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Addiction Recovery

Personal Training and Addiction Recovery

By |2020-02-11T17:33:36-05:00February 1st, 2017|Aftercare, Exercising, Physical training|

Staying active is an important element to good health. For people who are stuck in the cycle of drug or alcohol abuse, physical exercise is often one of the first parts of their routine that gets neglected. Physical exercise is an important part of treatment for those who are in the early stages of recovery. [...]

The Importance of Family Support During Recovery

By |2020-02-11T17:32:32-05:00January 18th, 2017|Aftercare, Family Resource, For Families of Addicts|

Loving someone suffering from drug or alcohol addiction isn't easy, but as a family member you'll play a vital role in helping your loved one on the path to recovery. Multiple studies have shown that people with substance problems who have caring and supportive family members are less likely to relapse than those without strong [...]

Is there room at the Inn?

By |2018-10-23T19:22:37-04:00September 25th, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

People often ask us “what does faith-based mean?”  “Does it mean that you will be preaching at me?”  “Will I be welcome if I don’t participate in organized religion?” “Can you help me re-connect with my faith?” These are important questions.  In a world where all-to-often we see people seeking to impose their beliefs on [...]

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Consequences: A Critical Tool in Addiction Treatment

By |2019-09-11T17:21:39-04:00July 10th, 2013|Clinician Resource, Family Resource, For Families of Addicts|

When we acknowledge that addiction is a brain disease it becomes easier to understand that there is a battle going on inside the addict’s head.  They hear the “voice of the disease” saying that they need drugs and alcohol to cope with life, or they really don’t have a serious problem, or what they do [...]

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The Case Against Methadone, Suboxone and Other Medication-Assisted Treatments for Addiction

By |2019-09-11T16:58:02-04:00July 3rd, 2013|Heroin, The Path of Addiction Recovery|

I spend a lot of time talking to families determined to find help for a loved one who is addicted to drugs.  Inevitably the conversation includes the questions: “Aren’t there some medications that will make them stop?” “I’ve heard about Suboxone, is that the answer?” “Will Vivitrol cure my son’s addiction?” How wonderful it would [...]

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Healing Addiction to Alcohol & Drugs

By |2018-10-23T19:32:52-04:00May 23rd, 2013|Personal Growth|

A friend recently spent a few days in the hospital for knee surgery.  The doctor’s advice at the time of discharge was simple and encouraging: “Rest, take it easy for a few weeks and before you know it life will be back to normal.”  If only healing from addiction to alcohol & drugs could follow [...]

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Stations of the Cross for Addiction Recovery

By |2019-09-11T17:38:56-04:00March 20th, 2013|Spiritual Reflections|

The Stations of the Cross is a prayer that facilitates union with God through the passion of Christ. Traditionally, it is a devotion practiced largely by Catholics, particularly on Fridays during the season of Lent. Over the years we’ve come to appreciate this devotion as being far more than a simple recitation of prayers. In [...]

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

By |2019-09-11T17:00:53-04:00February 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 |2018-11-03T13:09:05-04:00January 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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