Alcohol and Pregnancy Don't Mix It would seem that “everyone knows” that you should never drink alcohol while pregnant. There are usually three reasons a woman will drink alcohol while she is pregnant. The first is that she is an alcoholic and cannot or will not control her drinking. The second is that she does … Continue reading The Dangers Of Alcohol To Pregnancy
The Real Danger of Addiction in Teens It is a story told far too often. A teenager has a bright future. He gets good grades, has plenty of friends and begins thinking about colleges and scholarships. He goes to a high school party one night, where his peers are experimenting with drugs, like heroin and … Continue reading Teen Addiction: More Dangerous Than You Might Think
Of course, nobody actually receives a book of life when they are children, but most children have no problem making the right decisions. I believe that we are all born with the ability to recognize what is right and wrong, but the ultimate decision is up to the individual. As we grow up and suffer negative consequences for making the wrong decisions, we often learn from our mistakes.
Dual diagnosis is a term used when a person has a mood disorder such as depression or anxiety alongside a problem with alcohol or drugs. So, going back to the analogy of having a headache, people suffering from dual diagnosis will use drugs to mask the symptoms of their mood disorders, which in turn causes more harm.
Active drug addicts can be summed up in just a few words: ripping and running, neglecting responsibilities, lying, stealing, cheating, and virtually a giant tornado damaging everyone and everything around them. However, if these same drug addicts sober up and dedicate their lives to a program of recovery, their new lives can be explained in … Continue reading The Hardest Obstacles of Recovery
The Celebrate Recovery versus Alcoholics Anonymous discussion When I originally wrote about Celebrate recovery, almost two years ago it was enjoyed by some, but not a "popular" article. What has blown my mind is the comment section. It has taken on a life of its own. So it only made sense, to pull it out, … Continue reading Is “Celebrate Recovery” A Good Alternative to 12-Step Programs?
Sober Party Tips Don't bring a bottle of wine over to your newly sober friend's house, when they invite you to dinner. I am just being silly -- everyone has their own comfort level. Some people don't allow alcohol or drugs anywhere near them, others don't care at all. In general, it's always safe to … Continue reading Sober Christmas, New Year and Celebrations
Going away to rehab can be a very stressful experience. There is the prospect of leaving your home for an undetermined period of time, the unknown of what is to come and you are away from all of the creature comforts you have grown accustomed to. There is also the list of common reasons that … Continue reading What You Really Need to Pack for Rehab
I feel that sometimes the fellowship in recovery doesn’t get the credit it is due. Sometimes you go meetings and you will hear someone say that fellowship will not keep you sober and that the fellowship and the program are two very different things. I even heard someone say in a meeting that they didn’t … Continue reading Your Friends In Sobriety Can Make or Break You
I’d like to start this off with the disclaimer that I am not an expert on relapses or what goes into making one, but rather I am just going to share what I have noticed in my time in sobriety. Being sober for a little while now I have noticed different patterns in relapses depending … Continue reading The Reasons That People Relapse