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
Drug addiction and alcoholism is a major part of American culture. As the gatekeepers of our culture Hollywood has taken notice and over the years created numerous movies centered on the topics of addiction and alcoholism. Some have played exclusively on addiction stereotypes, barely scratching the surface of this complex issue, while others have dived … Continue reading 7 Most Realistic Movies On Addiction
Dual Diagnosis by Rose Lockinger There are a number of reasons that an individual may start to use drugs or alcohol. These reasons are not mutually exclusive and a person could start using substances for one reason but continue for another. They may start due to curiosity after seeing friends or family members use substances. … Continue reading Dual Diagnosis: What Is It and How Do You Get Treatment For It?
So Many Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Myths Although an estimated 40 million Americans suffer from alcoholism or addiction it is still an often misunderstood disease. We have come a long way from the days when treatment for the alcoholic or addict consisted of strapping them to a table and waiting for withdrawals to stop, but … Continue reading Myths about Alcoholism and Drug Abuse