For years proponents of legalized marijuana have claimed that, unlike other illicit drugs, marijuana is not addictive. The general thinking of medical experts is now swinging in the opposite direction, in favor of recognizing marijuana as addictive. Part of that change of mind has to do with research conducted in 2012 which showed that giving […]
Teens struggling with drug addiction may experience a variety of physical effects, as well as social consequences. Students may face difficulties as relationships deteriorate with teachers and parents as those disapproving of their choices make their opinions known. In addition, social circles can be significantly impacted as friends making different choices distance themselves from a […]
“…Geographical cures are only temporary; mine lasted a little less than a year. After about ten months or so, I slowly started to slide back into my old patterns.” (Alcoholics Anonymous, 323) If only things were different, we think, then we’d surely be different. If only we’d had a better upbringing, a more functional family, […]
“The deception of others is nearly always rooted in the deception of ourselves.” (Grapevine, August, 1961) How often have you sworn off your drug of choice only to pick it up moments or hours later with a new found explanation for doing so? How often have you convinced yourself that your actions were right, even […]
Everyone knows that human beings are not perfect. Why, then, should we find it so difficult to comprehend that imperfections do not mean that we are a failure? For the average person who is not in recovery, learning how to live with imperfections may be something that isn’t all that much of a problem. But for those […]
It has happened to every addict in recovery. You join a fellowship and begin to make friends among the members. You find the people whom you really respect and seek to emulate their Twelve Step lifestyle. You begin walking through life together. You develop deep, life-changing bonds. You experience authentic relationships unencumbered by food, alcohol, […]
What are Club Drugs? Club drugs are substances often used by people partying in bars, nightclubs, dance clubs, and at concerts and raves. They are used by people of all ages in conjunction with sexual activity. Common club drugs are GHB (G, soap, Grievous Bodily Harm), Ketamine (K, Special K, Vitamin K), MDMA (Ecstasy, X, […]
A new study conducted at Western University in Canada sounds eerily reminiscent of a Hollywood movie. Moviegoers may recall a Jim Carrey film called The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in which characters have the option to completely erase memories which are painful.
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 […]
Looking through old photo albums may be a favorite pastime for families, but dwelling on the past is anything but beneficial for anyone who’s attempting to build a new life in recovery. In fact, it’s more than disadvantageous. Romancing the past is actually a dangerous practice in recovery.