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Is Sugar Really the Gateway Drug to Substance Abuse?

If you are in recovery for an addiction, the title question may seem annoying, or a bit after-the-fact, like spilt milk. However, studies, like Princeton University conducted in 2008: Evidence for Sugar Addiction: Behavioral and Neurochemical Effects of Intermittent, Excessive Sugar Intake, found sugar met the benchmark usually determined when labelling a drug. The authorsRead More

6 Tips to Prevent Relapse

You will hear in 12-Step programs that relapse is a part of recovery. Relapse certainly does not have to be a part of recovery, if you are able to implement a few recovery tools into your program. Practice using your recovery tools. Schools practice the method of having fire drills to prevent injuries and fatalities.Read More

What are Some Myths of 12-Step Programs?

Misunderstandings happen all the time within 12-Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Marijuana Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, or Debtors Anonymous. People seem to think that they know what the programs entail. Do not knock them until you try them because there a few myths that may keep people from coming.Read More

Ways to Fight Seasonal Affective Disorders

Weather and seasonal changes during the winter months, can make some people feel depressed and aloof causing them to have a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). To be diagnosed with SAD, you must have had major depression that coincides with the winter seasons for the previous two years. Symptoms for Seasonal Affective Disorder includesRead More

Why You Need to Work the Twelve Steps

12-Step programs, such as AA or NA, use the 12 Steps as the crux of their program. Initiating the change of behaviors that are brought out during addiction is a good reason to use the Steps. Drug and alcohol use may end, but addicts and alcoholics may not understand the depths of their behavior untilRead More

Why Do I Have to Work the Steps with a Sponsor?

One of the best things about 12-Step programs is that you do not HAVE to do anything. 12-Step programs are based off suggestions rather than demands. Doing what is suggested has been shown by addicts that these programs are successful if they put the work in. One of the main suggestions of the program isRead More

Tips to Reconnect with Your Family Before the Holidays

Addiction is a family disease that affects everyone that it comes in contact with. Once an addict gets sober, it is not likely that life will become automatically better without some work on themselves and the relationships that are important to them. Addicts in recovery should learn to take responsibility for their actions. By doingRead More

What is a Designer Drug?

Designer drugs are synthetic or man-made drugs that are composed in a laboratory. They are put into a category of psychoactive substances that mirror the effects of other illicit and prescription drugs, although they tend to be dangerously more potent as well as addictive due to their chemical modification. What has made designer drugs becomeRead More

Ways to Navigate Holiday a Party When You are Sober

Holiday parties are thrown throughout the month of December to celebrate the reason for the season, to deck the halls, or to jingle some bells. While these events can be fun, they can be hard to navigate when you are sober. You may associate the holidays with drinking, but you can get through them stayingRead More

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