addiction treatment and COVID-19

Like a thief under cover of darkness, COVID-19 has stolen from the East Tennessee addiction recovery community. At the same time it has decimated the population at large, claiming more than 170,000 American lives and infecting more than 5 million people in this country, it’s laid waste to the ties that bind those in recovery…

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H.A.L.T.

There’s an acronym recovering addicts hear early on: H.A.L.T. It stands for “Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired.” It’s a warning sign, our peers and predecessors tell us, that we need to watch out for. Addicts, especially those early in recovery, aren’t known for their stellar decision-making abilities. And when those abilities are hindered by hunger,…

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sobriety medallions

Coin, chip, key tag, medallion: “It’s not a badge of membership,” according to those distributing them at recovery meetings throughout the world, but as markers of clean time, sobriety medallions are the rabbits’ feet of those recovering from alcoholism and addiction. In 12 Step meetings, they come in various forms: predominantly, Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) groups…

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freedom from addiction

What does “freedom from addiction” truly mean? On this birthday celebration for the United States of America, that’s a question those of us in recovery should ask ourselves. Sure, we can turn to our literature, because the texts of both primary recovery fellowships discusses freedom at length. “If we are painstaking about this phase of…

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