So What if You Don’t Do Everything ‘Right’ in Recovery?

So What if You Don’t Do Everything ‘Right’ in Recovery?

So What if You Don’t Do Everything ‘Right’ in Recovery? Most people are aware that healthy lifestyle changes are helpful in recovery. Exercise, meditation, healthy eating, adequate sleep, a regular routine, and positive relationships are all regularly called essential to recovery. What if you haven’t done all of that, or any of it? We all …

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How to Make Better Decisions in Addiction Recovery

How to Make Better Decisions in Addiction Recovery

How to Make Better Decisions in Addiction Recovery Brain scans show that in people who have struggled with addiction for a long time, the part of your brain responsible for rational thinking becomes cut off from the part of your brain responsible for gratification. That means the longer addiction persists, the less you are physically …

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What’s the Difference Between ‘Selfish’ and ‘Self-seeking’ behaviour?

What’s the Difference Between ‘Selfish’ and ‘Self-seeking’ behaviour?

What’s the Difference Between ‘Selfish’ and ‘Self-seeking’ behaviour? In the Big Book there is an explanation of step four–a searching and fearless moral inventory–that includes this passage: ‘Putting out of our minds the wrongs others had done, we resolutely looked for our own mistakes. Where had we been selfish, dishonest, self-seeking, and frightened?’ What’s the …

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7 Signs Your Child May Be Using Drugs

7 Signs Your Child May Be Using Drugs

7 Signs Your Child May Be Using Drugs Parents never want to think their children are using drugs. They want to believe their kids know better or that they are too young for that sort of thing. Unfortunately, we all do things despite knowing better and the younger kids start using drugs, the more likely …

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Why Binge-watching Can Leave You Feeling Depressed

Why Binge-watching Can Leave You Feeling Depressed

Why Binge-watching Can Leave You Feeling Depressed Binge-watching television shows is a relatively new phenomenon. 10 years ago, you could buy your favourite show on DVD and watch to your heart’s content, but it wasn’t until Netflix started dropping whole seasons of original content at once that binge-watching became common. This format allowed for plot …

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What to do When You Discover Your Teen is Using Drugs

What to do When You Discover Your Teen is Using Drugs

What to do When You Discover Your Teen is Using Drugs It might be shocking to learn your child has been using drugs. Maybe you found something while doing laundry, maybe you got a call from the school, or maybe you heard a credible rumour. Now you have to figure out the extent of the …

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How to Laugh More in Addiction Recovery

How to Laugh More in Addiction Recovery

How to Laugh More in Addiction Recovery Laughing helps recovery in many ways. It reduces stress, it helps you relax, it improves your immune system, making you less prone to illness, it reduces pain, and it helps you stay positive. All of these are important if you’re trying to stay sober, or if you just …

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Why Laughter is Important in Addiction Recovery

Why Laughter is Important in Addiction Recovery

Why Laughter is Important in Addiction Recovery Addiction is a serious topic with serious consequences. People lose their jobs, their homes, and their lives. Quitting is a struggle and for many people it’s the hardest thing they’ll ever do. Despite all that, or because of it, laughing is one of the best things you can …

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Why Don’t People Get Treatment for Addiction?

Why Don’t People Get Treatment for Addiction?

Why Don’t People Get Treatment for Addiction? At any given time, fewer than half of people who need treatment for drug or alcohol addiction seek treatment. Exactly what percentage depends on where you live. In some countries, about half of people who need treatment seek it and in other countries the number is less than …

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There is No Silver Bullet for Addiction

There is No Silver Bullet for Addiction

There is No Silver Bullet for Addiction Addiction has certain features for nearly everyone–escalating use, increasing secrecy, using to get back to normal, fear of withdrawal, prioritising use over work, school, family, and friends. Some of these features are more obvious than others in certain people, but there’s a strong family resemblance. It’s tempting, then, …

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