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8 Keys to Overcoming Addiction: #7 is Avoid Assuming you are Stronger than Everyone Else

By |2021-05-09T16:53:56-04:00February 18th, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

One of the principle causes of relapse is thinking that you don’t need help, or that you can manage recovery on your own. We hear lots of people say: I understand how to manage my recovery. I don’t need a counselor or a sponsor.” Relapse begins the moment a person in recovery thinks they can [...]

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8 Keys to Overcoming Addiction: #6 is to Know the Signs of Relapse & Avoid Triggers

By |2019-09-11T17:01:09-04:00February 7th, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

There is no cure for addiction so the recovering addict or alcoholic must always be on guard against the possibility of relapse. It is very important to know the signs of relapse and take immediate steps to safeguard against temptation. Some of the big triggers are stress, exhaustion, loneliness, boredom, resentment and relationship problems. Addicts need [...]

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8 Keys to Overcoming Addiction: #5 is to Stop Enabling Addiction

By |2020-10-19T10:48:09-04:00January 31st, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

The people who love and care for those with addictions are constantly placed in the difficult position of deciding how to act. Do you challenge the alcoholic or addict to get help? Do you refuse to help them until they decide to seek treatment? Do you withdraw assistance (money, housing, car, etc.) until they take the [...]

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8 Keys to Overcoming Addiction: #4 is to Seek Effective Treatment

By |2020-10-19T10:47:11-04:00January 24th, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

Like any chronic disease, addiction needs to be treated; however, the answers do not lie in quick fixes. Overcoming addiction requires learning the tools, strategies and behaviors that enable someone to manage life without resorting to drugs or alcohol as the easy answer. Help is important, because the addicted person must learn to think, act, and [...]

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8 Keys to Overcoming Addiction: #3 is to Identify & Solve the Factors Contributing to your Addiction

By |2019-09-14T16:00:37-04:00January 17th, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

People drink and use drugs for a reason; they want to feel different. For many of them that reason is hazy when they first enter treatment. As they detox and their brains begin to heal, they are able to make the connection between life events and their pattern of drinking or using. They see that there were [...]

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8 Keys to Overcoming Addiction: #2 is to Recognize the Signs of Addiction

By |2019-09-14T15:53:53-04:00January 10th, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

The line between substance abuse and addiction is often hard to see until it has been crossed.  An individual may deny they have an addiction until the consequences are overwhelming and undeniable: a lost job, broken relationships, a DUI, financial problems, legal issues, or a serious health condition. The CAGE Test is one way to [...]

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8 Keys to Overcoming Addiction: #1 is to Accept that Addiction is a Disease

By |2020-10-19T10:46:14-04:00December 26th, 2012|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

For generations addiction was understood to be a lack of willpower.  People with this mindset believed that the addicted person chose to make bad decisions and act selfishly.  People thought recovery could be accomplished by forcing addicts to take responsibility for their actions and say “no” to their urges to drink/use. In recent decades, science [...]

Addiction Recovery Demands that you Avoid Shortcuts

By |2020-10-19T10:49:10-04:00November 27th, 2012|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

A popular TV star was recently interviewed about her decision to have radical surgery when doctors detected the early stages of a life-threatening disease. After answering several questions on the same topic, she became increasingly frustrated and interrupted the interviewer; “Why does everyone want to always take the easy road,” she asked.  “Life is not [...]

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How Long Does it Take for an Addict to Change?

By |2020-02-11T17:20:17-05:00August 17th, 2012|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

I recently received a call from the wife of an addict in recovery. She was pleased that her husband was no longer using, but frustrated that his behavior continued to reflect many of the characteristics that had been a source of pain and anger during the years of his drug addiction. How long would she [...]

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