dealing with illness while in recovery from addiction

Dealing with illness while in recovery from addiction is no picnic, especially for newly sober individuals whose memories of using and drinking to numb and escape are still vivid. In fact, the onset of cold- and flu-like symptoms is enough to trigger flashbacks to those in recovery from addiction, particularly individuals whose drugs of choice…

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how can I enjoy the Super Bowl sober?

The biggest sports event of the year is less than two weeks away, and for football fans in early recovery, a single question looms large: How can I enjoy the Super Bowl sober? To be clear, safeguarding sobriety is a decision everyone in recovery has to make, regardless of how long they’ve been clean and…

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inpatient vs. outpatient addiction treatment

After an addict or an alcoholic decides to do something about his or her problem, the most important question they’ll need to answer is this: Is residential inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment a better choice? Let’s face it: Making the decision to get help, while never easy, is just the beginning of the process. Like…

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definition of insanity

Call it a cliché, an old saw, a euphemism or a witticism, it’s still applicable in describing addiction and alcoholism: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Around the rooms of recovery, it’s most commonly heard in the 12 Step program Narcotics Anonymous. In the Basic…

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staying sober

Everyone who spends some time in a drug and alcohol treatment center faces a moment of truth after leaving: Will I be able to stay sober? The short answer is a simple one: Yes, if you want to stay sober. While relapse is certainly a concern — “there is evidence that approximately 90 percent of…

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