What Happens To Your Body When You Blackout?

A 2002 study from Duke University suggested that about half the students at that university reported having at least one alcohol-induced blackout during which they lost time.2014 data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration revealed that...

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Self Esteem

I have been passionate about self esteem my whole life. I truly believe it was a topic I was interested in even before I knew the words. As a child, I believe I did not have a word for it, but I knew who was confident and who was not. I liked people that believed in...

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Make Care Available to All!

You can't force people to get help. As much as we would love to think we can, the only time someone is going to get help is when they decide for themselves they are ready. In the meantime, we continue to suffer. We continue to watch them slowly kill themselves. We...

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The Importance of Pain

About 300 million pain prescriptions were written in 2015. The pain industry is a 24 billion dollar market devoted to masking and reducing pain. The fear of pain is a primal instinct, and since we understood our senses we have been programmed to avoid pain. However...

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Functional Alcoholic

When you’re asked to describe what an alcoholic looks like, you’d most likely describe a typical homeless person with dirty clothes, hasn’t showered in a few days, disheveled hair, maybe a scraggly beard, can’t hold a job and has legal issues. But 20% of alcoholics...

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Sober or a Dry Drunk?

Addiction is a deep seeded, progressive and chronic disease. It impacts every aspect of an individual’s life, physically, mentally, emotionally and more. But quitting is only the first step. Sustained recovery is a multifaceted process that goes far beyond abstaining...

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Finding Hope

Being in the throes of addiction can feel like a hole so deep that you could never climb out and taking the first step to get help is the hardest step to take. The first stages of recovery can be dark, depressing and confusing, which is why finding hope is so...

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Rock Bottom

It's difficult to define a subjective term like rock bottom because it's different for everyone, but anyone who is close to addiction knows about this concept. The longer an addict continues to use, the more damage they will inevitably do to their lives, rock bottom...

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Loving an Addict

Loving an addict can be one of the most difficult and gut wrenching experiences in life. You love someone more than they love themselves. You worry more than they do. You find yourself more invested in their recovery than they are. To top it all off… you can see the...

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Warning Signs of Drug and/or Alcohol Abuse

Do you suspect that your child is abusing drugs and/or alcohol? Unfortunately, children don't come with user manuals.  While there are thousands of books and articles that have been written about raising children, there is no iron clad formula for perfection.  You do...

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