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Category Archives: Self-Help

Drugs and Alcohol – Harm Reduction

Nearly everyone involved or associated with addiction recovery agrees that abstinence is the goal for addiction recovery. People who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, their families and loved ones, and addiction treatment professionals all tend to agree that addicted people are best served by removing substances altogether. Yet, what are we to do for…

Families of People in Rehab

When it comes to talking about addiction and recovery, most of the attention is focused on the person in rehab. Yet there is an entire world of issues facing the friends, family and loved ones of the person in treatment and recovery. For those close to an addict, there can be a host of worries,…

Moderation and Myths of Moderation

The standard position of nearly all drug and alcohol rehab programs is that total abstinence is the only way to truly recover from addiction. This has been the central tenet of 12 step programs since their beginnings. It remains the primary assumption of almost all recovery programs. Most of us have heard of the Managed…

Building and Maintaining a Support System

When many think of recovery they think only of abstaining from the use of the problematic substance or stopping the problematic addictive behavior. Recovery is so much more than abstaining. Recovery is a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence, as well as wellness, improved health, and quality of life. It is long-term…

Self-Discipline in Recovery

No one likes to think about discipline but finding true happiness in life typically requires effort and persistence, otherwise known as discipline. This basically means that people must have self-discipline in order to succeed. This applies to life in general, but especially in recovery. In fact, the things that come easily are not usually satisfying….