Addiction Recovery

Which Recovers First from Drug Addiction, The Mind or the Body?

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When recovering from an addiction, the mind, body, and spirit are strongly affected in multifaceted ways. The chemical makeup of the drug forces individuals to be mentally and physically dependent on the destructive substance. Mentally, individuals may think that they need the drug to cope with everyday difficulties. Physically, the body becomes used to the effects of the drug. However, during the recovery process, the mind and body both need to recover in their respective ways. Each can recover at a different pace. Quick to Feel Improvement Often, the body may quickly feel incremental changes and “feel better” because it […]

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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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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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How to Be Involved in a Loved One’s Recovery

How to Be Involved in a Loved One’s Recovery

Addiction is a very poorly understood, highly stigmatized disease. Many people see addiction as a behavioral problem wherein addicts consciously and repeatedly choose alcohol or drugs over their health, relationships, careers and independence. However, most addicts don’t want to be in active addiction. As the repercussions of having a substance abuse problem accumulate over time, it quickly becomes an unhealthy, dangerous way of life. For those of us who haven’t experienced addiction first hand, it can be difficult to understand why addicts have such difficulty ceasing a behavior that wreaks such havoc in their lives. Understanding addiction and the recovery […]

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