Transfer addiction is a term which describes the practice of substituting one addiction for another. For the person fresh on the journey of recovery, the risk of transferring compulsive behavior which once centered on drugs or alcohol for a new compulsion is all too real. Because the new behavior is something positive like exercise or [...]
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There are plenty of obstacles to be overcome on the road to recovery from drug/alcohol addiction. Some of those obstacles are outside forces. Former friendships, locations and situations can all trigger a desire to return to drug/alcohol use. Nevertheless, the strongest obstacle to your recovery dwells inside of you. Your own thoughts and actions hold [...]
The holidays are fabulous, but they are also filled with time crunches, financial pressures, travel frustrations and interpersonal stresses. Everyone is sensitive to these holiday challenges, but if you are in active addiction or even addiction recovery, you may feel more sensitive towards them than most. In many cases, it was an inability to cope [...]
“Life without idealism is empty indeed. We just hope or starve to death.” – Pearl S. Buck, American author noted for her novels of life in China, received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938 (1892-1973)
Redmond O’Neal has come a long way since he was arrested last year in Santa Monica after blazing through a red light. O’Neal recently completed a 12 month drug rehab program with the understanding that any slip-ups from here on out would result in prison time.
As any recovering addict knows, motivation to come clean is sparse. Addictions take a hold of your body, your mind and your life. They can rob you of any sense of normalcy or dignity. Freeing yourself from their tight grasp takes incredible strength and support. It also takes hope.
Raising a family is no mean feat. It takes courage, perseverance and heart. And as a recovering addict, or the family member of one, you know that addiction is its own special brand of hell. Just as raising a family takes fortitude, recovering from an addiction (be it alcohol, gambling, drugs, etc) takes its own [...]
When you imagined your future with a spouse, kids, maybe a few pets and a decent house, you probably were not thinking about the devastation that addiction was going to inflict upon this happy picture. No one plans for addiction and the damage it causes. No one chooses to become an addict. Of all the [...]
With $40 in your pocket and one-way bus ticket back to your old neighborhood, returning back home following a drug conviction can be wrought with everything from fear to uncertainty. The expectation by your friends, family, the system and society as a whole for you to be successful can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, along with that [...]
To hear the angelic notes dancing out of the mouth of Grammy-award-winning singer, Adele, you would hardly believe that her life could be anything different than her music – perfect. But Adele admits that her journey to fame was no bed of roses. In her recently published biography, the singer admits that she struggled with [...]