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What to Do After a Relapse

Although it’s not a requirement for a drug addict in recovery, relapse often happens and is a part of many recovery journeys. Relapse is not a single event; it’s an insidious process that eventually leads to an addict taking that first drink or drug. So, what often leads up to a relapse? Things start to slip in an addict’s program: meeting attendance dwindles, nightly inventories… 

Addicted to Opiates? Here’s What to Do About Your Addiction

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If you’ve stumbled onto this blog, you’re probably what to do about your addiction (or maybe your loved one’s addiction). I won’t bore you with a long intro paragraph on the stats surrounding opioids – you get it: they can kill you and permanently damage your brain and body. So, let’s dive into 5 steps you can take TODAY to deal with your addiction. Here’s… 

Life After Addiction | How to Transition Back to Normal Life After Treatment

It’s possible to have a life after addiction — you just have to know what to do. One important thing to understand about addiction and recovery is that it’s a lifelong journey. Asking for help and receiving treatment are just the first two steps.  The real challenge comes when it’s time for life after addiction. And with that challenge comes reward. It also takes commitment,… 

Getting Sober — The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done

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Getting sober is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’ve done a lot of things that were hard. I’ve moved across the country and left women I loved. I’ve moved across the country with no idea what I would face when I got there—multiple times. I’ve completed multiple degrees, including a master’s degree. I’ve worked in the world of marketing where everything has to be… 

How to Help an Addict

Wondering how to help an addict? Here’s my experience. Trying to help an addict can be one of the most difficult and frustrating experiences of anyone’s life, especially if the addict has been using for a long time. The truth is that helping an addict is almost impossible when they’re not ready. So many of my sponsees are scared of sponsoring. They think they’ll mess… 

Is Sober Living a Good Idea? What the Sober Living Environment Is Like

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Sober living is probably the only reason I made it through the first six months of my sobriety. The environment in most sober living facilities is not nearly as bad as most people think it is. I was scared to go, but once I got there, I found something incredible: a large group of men who were just like me, who were working hard to… 

What’s Rehab Like? It’s Like High School (Seriously)

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If you’re wondering what rehab is like, then let me just tell you my personal story about going to rehab. I’ll never forget first time someone told me they’d been to a drug rehab. It was like talking to a leper. I was still using, and I would continue to use for another couple years. I’d never even heard of Cocaine Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous…