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Category Archives: Personal Stories

Sober, Recovering, or What?

The old models of addiction stated unequivocally that addiction is a disease. It is a progressive and fatal illness. And we are never cured. We must spend the rest of our lives living some sort of recovery regimen or we risk falling back into active substance use and abuse. There is tremendous debate these days…

Healthy Habits for Continued Recovery

We all learn regimens and programs in recovery on how to maintain our sobriety. No matter the program or treatment model we may go through, there will be some form of daily and long-term set of practices designed to help us continue our recovery. But beyond this, there are some healthy habits we can acquire…

Dealing with Relapse

Almost everyone comes to recovery, whether it is in treatment or by some other means, with the belief that the nightmare of addiction is finally over. There is the sense of relief and resolve, and with it comes some measure of hope, even if this is tempered by equal parts fear. As we move through…

Getting Through the First Days of Rehab

Getting Through the First Days of Rehab – There was a fairly large gap of time between the recognition that I needed to stop drinking and finally giving it up. For many of us with substance abuse problems, there is generally this lag between our own awareness of the problem and the final decision to…

Music & Substance Abuse

On Friday 26th of January 2018, in Melbourne, Australia. Nine music festival goers were admitted to hospital for suspected overdoses, due to drugs taken whilst partying. This led me to thinking deeply about an encounter with a young male adult, I met recently. He began to tell me about his first experience of dropping ecstasy,…