A letter to My wonderful mother, who drank herself to death

May 26 2:00pm A hangover free life
This photo is from our time in Australia last summer and shows the HOF family at play on the beach at sunset.  It was my sons birthday this week and I read this in The Guardian recently and two thoughts came to mind.  I didn’t want to be recalled by my children like the mother … Continue reading A letter to … My wonderful mother, who drank herself to death → The post A letter to … My wonderful mother, who drank herself to death appeared first on A hangover free life.
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OTC Naloxone in Michigan

May 26 12:31pm Addiction & Recovery News
Naloxone is not enough, but it is important. From the press release: Gov. Rick Snyder today authorized the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to issue a standing order pre-authorizing the distribution of naloxone by pharmacists to eligible individuals. … Continue reading →...
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You Must do One Critical Thing in Order to Get Sober Successfully

May 26 12:17pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
What is the one critical thing that you must do in order to successfully get clean and sober? Surrender. Surrender is the key to recovery. Without surrender you cannot possibly turn your life around. Without surrender you will not be willing to put in the hard work in order to do the things that you […] The post You Must do One Critical Thing in Order to Get Sober Successfully appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Free from Worry Regain control of yourself in order to help your addicted child

May 26 10:47am Parent Pathway
Someone mentioned recently what a big smile I had.  I responded, ‘Yes, I have a lot to smile about…’  Then I thought about how that wasn’t always the case.  There were many days and weeks that would go by with no sign of a smile.  This was during the depths of the dark time with […]...
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Life in Recovery from Addiction in Canada

May 26 8:53am William L. White | Blog
A 2015 review of Life in Recovery surveys in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia highlighted 20 conclusions of these surveys and related epidemiologic studies on remission from substance use disorders. The profiled studies confirm substantial recovery prevalence within the general populations, the diversity of people in recovery, the diversity of pathways of(……)...
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Safe space for illegal drug consumption in Baltimore would save $6 million a year

May 25 10:02am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
$6 million in costs related to the opioid epidemic could be saved each year if a single 'safe consumption' space for illicit drug users were opened in Baltimore, a new cost-benefit analysis suggests.
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The Fundamental Principles of Alcoholism Recovery

May 24 3:33pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
What are the fundamental principles of drug addiction recovery and alcoholism recovery? In other words, what are the key elements from all of the different recovery programs that are actually critical to the process of successful recovery? The first and most important fundamental principle is that of surrender. Without surrender there can be no recovery, […] The post The Fundamental Principles of Alcoholism Recovery appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Cost-effective ways to combat HIV risk among intravenous drug users identified

May 24 2:17pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
With the abuse of opioids on the rise in the United States, researchers are concerned that increased HIV transmission from shared needles won't be far behind.
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Benefits of medical marijuana for treatment of epilepsy examined

May 24 1:11pm Marijuana News -- ScienceDaily
Although cannabis had been used for many centuries for treatment of seizure disorders, medical use became prohibited in the 20th century. However, with the loosening of laws regarding medical marijuana, research and clinical use of marijuana-derived substances are increasing. This has prompted the publishing of an in-depth assessment of the potential of cannabinoids for the effective treatment of epilepsy. Cannabinoids are components of the cannabis plant.
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Tips for Coping with an Alcoholic Spouse

May 24 10:30am Family First Intervention
Alcoholism is rampant across the United States. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), one in every 12 adults in the country currently struggles with alcohol addiction. Even more Americans participate in binge drinking on a regular basis, meaning that the number of full-blown alcoholics is likely to keep rising. The […]...
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Keep living. Keep hoping. Keep loving.

May 23 3:41pm SOBER COURAGE
This song is by far my favorite Chris Cornell song… To me it’s about not living to the full potential that life has to offer, and being in so much fear that it is not until you are on your death-bed that you realize, finally, that you missed it all… DEAD WISHES Staring in the mirror... Read More...
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Recreational cocaine: Brain area involved in addiction activated earlier than thought

May 23 2:41pm Cocaine News -- ScienceDaily
Even among non-dependent cocaine users, cues associated with consumption of the drug lead to dopamine release in an area of the brain thought to promote compulsive use, according to researchers.
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How To Deal When Family Disapproves Of Your Relationship With An Addict Or Alcoholic

May 23 9:14am Growing Up Chaotic
Ever gone through something like this? You: You’ve decided to stay in your relationship with your alcoholic/addict someone. Your family: Doesn’t like the choice you’ve made and they’ve threatened to disown you. OUCH! Deep down you know your relationship isn’t perfect and your family has witnessed that fact over and over again. But you love […] The post How To Deal When Family Disapproves Of Your Relationship With An Addict Or Alcoholic appeared first on Growing Up Chaotic.
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Starting Your Life Over After Meth Addiction Treatment

May 23 7:31am Spiritual River Addiction Help
How can you start your life over after meth addiction treatment? What is the best way to leave an inpatient treatment, turn your life around, and start rebuilding something that actually matters to you? The truth is that if you leave inpatient rehab and just go back to the same old routines and the same […] The post Starting Your Life Over After Meth Addiction Treatment appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Oh Lord, please dont let me be misunderstood

May 22 11:04am Parent Pathway
For many of us, co-dependency developed quite naturally and innocently. We were the moms who took care of others when they couldn’t care for themselves. We unselfishly did the work that others didn’t want do, picked up the pieces that others dropped. We are the fixers, the rocks, and when we are sometimes blamed for having […]...
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Moderate drinking may not ward off heart disease

May 22 8:08am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Many people believe that having a glass of wine with dinner -- or moderately drinking any kind of alcohol -- will protect them from heart disease. But a hard look at the evidence finds little support for that. That's the conclusion of a new research review in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
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Peers back minimum price per alcohol unit if Scotland scheme works

May 22 2:00am A hangover free life
This was in The Guardian in April: Introduction of 50p base rate should go ahead if it is shown to reduce excessive drinking, says Lords select committee peers. Minimum unit pricing for alcohol should be introduced across the UK if it proves a success in Scotland, a Lords committee has said. If the decision to … Continue reading Peers back minimum price per alcohol unit if Scotland scheme works → The post Peers back minimum price per alcohol unit if Scotland scheme works appeared first on A hangover free life.
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Hostile Attitudes and the Stigma of Drug Addiction Continues

May 21 3:28pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
The stigma towards drug addiction and alcoholism still exists, though in some ways it has gotten a bit better over the years. But the problem is that we are still not at a place as a society where people feel comfortable enough to come forward and get the help that they truly need. CBS Local […] The post Hostile Attitudes and the Stigma of Drug Addiction Continues appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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A Business Approach to Treating Addiction?

May 21 7:27am Spiritual River Addiction Help
Do we really understand the best way to treat drug addiction and alcoholism? For the last hundred years or so we have been using the 12 step model fairly consistently, but the results that this produces for those who are struggling are not always the best outcomes. Could we be doing more through some careful […] The post A Business Approach to Treating Addiction? appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Unlocking Your True Potential in Long Term Sobriety

May 20 3:25pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
How do you unlock your true potential in long term sobriety from alcoholism? How do you take a struggling drug addict and, not only get them clean and sober, but also get to a point where that person is thriving, helping other people, and generally being a productive member of society? There are a couple […] The post Unlocking Your True Potential in Long Term Sobriety appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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New Resource on Supervision of Peer Recovery Support Services

May 20 10:39am William L. White | Blog
Peer-based recovery support services (P-BRSS) have grown exponentially in recent years as an adjunct, and in some cases, an alternative to professionally-directed addiction treatment. P-BRSS are also being integrated within allied human services, primary health care, the child welfare system, the criminal justice system, and managed behavioral healthcare organizations.  Reviews of the research to date(……)...
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Why Fighting for Control of Your Addiction has Failed You

May 20 7:24am Spiritual River Addiction Help
Why does the struggling alcoholic continuously relapse and drink again? Why does the drug addict try so hard to regulate their using, but end up going way overboard and overdosing? Why can’t addicts control their addiction? What is stopping them from achieving this? Somewhere in the brain is a switch, and it has to do […] The post Why Fighting for Control of Your Addiction has Failed You appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Sober Friday Jukebox: STAIR-way to heaven

May 19 2:00pm A hangover free life
So it feels like all the reading I’ve done of late has been heading to this point.  I recently received an email from Mind the Brain about Complex PTSD, STAIR and social ecology that you can read here. STAIR is the acronym for Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation.  It’s a training programme that … Continue reading Sober Friday Jukebox: STAIR-way to heaven → The post Sober Friday Jukebox: STAIR-way to heaven appeared first on A hangover free life.
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Ask the Expert: Does my daughter want me to help or to leave her alone?

May 19 11:00am Parent Pathway
Your question: How do I know if my daughter is crying out for help or is really just pushing me away? My daughter is 23 and has had emotional issues dating back to her early teens. When she went off to college, she turned to drugs for self medicating. Our family has been dealing with […]...
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Unlocking the Key to Your Sobriety Journey

May 19 7:23am Spiritual River Addiction Help
How do you unlock the key to your sobriety journey? Well, it all begins with the simple concept of surrender. I say “simple” rather than “easy” because it can take a person several years or even decades of misery and chaos before they finally become willing to surrender to a new solution in their life. […] The post Unlocking the Key to Your Sobriety Journey appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Why You Struggle to Remain Clean and Sober Long Term

May 19 7:20am Spiritual River Addiction Help
The reason that anyone struggles to stay clean and sober in the long run is simple: They failed to surrender. That is the one thing that has to happen in order for you to live a successful life in recovery. Everything else is just details. Now I will admit that some of those details are […] The post Why You Struggle to Remain Clean and Sober Long Term appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Epigenetics takes center stage with this years Addiction Science Awards

May 19 3:00am NIDA News
A project applying the science of epigenetics to demonstrate the health dangers of hookah smoke won a first-place Addiction Science Award at the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)—the world’s largest science competition for high school students. The awards are coordinated...
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Is Methadone a Viable Option for Opiate Addiction?

May 18 7:19pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
The idea behind using methadone for opiate addiction is that of harm reduction. In other words, we know that methadone is a powerful opiate drug, just like heroin or other certain prescription pain pills. The difference with methadone, however, is that it is a controlled and regulated substance that can be given out as part […] The post Is Methadone a Viable Option for Opiate Addiction? appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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How does an Alcohol Detox Program Help You to Remain Sober?

May 18 6:17pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
In order to remain clean and sober you first have to get your body detoxified from drugs and alcohol. Without going through a medical detox program it is very difficult for the average alcoholic to even get started on recovery at all. While it generally does not work to relocate just for the purpose of […] The post How does an Alcohol Detox Program Help You to Remain Sober? appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Finding Peace and Serenity in Addiction Recovery

May 18 3:22pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
What is the secret to finding peace and serenity in addiction recovery? One of the things that you need to learn about recovery is that it involves lots of work in terms of personal growth. Now here is the counter-intuitive part about all of this: Getting honest with yourself and then doing the hard work […] The post Finding Peace and Serenity in Addiction Recovery appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Customized, frequent emails show promise in tobacco cessation

May 18 2:38pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Smokers who received frequent, tailored emails with quitting tips, motivational messages, and social support had cessation rates rivaling that of the most effective medication available for cessation.
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Invitation to Participate in a Family Life in Recovery Survey

May 18 9:52am William L. White | Blog
The prevalence, pathways, processes, stages, and styles of long-term addiction recovery for individuals is slowly being revealed through the accumulation of scientific studies, but the parallel processes of family recovery remain in the scientific shadows. An important new study by two UK colleagues seeks to shed light on the recovery experience of addiction-affected families.  Below(……)...
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The importance of self care

May 17 9:47pm Blog – Veronica Valli
You know self-care is important, right? I mean, it’s on your to-do list and just as soon as you get everything done, you’ll take care of yourself. So why does self-care always seem to be at the bottom of the list? I’m a therapist, so I totally get it, I know I need to take […] The post The importance of self care appeared first on Veronica Valli.
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Pain linked to non-medical prescription opioid use in young adults

May 17 5:44pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Physical pain -- often self-medicated without help from healthcare professionals -- is an important contributor to non-medical prescription opioid (NMPO) use by young adults.
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Why You Need Inpatient Treatment and Possibly Suboxone to Kick Your Heroin Addiction

May 17 5:16pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
Anyone who is struggling with opiate addiction, be it heroin or vicodin or oxycontin or something else, should strongly consider going to inpatient treatment. Why? Because if they are a struggling addict then the progression of their disease is only going to create more and more chaos and misery for them. Their only real hope […] The post Why You Need Inpatient Treatment and Possibly Suboxone to Kick Your Heroin Addiction appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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THE LAW OF ATTRACTION

May 17 3:16pm SOBER COURAGE
Law of attraction (New Thought)  from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia In the New Thought philosophy, the law of attraction is the belief that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life. The belief is based on the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from... Read More...
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How the Brain Becomes Addicted to the Smartphone

May 17 3:14pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
It is easy to get addicted to your smartphone these days, especially if you are involved with any sort of social media. How does this happen? And perhaps more importantly, why is it happening? Also–it isn’t exactly good for us, is it? CBS Local says that “when we put our phones down, the brain signals […] The post How the Brain Becomes Addicted to the Smartphone appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Whats it feel like after detox, and how to move on?

May 17 11:00am Parent Pathway
When your loved one first emerges from detox, he or she will be very raw, hurting, angry, and more. Detox essentially rips the band-aid off of whatever they’ve been doing to self-medicate themselves or to navigate through life in a way that is manageable to them. Now they are out in the open, with nerves fully […]...
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Marriage After Sobriety | Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT

May 17 10:12am BreakingTheCycles.com
Marriage after sobriety can be a rocky time. Both partners feel vulnerable as they transition into their “new” relationship. To help couples during this time, Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT, shares the following post. To read her longer version, please click here. Darlene is the author of Codependency for Dummies and Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You, […] Author information Guest Author The post Marriage After Sobriety | Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT appeared first on BreakingTheCycles.com.
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A third of high school students ride with drivers who have been drinking

May 17 10:11am Marijuana News -- ScienceDaily
One in three high school students reports riding with a driver who has been drinking, while nearly one in five was in a car where the driver had consumed marijuana, according to a new study.
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Dont Wait: Reasons to Seek Treatment Right After an Intervention

May 17 10:00am Family First Intervention
Millions of Americans are currently grappling with a substance use disorder, but just a fraction of these individuals actually make it to treatment for their addiction. The country’s abysmal treatment gap reflects the need for the friends and family of addicts to take a more active approach toward getting help for their loved ones. One […]...
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Can we Successfully Treat Heroin Addiction with Marijuana?

May 16 3:12pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
The hot new idea in the addiction treatment industry is to treat all sorts of addictions by putting people on medical marijuana. I believe that this is being tested with a variety of different addictions, to include things such as alcoholism and opiate addiction. So the idea is pretty simple: Give people access to medical […] The post Can we Successfully Treat Heroin Addiction with Marijuana? appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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How to accurately assess use of new psychoactive drugs such as 'bath salts'

May 16 10:47am Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Researchers surveyed individuals entering NYC EDM parties about their drug usage, with almost one out of ten participants who reported no 'bath salt' use as per the gate question then reported use of one or more drugs in this class, such as methylone, providing evidence of under-reporting.
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What To Do When You Resent The Alcoholic Or Addict In Your Life

May 16 8:53am Growing Up Chaotic
As loved ones of addicts and alcoholics we’ve got a lot of sh*t to handle. And sometimes it can feel unfair. When we have to take time out of our lives to learn how to detach, set boundaries and cope with the self-destructive choices our loved ones make, over and over again, it’s enough to […] The post What To Do When You Resent The Alcoholic Or Addict In Your Life appeared first on Growing Up Chaotic.
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Troubling New Directions in U.S. Drug Policy

May 16 8:34am William L. White | Blog
Recovery advocates around the country are deeply concerned about what appear to be troubling regressions in U.S. drug policies under the new presidential administration. My concerns, briefly summarized below, expand on a blog I posted earlier this month that generated considerable interest among my readers. When alarm was raised on the 2016 presidential campaign trail(……)...
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Nonprescription use of Ritalin linked to adverse side effects, study finds

May 15 3:48pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
New research has explored the potential side effects of the stimulant drug Ritalin on those without ADHD showed changes in brain chemistry associated with risk-taking behavior, sleep disruption and other undesirable effects.
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Why Drug Rehab is Critical for Your Success in Recovery

May 15 3:10pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
If you have struggled with drug or alcohol addiction at all and you feel as if your situation is hopeless then you are a perfect candidate for inpatient treatment. Going to a 28 day drug or alcohol rehab facility is the perfect solution to your problem. Yes, there are people who go to treatment and […] The post Why Drug Rehab is Critical for Your Success in Recovery appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Should we expect Relapse when our loved ones get Rehabilitation for chemical dependency?

May 15 12:29pm Parent Pathway
When my son entered a 12-Step rehabilitation program after 19 months of using, I was naively thinking 30 days and he’d be back to normal. There was just no way he would use again, it was such a waste of his young years, and surely he saw this. Well, not only did he relapse WHILE […]...
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Trying new marijuana products and edibles is associated with unexpected highs

May 15 12:22pm Marijuana News -- ScienceDaily
Unexpected highs are a consequence of using new marijuana products and edibles, products that have flooded the marijuana market since legalization of recreational marijuana use.
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Where you live may impact how much you drink

May 15 12:22pm Addiction News -- ScienceDaily
Neighborhoods with greater poverty and disorganization may play a greater role in problem drinking than the availability of bars and stores that sell hard liquor, a new study has found.
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What will mental health look like under the Trump administration?

May 15 6:30am Addiction & Recovery News
This will be interesting to watch. President Trump’s pick to run federal mental health services has called for a bold reordering of priorities — shifting money away from education and support services and toward a more aggressive treatment of patients … Continue reading →...
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Alcohol Pricing

May 15 2:00am A hangover free life
An excellent blog post from Alcohol Policy UK discussing the Institute of Alcohol Studies updated fact sheet on alcohol pricing published in March. Over to James: The Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) have updated its factsheet on alcohol pricing as health groups seek to continue highlighting the importance of price in addressing alcohol harms. Download … Continue reading Alcohol Pricing → The post Alcohol Pricing appeared first on A hangover free life.
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Recovery from Addiction Explained with One Simple Concept

May 14 3:09pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction can be explained entirely in terms of one thing: Surrender. That is the one fundamental concept on which all of addiction recovery hinges. With total and complete surrender, a new life in recovery becomes possible for the struggling addict or alcoholic. Without real surrender, no meaningful change is possible. […] The post Recovery from Addiction Explained with One Simple Concept appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Recovery Celebrities?

May 14 8:32am Addiction & Recovery News
Bill White has a great post on anonymity and advocacy. He examines the changing cultural context for anonymity and the different functions of anonymity. On anonymity as a spiritual principle: When AA literature speaks of anonymity as a “spiritual principle,” it does so out of a profound understanding of the importance of self-transcendence as the […] Continue reading →...
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Is a 28 Program Long Enough to Turn Your Life Around in Recovery?

May 13 3:07pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
Is a 28 day treatment program really long enough to turn your life around in addiction recovery? Is it reasonable to expect for a struggling addict or alcoholic to check into a rehab facility, stay there for 28 days, and never touch a drink or a drug again for the rest of their life? Some […] The post Is a 28 Program Long Enough to Turn Your Life Around in Recovery? appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Your Best Plan for Long Term Sobriety Following Inpatient Rehab

May 12 3:07pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
What is your best plan for long term sobriety following a stay at an inpatient drug or alcohol rehab? How should you plan your life so that you succeed post-treatment? What are the secrets to success when you leave rehab and have to face the real world again? Let’s start with a basic suggestion that […] The post Your Best Plan for Long Term Sobriety Following Inpatient Rehab appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Being a Sober Mom Is the Greatest Gift

May 12 3:05pm SOBER COURAGE
Many people continue to believe that alcohol addiction is a character flaw or a weakness in a person. They may believe that the alcoholic simply cannot hold their booze and should just stop! But there are many factors as to why a person continues to use despite the negative consequences. This seems to be more... Read More...
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What it Takes to Overcome a Serious Alcohol or Drug Addiction

May 12 3:04pm Spiritual River Addiction Help
What does it take to overcome a serious drug or alcohol addiction? What is it that separates those who succeed in addiction recovery versus those who continuously relapse and fail? In order to beat any serious drug or alcohol addiction the person must first surrender completely to the fact that they have a real problem. […] The post What it Takes to Overcome a Serious Alcohol or Drug Addiction appeared first on Spiritual River Addiction Help.
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Hi My name is Lou, and Im a recovering emotophobic

May 12 2:00pm A hangover free life
So this was another new word to me that I heard recently – emotophobia meaning to be emotophobic.  Not to be confused with emetophobic, the fear of being sick! What is emotophobia?  It is the fear of negative emotion; i.e. a fear of expressing anger, frustration or disapproval. I am a recovering emotophobic because I … Continue reading Hi My name is Lou, and I’m a recovering emotophobic → The post Hi My name is Lou, and I’m a recovering emotophobic appeared first on A hangover free life.
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Why is it shameful to be the parent of a drug addict?

May 12 11:30am Parent Pathway
This is an “encore” post from Eliza Our children’s substance abuse creates such isolation for beloved addicts and parents alike. It feels like others cannot possibly relate to our struggles as parents of addicts unless they, too, have been hunkered down in the trenches of fear, anger and shame. But I have great hope that […]...
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