths and Realities About Addiction

Myths and Realities About Addiction

The reason so many people battling addiction don’t end up getting help is because they are often misunderstood, sometimes even by their primary care physicians. Certain myths about addiction have been propagated for well over a century despite loads of scientific evidence that dispelled these false ideas years ago. Here are six such myths and their corresponding realities. Myth: Addiction is a moral failing. Reality: Addiction is a disease based upon many things, including genetics, mental health and physical dependency. President Obama1 and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy2 even have called on Americans in recent months to get this […]

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How to Feel Comfortable on Your First Sober Vacation

How to Feel Comfortable on Your First Sober Vacation

For those in early recovery, the thought of going on vacation may induce more anxiety than excitement, but there is no reason that being sober should spoil your trip. Here are some hints to avoid relapsing or feeling like the odd one out. Don’t Pick a Party Zone There are some destinations that are famous for attracting people who want to take drugs, drink large amounts of alcohol or gamble. If you’re newly sober you’ll want to avoid these particular spots, not only to limit temptation, but because you may feel uncomfortable around inebriated people. Some cities to cross off […]

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