Narcotics Anonymous Explained: What it is and Why It Works

By | 2017-12-04T17:36:42+00:00 December 7th, 2017|

Narcotics Anonymous – Helping Addicts Get Clean Since 1953 Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) is a 12-step program designed to help addicts stop using drugs and help them find a new way to live. The program happens at regularly help meetings. The program was created in 1953 by a recovering addict named Jimmy K. and founded in California with the help of other recovering addicts. N.A. was modeled after the Alcoholics Anonymous program and was born out of a need for a solution that focused not on alcohol addiction, but drug addiction. Today, there are more [...]

Which Prescription and OTC Drugs Are Just Fine to Use in Recovery?

By | 2017-11-20T05:47:14+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|

Can the prescription and OTC drugs you take REALLY play a role in successful recovery from addiction? Early in recovery, we are taught that if we want to stay sober, we may have to make wholesale lifestyle changes – avoiding the people, places, and things that may trigger a relapse into active drinking and using. Among the things we are taught to avoid are certain prescription medications and over-the-counter remedies, such as: Opioid painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin, Tramadol, etc.) Benzodiazepine tranquilizers (Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, etc.) Sleeping pills, even those that are not benzodiazepines (Ambien, [...]

Sublime: How Addiction Devastated The Band’s Rising Stars

By | 2017-11-19T00:27:09+00:00 November 18th, 2017|

It’s no great secret that drugs and rock and roll often go hand in hand. There are exceptions, of course, but many rock and roll stars end up succumbing to the disastrous effects of hard drugs at some point. Nothing paints the picture of addiction in rock stars like the story of how addiction devastated the rising stars of Sublime, one of the most popular rock acts of the mid-1990s. "It was sex, drugs and rock and roll," friend Mike Tracy says in the clip, detailing the band's downfall. "Then it was drugs and [...]

Suboxone Vs Vivitrol for Conquering Opioid Addiction: You May be Surprised by the Winner

By | 2017-11-21T19:38:30+00:00 November 17th, 2017|

Is Vivitrol, called the Anti-Addiction Shot, the “Next Big Thing” in opioid/heroin addiction treatment? A brand-new study just published in The Lancet has concluded that Vivitrol is slightly more effective at preventing relapse than Suboxone, one of the established go-to pharmaceutical options used for the treatment of a dependence on prescription opioids or heroin. During the six-month study 4% fewer patients relapsed when given Vivitrol, compared to those given Suboxone, 52% versus 56%. This is the first American research to compare the two anti-craving medications head-to-head, although a smaller Norwegian study was published in October [...]

9 Tools to Combat Bad Habits After You’ve Kicked Addiction

By | 2017-10-10T17:18:58+00:00 October 31st, 2017|

Often throughout addiction, you will also pick up some bad habits along the way. Making it past recovery was probably one of the biggest challenges you’ve ever faced. Now it’s time to tend to the bad habits that tagged along. On one hand, you may want to hold onto your bad habits as it’s something familiar. On the other hand, you know you can kick bad habits because you made it through addiction recovery. Smoking is one of the major habits that you still hold onto even though you’re past substance addiction. It is [...]

Sober Bars – The Newest Trend That We Are Crazy About

By | 2017-10-10T17:05:57+00:00 October 29th, 2017|

If you think that the phrase "sober bars" sounds like a place that exists only in a fictional TV show (This Is Us, perhaps?), it's time to discover the hot new trend for those seeking things to do other than drink on weekends. Sober Things To Do At Night Sitting at home with a can of diet soda and your cat is one way to celebrate a sober lifestyle. But if you're looking for something more than a purring pet and diet drink when it comes to your nightlife, consider [...]

How I Dropped My Two Best Friends: Shame & Guilt

By | 2017-10-10T16:50:58+00:00 October 27th, 2017|

You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging. ― Brené Brown, Shame Researcher Shame and guilt are natural. These emotions can help us reflect on and evaluate our past choices, and give us the drive to change our future ones. But rather than giving us the motivation to change, shame and guilt can also hold us back from growing as well. Sometimes the intensity of these feelings can seem so overwhelming, so insurmountable, that the emotions which are supposed to push us forward actually render us [...]

Solving the Mystery: Why Only 1 in 10 People Facing Addiction Get Help

By | 2017-10-10T16:38:37+00:00 October 25th, 2017|

It’s no secret that the United States has a drug addiction problem. What is less known, but just as important to understand, is that only one in ten people facing addiction get the help that they need to recover from addiction. In other words, the vast majority of those struggling with addiction do not receive treatment for their addiction. This is a concerning statistic, since quitting drugs or alcohol usually takes more than a strong will to kick addiction to the curb. It is interesting that about 1 in 10 people suffer from addiction [...]

Lamar Odom: Learning from his Addiction Struggles and Relapsing in the Public Eye

By | 2017-11-06T17:53:18+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|

The truth is, Lamar Odom’s journey is so familiar to the rest of us. As the NBA star highlights in his own confessional letter, there was little difference between him and any other drug addict in the United States. “At that point in my life, I was doing coke every day. Pretty much every second of free time that I had, I was doing coke. I couldn’t control it. I didn’t want to control it.” ~ Lamar Odom The difference – for better or for worse – is that Lamar Odom went through his [...]

What it Means to Really Take a Personal Inventory and Admit Our Shortcomings

By | 2017-10-09T22:01:28+00:00 October 17th, 2017|

The process for completing any Twelve Step program for addiction or alcoholism is full of many challenges. One of these is determining what it means to really take a personal inventory and admit our shortcomings. Difficult or not, self-inventory is a crucial element of addiction recovery. But what does it actually look like? Step 4 of AA as an Important Part of the Recovery Process Step Four of Alcoholics Anonymous may be just one of the Twelve Steps – but it is simultaneously one of the most crucial and most [...]

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