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Losing the Shame Over My Addiction

"Aren't you ashamed of yourself?" Many of us grow up hearing those words. I know I did. In fact, the first specific incident I remember is as clear to me today as it was when it happened. I was three years old, and I had a beautiful red and white tricycle that was my pride [...]

By | 2018-05-02T17:45:00+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Losing the Shame Over My Addiction
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‘Heroin(e)’: The Women Fighting Addiction In Appalachia

Huntington, W.V. Fire Chief Jan Rader is a central figure in the Netflix documentary short Heroin(e). Rebecca Kiger/Netflix The opioid epidemic has hit Huntington, W.Va., very hard, with an overdose rate 10 times the national average. Documentary filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon chose Huntington as the setting for her short doc about America's opioid crisis, Heroin(e). It's now [...]

By | 2018-03-07T14:02:07+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Addiction and Recovery News, Recovery Blog|Comments Off on ‘Heroin(e)’: The Women Fighting Addiction In Appalachia
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Rebuilding Your Family’s Trust in Recovery

Going into recovery after any amount of time addicted to a substance can be freeing. For the first time in a long time, you're yourself again. While that often means a different version of yourself than the person who started using, it does usually mean that the people in your life are more important than [...]

By | 2018-03-06T14:23:12+00:00 March 6th, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Rebuilding Your Family’s Trust in Recovery
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6 Ways Shame Can Shape Your Life

"You should be ashamed of yourself." I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard that. I was raised on shame, and it definitely shaped my life in ways that I didn't fully understand for a very long time. It left me with this vague feeling of being flawed. Whenever I did something [...]

By | 2018-02-27T05:00:35+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on 6 Ways Shame Can Shape Your Life
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What role does genetics play in opioid addiction?

(CNN)Researchers have identified another gene that could influence the risk of opioid dependence, a new study shows, adding to the evidence that genetic factors play a crucial role in determining who develops addiction. The study, published in final form Thursday in the journal Biological Psychiatry, analyzed the genomes of more than 5,000 Americans who had been exposed to [...]

By | 2018-02-27T04:14:58+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|Addiction and Recovery News, Recovery Blog|Comments Off on What role does genetics play in opioid addiction?

The Face Of Addiction: ‘They look like you, they look like me’

At age 26, Jon Esper has been dealing with his addiction to opiates for close to a decade. He was a teenager who enjoyed what he describes as “a very privileged upbringing” when he had his first tastes of drugs – taking someone else’s prescription painkillers to get high. Check out the original post on The Oakland [...]

By | 2018-02-15T06:00:48+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Addiction and Recovery News, Recovery Blog|Comments Off on The Face Of Addiction: ‘They look like you, they look like me’
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My Depression Almost Stopped Me from Getting Sober

I was so ashamed of my anxiety and depression that I spent 20 years smoking weed just to cope with social situations. Then I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and narcotics were thrown into the mix. During the next ten years, my life slowly stopped. Once my disability payments started, I stayed home as much as [...]

By | 2018-02-15T06:01:01+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on My Depression Almost Stopped Me from Getting Sober
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How Important is Family Therapy in Recovery?

Family therapy is a term used to refer to any type of treatment intended to help a group or family unit rather than just one person. In recovery treatment, family therapy is used to rebuild relationships, help family members to recover from damage caused by addiction, and help the family to establish new hierarchal roles [...]

By | 2018-02-04T18:48:42+00:00 February 3rd, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on How Important is Family Therapy in Recovery?
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The Importance of Peers in Addiction Recovery

Recovering from a substance use disorder is a long journey. Coming out of addiction means moving past learned behaviors, battling triggers and cravings, and moving past trauma. It also means overcoming the habits and problems that led you to addiction in the first place. During this recovery period, peers can help you by offering support, [...]

By | 2018-01-25T18:53:52+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on The Importance of Peers in Addiction Recovery
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How to Catch a Cheater in a Recovery Relationship

When I met Brian, he had been sober for four years. He was honest with me from the very beginning, explaining that he was addicted to crack cocaine, so I insisted that we take things slowly, and he was fine with that. Fast forward two years later, and we had settled into what I thought [...]

By | 2018-01-16T17:48:50+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on How to Catch a Cheater in a Recovery Relationship