Sweet Melissa: Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Addiction Memoirs The best part of addiction recovery has been connecting with other people who can relate to my story. For the most part, my sobriety fellowship is found at meetings. However, I also love listening to sobriety podcasts, browsing through blogs (I guess that's kind of obvious) and reading memoirs. Reading someone's story about … Continue reading Sweet Melissa: Ignorance Is Not Bliss

What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?

TMS Offers Latest Treatment Option for Depression You have tried everything.  Searching in earnest for a cure for the depression that sidelines you on a daily basis, you have tried multiple medications and various forms of psychotherapy.  After experiencing no relief from symptoms, and having to suffer a myriad of nasty side effects from the … Continue reading What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?

Get the candid answers you need about drug and alcohol addiction

Addiction Answers Drug and alcohol addiction are confusing subjects, so you are going to have a lot of questions. Find answers to 10 of my frequently asked questions below. Can you legally force a family member into rehab? I get this question a lot. The short answer is no. However, it varies by state. In some … Continue reading Get the candid answers you need about drug and alcohol addiction

Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis: What Is It and How Do You Get Treatment For It?

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?

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9 Ways I empowered myself by someone else’s addiction

After being sober for many years, this is my Al-Anon summary. Hang with me because I am embarrassed by my lack of knowledge. There was a guy named Bill Wilson, who started an organization called Alcoholics Anonymous. He was married to a woman named Lois. This poor lady stayed by his side during his terrible drinking … Continue reading 9 Ways I empowered myself by someone else’s addiction

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How do you gamble … minus the addiction?

I have a bit of experience with gambling addiction. When I was just a few days old, I was given up for adoption. In my 20's I met my birth mother. She told me that my grandfather was a gambling addict. Now, I am not referring to the classic "he lost all the family money".  I am … Continue reading How do you gamble … minus the addiction?

Bipolar

What is Bipolar Disorder?

I never heard much about bipolar disorder until I started spending time with alcoholics. No wonder since bipolar disorder and alcoholism are often linked together. According to the Mayo Clinic, up to half the people who have bipolar disorder also struggle with alcoholism. What is bipolar disorder? Bipolar disorder is a serious brain illness. It … Continue reading What is Bipolar Disorder?

Recovery Apps

Addiction – there is an app for that.

Drug Addiction and Recovery Apps are very popular right now. There are so many to choose from -- it's easy to get overwhelmed. I rounded up a small list - the focus in on the recovery of alcoholism, addiction, eating disorders, mental illness and gambling. The Alcohol Use Predictor This app is designed to be a screening … Continue reading Addiction – there is an app for that.

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Films about mental illness and addiction

Do you like to watch movies? I do. I especially like films that I can relate to; subjects like: drugs, alcohol, mental illness and Trauma. Considering how many millions of American's suffer with substance abuse and mental illness, it’s not surprising that so many movies have been made about these topics. Leaving Las Vegas Depression, Alcoholism and … Continue reading Films about mental illness and addiction