Hiding Drinking

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Hiding Drinking – Sign of a Real Problem Many people struggling with addiction think that if they’re hiding drinking , they’re hiding their addiction. Stashes of alcohol Are you someone who hides alcohol? Do you have a bottle stashed behind the laundry soap or the cereal on the top shelf? Or perhaps you keep a flask behind the tools in the garage or shed. Maybe there are some nips in the bottom drawer of your desk at work or in your purse. We’ve heard of many ingenious methods of hiding your drinking – and maybe we even tried some of them ourselves. Do you drink alone? You mentally check out when you’re with your friends or family, because you can’t wait be alone to drink like you want to. You find yourself doing a lot of laundry or tinkering in the…

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Relapse Again. Now What?

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Relapse Again Now What? You’ve had a relapse again. Now what? The word relapse is perhaps the most ominous word in the addiction recovery vocabulary. Why? Because regardless if you have been sober one month or 20 years, relapse again is a possibility every addict or alcoholic faces. Does a relapse mean that it was all for nothing, that you’re a failure? Absolutely not! But what’s next? The Emotional Turmoil A relapse is possibly the most devastating blow to a person’s recovery. The emotional stress can seem unbearable. You’re feeling shame and guilt. You’re embarrassed. An overwhelming, gut-wrenching, all-consuming sense of failure fills you to the core. Your body aches with misery. You want to hide away from the public shaming and ridicule you are positive will follow if anyone found out. What you’re feeling is normal. It’s what you…

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My Child: Opioid Addiction?

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Does my child have opioid addiction? Of course, no parent wants to ask themselves such a painful question. Does my child have opioid addiction? To consider the possibility that their son or daughter is a drug addict is too terrible a thought for many parents. But unfortunately, that tragic reality hits home for many parents around the world today, as we are living amidst a global opioid addiction epidemic. It’s estimated that in America alone, 40 people die every day from pain killer overdose. And the opioid crisis is worsening rather than resolving, fueled in part by the Covid-19 pandemic. What exactly are opioids? In simple terms, opioids are a class of potent pain-relief medications, often referred to as opiates or narcotics. They are chemical variations or derivatives of opium originating from the poppy plant. These commonly prescribed strong drugs include…

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Ready for Rehab?

Are you Ready for Rehab?

When is it Time to go to Rehab? Today is your day! If you are tired of the destructive cycle of alcoholism or drug addiction, tired of lying, tired of regretting, and tired of just being tired – today could be your day. Today could be the day you become ready for rehab. This could be the day you begin living the life you know you were intended to live. You feel it. You know it’s there inside of you. You know that when you look in the mirror, although you see someone in pain and making daily mistakes, you know that’s not the real you. You know there is more. Despite your best efforts to stop drinking or using drugs to get clean and sober, you just can’t seem to reach it. Or at least to stay stopped. Sometimes…

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Addiction & Anxiety, Depression and other “Co-Occurring Disorders”

Co-occurring disorder

Do You Treat Co-occurring Disorders? The term co-occurring disorder replaces the terms dual disorder and dual diagnosis. This refers to an individual who has a co-existing mental illness and a substance-use disorder. Working in the addiction field, we hear the term co-occurring disorder often. We believe that addiction manifests in many ways. We also believe there is one basic body, mind, and spirit holistic solution. Mental illness is broad in scope. It ranges from acute psychosis to multiple personality disorder. Agoraphobia, transient anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD are included. There is no one cure or treatment for all diseases. Similarly, there is no one cure or treatment for all ‘mental disorders’. We have found that most people with alcoholism or addiction, also suffer from some form of co-occuring disorders or mental health issue. Most common are anxiety and/or depression. To a varying degree, they also…

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Winter Blues? Sad? Struggling with Addiction?

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Struggling with Addiction this Winter? It’s dark in the morning and dark in the afternoon. The holidays are over and spring is way off in the far too-distant future. It’s cold. This is the season when depression sets in deep. As if compulsive drug use, drug addiction, drinking alcohol and alcoholism aren’t difficult enough, this time of year makes struggling with addiction extra unbearable. Winter blues (or seasonal affective disorder, SAD), pill taking, depression, alcoholic drinking and addiction often go hand in hand. This is also an especially trying time for anyone in recovery to be prone to relapse. Dark and cold days give way to long and icy nights. For anyone recovering or suffering from alcoholism or other addiction, this time of year is fraught with the temptation to try to escape with drugs and alcohol. If this sounds familiar…

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Spending Christmas In Rehab? Yes!

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It May Be Your Best Idea Yet to Spend Christmas in Rehab! We wish you a Merry Christmas. Bah Humbug! That’s a sentiment expressed by many people at this time of year. The pressures can be unbearable for such a joyous time, even more so for addicts and alcoholics, even if they are sober in recovery. But Why? Old Wounds Cut Deep Let’s forget about the stresses of buying gifts and how much to spend and cooking and baking and finding the time to do it all. Instead, look deeper into the issues of why Christmas is such a difficult time for the active addict or alcoholic, or the clean and sober addict in recovery. Often addiction has its roots in the family. Whether your family is ‘picture perfect’, or there is some past abuse, trauma, or conflict, Christmas means…

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One Day at a Time: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Your cross to bear

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow This prose is a nice reminder to live one day at a time: There are two days in every week about which we should not worry. Two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension. One of these days is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed. We cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone. The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow. With its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise and poor performance. Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control. Tomorrow’s sun will rise, either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, but it will…

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Recovery is Addiction Freedom

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Recovery is Freedom from Addiction Addiction is about Control – Recovery is about Freedom Let us explore how recovery is addiction freedom. The desire for freedom is one of the most basic human emotions. From the beginning, young children assert themselves as independent choice makers and launch themselves into violent tantrums when their freedoms are denied or stifled. Later, in dramatic displays of sovereignty, teenagers rebel against authority at every turn. Adults are no different. What we want and value most in life is pure and simple freedom. Rightfully so, we worship it as our god-given right. And like children, we too erupt in protest when our free will is threatened. No matter the age, we want control of our lives and we have little tolerance if someone or something encroaches on them. Control This is why addiction is torturous…

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