A New Perspective on Isolation and Addiction

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Studies researching isolation and addiction have made an interesting connection about the nature of substance abuse. In writing The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think; author Johann Hari pulls from research and his own analysis of addiction to make conclusions about addiction…

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Making the Choice for Addiction Recovery

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If you have a loved one who is suffering from addiction to drugs or alcohol, you probably wonder why he or she refuses to make the choice for addiction recovery, when recovery is so clearly indicated. Or why does he decide to drive drunk? Why does she choose to forego…

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Recovery Needs To Be Top Priority to Avoid Relapse

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“First things first” is a simple slogan, but it takes practice for a recovering alcoholic or addict to learn how to set priorities. When someone is actively abusing alcohol or drugs, those substances are the priority. Substance abusers spend the majority of their time either thinking about drinking and using,…

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Embracing the Mess and Accepting Recovery

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It is natural for people today to be proud, confident, and self-sufficient. We don’t like to admit our mistakes, and we certainly don’t like to ask others for help. Most people in our society find it very difficult to let others in to see the mess in their lives. When…

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Difference Between Drug Users and Abusers

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What’s the difference between a so-called recreational user and a drug abuser? Is there a gray area between them, or is there a clear boundary—a threshold beyond which lies addiction? One thing is fairly certain—for the future addict, that boundary is a moving target, always somewhere ahead in the distance,…

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Breaking the Cycle of Addiction

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If you or someone you love has ever dealt with substance abuse or chemical dependency first-hand, then you probably are familiar with the cycle of addiction. For many addicts and alcoholics, it’s beyond their ability to recognize the cycle. When you add the physical aspects of addiction to the equation,…

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The Dangers of Isolation to the Addict in Recovery

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Isolation and addiction go hand in hand. Drug users and alcoholics usually start out enjoying each other’s company, often when young, sharing in a community of users experimenting and having fun. As the usage continues, the “community” gets smaller, more hard-core, until finally, the addict finds himself or herself using…

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What Are the Struggles in Early Recovery?

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To be able to maintain sobriety in recovery there are some changes that need to be accepted and made. In early recovery, you are learning to readjust to live life without any mind-altering substances; with change, there are some vulnerabilities that are created that can lead to relapse. Emotions Those…

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