Leaving the alcoholic with a drinking problem

Leaving the alcoholic with a drinking problem

To leave or not to leave the alcoholic, that is the question. I have been in this situation several times, even in sobriety. It can be one of the most difficult decisions to make, because while staying in the misery seems impossible,...
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05/11 2015
Understanding Dopamine is Crucial

Understanding Dopamine is Crucial

A Naturally-Produced Chemical Can Also be Manufactured Medical science has finally shed some much-needed light on the problem of dopamine addiction. At one time addiction was thought to be a reflection of weak character and wrong choices. But now, after decades of...
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05/04 2015
Recovery: Writing the Story of Your Life

Recovery: Writing the Story of Your Life

“When Writing the Story of Your Life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.” -Rebel Thriver I think of this quote often as I make some big changes in my life. I am quitting a job that I hate to pursue writing...
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04/20 2015
The Beauty of Prayer

The Beauty of Prayer

I never fully comprehended The Beauty of Prayer until about a year into my sobriety. I started waking up every morning before the sun to meditate. That was when I first began to realize how out of control and generally negative my...
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04/13 2015
Before Recovery: The First Time He Hit Me

Before Recovery: The First Time He Hit Me

For the purposes of easy reading and to protect his identity, I’ll call my ex boyfriend Aaron. The first time he hit me it surprised me more than it physically hurt. He was immediately consumed with guilt and shame afterward; he fell...
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04/01 2015
Motivational Interviewing and Addiction Treatment

Motivational Interviewing and Addiction Treatment

Patients who seek treatment for addiction often suffer from depleted self-confidence and can feel hopeless against their addiction. Motivational Interviewing is a strategy in addiction treatment that is used to encourage those suffering from substance abuse to change their lifestyle and embrace...
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03/19 2015
Eating Disorders Are a Form of Addiction

Eating Disorders Are a Form of Addiction

Eating disorders are serious medical conditions that can have devastating health consequences if not stopped or treated in a timely manner. The most common types of eating disorders include bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. These three potentially lethal conditions involve...
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01/27 2015
Compartmentalization

Compartmentalization

The longer I’m in recovery the more I realize how much of my time I spent in mental defense against the truth concerning my drinking and using. I didn’t want to face the truth about myself and how I was truly feeling...
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01/26 2015