How to REALLY forgive yourself: #7 Steps To Take to Finding Forgiveness Within

2017-10-24T03:11:03+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Recovery|

Why So Many Are on the Frenzied Search for Forgiveness Many people who are recovering from commonly abused substances frantically search the internet for articles that answer the question, “How can I REALLY forgive myself…..NOW?” There’s a reason for this hurried need for self-forgiveness. It’s called guilt. You see, forgiveness is the only antidote to guilt. There is no other cure, remedy, or fix for guilt other than good old-fashioned forgiveness. And, chances are if [...]

Dating and Sober: How Courtship Changes (And Improves) in Recovery

2017-10-24T02:44:52+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Recovery|

Courtship changes and improves in recovery, but navigating the process can be a taunting task. You should know upfront that dating can be a complicated endeavor for people with sobriety. This is because matters of the heart are quite complicated – especially when recovery is involved. Nevertheless, finding a romantic sober relationship can be very rewarding. Here’s the straight scoop on dating in recovery, complete with some tips you can take with you as you [...]

Four Drugs That Require Medically Supervised Detox

2017-10-24T02:29:23+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Addiction Information, Recovery|

There are certain drugs you can stop taking on your own without going through a medically supervised detox. Drugs like marijuana, cocaine, and even methamphetamines do not require that you undergo a medical detox to kick your habit. Sure, quitting any one of these drugs is sure to be uncomfortable and guaranteed to make you a very unhappy camper for at least a week, but withdrawal is not life-threatening. With certain other drugs, it’s a [...]

The Ugly Truth About Benzo Abuse and Addiction

2017-10-15T01:34:58+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Addiction Information|

For over 50 years, benzos have been used to treat conditions such as anxiety, epilepsy and sleep disorders. But as prescriptions for this psychoactive drug become more and more common, so too does its abuse. America currently finds itself in the middle of a prescription drug epidemic, and benzodiazepine is playing a major part. Benzo abuse is sweeping the United States at an unprecedented rate, and it doesn’t look to be slowing down. Considering how [...]

Done Blacking Out: 5 Signs It’s Time To Finally Stop Drinking

2017-10-15T01:22:24+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Alcoholism|

Stop me if any of this sounds familiar: You’re out on the town with the girls. Before you know it, you’ve had a couple more drinks than you’d anticipated. You wake up in the morning and are immediately faced with the memories of all those embarrassing, drunken antics from the night before. Oh, and you probably have a killer headache, too. Most women who regularly consume alcohol can relate to this kind of experience. But [...]

Special K: What the Real Scoop on Abuse and Addiction to Ketamine?

2017-10-15T01:09:21+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Addiction Information|

Ketamine is one of the most commonly abused party drugs. Habit-forming and easily abused, it’s popular among recreational drug users— especially young people. Recreational use of this drug may be growing in popularity, but that doesn’t change the fact that taking ketamine carries a high risk. Alarmingly, many users are unaware of the dangers. So why are people so addicted to ketamine? Read on and find out why it’s abused: What [...]

The Truth About Female Drug Abuse Statistics

2017-09-05T21:22:33+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Addiction Information, Gender-specific treatment|

From Lindsay Lohan to Oprah Winfrey, there are dozens of famous female drug addicts that have, thankfully, overcome the effects of drugs and alcohol. There are others that have sadly passed away due to their struggles with drugs or alcohol. While these stories of addiction are difficult, they do serve as a reminder of what is important when talking about women’s issues in recovery for addiction: recovery itself. Female drug abuse statistics give us quite a [...]

6 Reasons Why Trauma and Addiction Go Together Like Barbie and Ken

2017-09-05T21:15:45+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Addiction Information|

There are no two ways around it:  trauma often leads to addiction. The trauma and addiction statistics below are shocking, but tell an important story: Seven out of ten adults in the United States have reportedly experienced a traumatic event in the past – and at least twenty percent of those who experience trauma later develop post traumatic stress disorder. Around 1 in 10 Americans are addicted to either drugs or alcohol. These numbers are surprising [...]

7 Gender Differences Between Men and Women When it Comes to Addiction

2017-09-05T21:10:15+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Addiction Information, Statistics & Research|

People tend to downplay the differences between men and women, especially with the importance of gender equality. But there is at least one area where gender differences really do play a role: substance abuse and addiction. Not only that, but there are also differences in the way men and women seek out and react to addiction treatment once they are in recovery. Simply put, there are gender differences in drug abuse. Of course, you don’t have [...]

The Astonishing Truth About Alcoholics Anonymous

2017-08-03T18:31:33+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Alcoholism|

No one was as surprised about the truth behind Alcoholics Anonymous as I was. I remember the moment I was told that I needed to go to an AA meeting. I can also remember when I was told I needed to keep going back. That wasn’t something I wanted to do at all. Alcoholics Anonymous was for people who couldn’t control their alcohol intake. It wasn’t for people like me. I knew how much I drank, [...]