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TAKING SUGGESTION

January 5, 2016

When I began my life in sobriety, I was ashamed and worried about what the people around me would think.  Eventually, I became comfortable with my sobriety, and in turn I became more open about the fact that I was in recovery.  I found that most, if not all, the people that I knew were…

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LONG WAY HOME: REST IN PEACE SCOTT WEILAND

December 30, 2015

Scott Weiland’s music provided the soundtrack to my teenage angst and my post-teen hopefulness. He will always have a place in my heart. Coming up as an angst-filled teen in the late ‘90s, grunge and alternative rock were a regular staple in my musical diet. I remember being around 11 years old when I discovered…

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THE IRONY OF SELFISHNESS

December 30, 2015

Addiction is a selfish disease. Addiction is indiscriminate in its victims. Like a tidal wave it appears, often without warning or provocation, and destroys everything in its path, leaving its victims bewildered and never quite the same. This indiscriminate disease is also a selfish one. Important for us to remember as it is, the fact…

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WHY ARE SOME PEOPLE MORE VULNERABLE TO ADDICTION THAN OTHERS?

December 29, 2015

We still don’t get it right when it comes to understanding addiction. The most recent example of our failure to appreciate what makes addictive behavior so compelling is the burgeoning widespread addiction to the synthetic opiate oxycodone—with all of its tragic consequences. We keep reacting as if the problem is the potency of the drug…

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THE ROLE OF MODERN SCIENCE IN ADDICTION TREATMENT

December 22, 2015

At A Better Life Recovery, we believe that the gifts and skills of modern science can contribute significantly to the 12-step process of spiritual transformation. Introduction Recently there have been some Tweets and other opinions from folks out there on the Internet who believe that traditional addiction treatment is ineffective. They often point to high…

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HOW I LEARNED TO RESIST FAMILY TRIGGERS DURING THE HOLIDAYS

December 15, 2015

By Erica Troiani 12/08/15 Through trial and error, I’ve learned how to apply ACOA to the two most primary triggers. It’s a common refrain every year during the holidays: Dealing with your family, particularly parents, can be a real nightmare. There’s the usual concerns. Will they talk to you like you’re still 12? How long until your…

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VIVITROL NOW RECOMMENDED FOR ALL CLIENTS

December 7, 2015

  WHAT IS VIVITROL? “…VIVITROL IS A VALUABLE ADDITION TO THE RECOVERY TOOLBOX, ALONG WITH METHADONE AND BUPRENORPHINE…MEDICAL RESEARCH UNEQUIVOCALLY SHOWS THAT MOST INDIVIDUALS ADDICTED TO OPIATES REQUIRE SOME FORM OF MEDICATION TO RECOVER FROM THEIR ADDICTION, A CHRONIC BRAIN DISEASE…VIVITROL, LIKE ANY OTHER MEDICATION FOR OPIOID DEPENDENCE, MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A FIRM COMMITMENT…

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HONESTY, INTEGRITY, AND OPEN MINDEDNESS

December 2, 2015

From time to time, I like to reflect on the changes I have made to myself that have made my sobriety so much more rewarding.  When I was in my addiction, I did not practice honesty or integrity, and I had been unknowingly very close minded. I thought open mindedness had to do with not…

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THE SCIENCE OF ADDICTION: DRUGS, BRAINS, AND BEHAVIOR

November 30, 2015

Two NIH institutes — the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) — have joined with HBO to reveal startling new advances in the fight against alcohol and other drug addiction. The personal and family tragedies related to addiction are heartrending and, quite often, desperate. The…

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ADDICTION: THE DISEASE THAT LIES

November 30, 2015

Whenever someone with addiction dies, I grieve the lost potential and wonder about the limitations of our ability to address this cunning, baffling and powerful disease. I am also humbled by my own experience with addiction and recovery, and grateful for the help I received. It seems nearly impossible to believe that people with addiction…

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THE DRUG POLICY REFORM MOVEMENT WANTS TO END THE WAR ON PEOPLE

November 30, 2015

Record numbers of reformers gathered in Washington, DC, recently to explore ways to extend their growing influence far beyond drugs. “I’m Ross Ulbricht’s father,” said the gray-haired man on the stage. “Ross was arrested two years ago and convicted. He was sentenced to double life in prison a few months back and is now appealing…

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WHAT IT WAS LIKE AND WHAT IT’S LIKE NOW

November 25, 2015

My name is Jessica, and I’m an alcoholic. I was born on New Year’s Eve 1985 in Philadelphia, PA. For all intents and purposes, I grew up as an only child, I have 3 half siblings, one of which I never lived with, and only lived with the others for brief periods. My parents were…

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