12 Step Fellowships

12 Step Fellowships such as Alcoholics Anonymous are widely recognized as one of the best community resources available for recovering from alcoholism, drug addiction, and other compulsive disorders. Millions of people have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body.

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Choosing the Right Rehab

Finding the right rehab for your son, daughter, loved one, or just someone that you want to help is not that easy

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Adolescent Drug Overdose

"Teen users are at significantly higher risk of developing an addictive disorder compared to adults, and the earlier they began using, the higher their risk. Nine out of 10 people who meet the clinical criteria for substance use disorders involving nicotine, alcohol or other drugs began smoking, drinking or using other drugs before they turned 18. People who begin using any addictive substance before age 15 are six and a half times as likely to develop a substance use disorder as those who delay use until age 21 or older (28.1 percent vs. 4.3 percent)." - "Adolescent Substance Abuse: America's #1 Public Health Problem," National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, June 2011, p. 2

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Fun In Early Sobriety - Making it Count

One of the most common problems for recovering alcoholics and addicts is learning to have fun without drinking or using drugs.  Many reasons people become addicted to drugs or alcohol are depression, boredom and detachment from life, which are all common factors. 

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12 Step Fellowships - Getting Help Outside of Treatment

12 Step Fellowships are widely recognized as one of the best community resources available for individuals recovering from alcoholism, drug addiction, and many other disorders.  Millions of people have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body.

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Excercise Addiction - When Staying Healthy Becomes Unhealthy

Running is unconditionally great for the body, the soul, and the mind.  When taken to the extreme though, it can be harmful.  Most people with alcohol use disorder and substance use disorder find that running is exceptionally beneficial to their recovery, and it is, when properly induced.  When does it become an addiction?

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What If Your Not Able to Go To Rehab?

If you would like to get clean and sober but are not able to enter a treatment center, there are some alternatives that may help.

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Triggers, Relapse & Prevention

Triggers for relapse are classified as environmental, re-exposure and stress triggers.  Stimuli that cause a neuro-chemical response that immediately induces cravings for alcohol or drugs that may lead to a relapse for someone in recovery. 

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Exercising in Recovery

For recovering addicts and alcoholics the brain experiences a chemical reward, which can help to sustain prolonged sobriety through the release of dopamine and serotonin to the brain which can be damaged or lost during active drug and alcohol use.

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Approaching Your Loved One

Approaching your loved one about their alcohol and/or drug use isn't easy. The thought of having the conversation may fill you with fear and anxiety. However, the earlier they are approached about their substance abuse, the better.

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Fun In Sobriety

Many addicts and alcoholics think, what am I going to do now that I am sober? There cannot possibly be anything fun to do in sobriety.  Well, this is only a matter of prospective, and the newly sober person may say, that without a police chase or  taking risks that may lead to death, hurting themselves or loved ones around them, there is no fun. It is the definition of fun that changes with long-term sobriety.

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Relapse Prevention

Relapse prevention is a cognitive-behavioral approach with the goal of identifying and preventing high-risk situations such as substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive behavior, sexual offending, obesity, and depression. Furthermore, relapse prevention is an important component in the treatment process of alcoholism and drug addiction, or alcohol/drug dependence.

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