Professional medical associations, such as the American Society of Addiction Medicine and American Medical Association, define addiction as a disease just like diabetes, cancer, or heart disease. Articulating a usable definition of what “disease” actually is can be surprisingly difficult, as notions of health vary by context. Dorland’s Medical Dictionary generally defines disease as any […]
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Addiction has a stigma attached to it, causing many to blame the struggling individual for their problems and assume that they should just be able to stop using if they want to. But the effects of substance use can change the chemistry of the brain, making the task of “Just Saying No” seem inaccessible. This […]
An addict’s road to recovery can be compromised by a person who exhibits co-dependency symptoms. If you are living with an addict or a recovering one, do you have co-dependency habits that can get in the way of full recovery of a person in a womens drug rehab center in Vancouver? Here are some signs […]
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- As heroin overdose rates continue to climb in St. Louis County, experts and activists are will attend the St. Louis Heroin Summit to discuss the best way to combat this epidemic. While law enforcement and addiction experts occasionally disagree on the root causes of this problem, it is unanimously agreed […]
If you have a couple of minutes, check out Chris Budnick’s interview with Kevin McCauley. The whole conversation is great, but 24:15 to 25:50 really leapt out at me. Kevin shares his mom’s reaction to learning of his addiction and harm reduction as a “deeply humane response” to what is often perceived as a “set of unsolvable […]
The United States is in the midst of an epidemic. The small county I work in reports 3-5 calls per day for opiate related overdoses. Treatment programs from around the area have huge wait lists and people are dying every day. Experts at a recent round table discussion on the problem are predicting that it […]
Remaining sober can be especially hard during the holidays. Family gatherings, holiday parties, and other social occasions can be very difficult for someone who is in early recovery. Thoughts of past holiday occasions often bring up memories of celebratory drinking, drugs, or gambling.
Take this opportunity to celebrate not only the holidays, but also your new life of sobriety, which is something really worth celebrating. If you find yourself struggling during the holiday season, please remember that you are not alone. Help is only a phone call or meeting away! Here are some helpful and practical tips to make staying sober easier:
Plan each and every day of your holiday season: Plan to spend the majority of your time with friends and family who are supportive of your recovery.
Find a meeting in your area: Many groups have special meetings during the holidays to share their experience, strength and hope. Check the local papers for a meeting in your area.
Ask for support from family and friends: Those who are truly supportive of your recovery will be happy to help you throughout the holidays.
Have a list of ten people you can call: Make a list and check it twice. Carry your cell phone and list of names at all times.
Don’t forget about regular exercise: Regular exercise is an essential component of any balanced recovery program.
Stay away from slippery places: There is absolutely no reason to ever check out your former favorite establishments.
Create new traditions to replace your old using patterns: Buy a new board game or take the family on a sleigh ride. Use your imagination, be creative, & have fun.
Write out a daily gratitude list: The quickest cure to get you out of the holiday blues is by counting your blessings and being grateful for what you have every morning.
Volunteer your services to a charitable organization: There are many people in your community who are less fortunate than you. You will be helping not only the needy but yourself!
Write a letter to yourself – “How I stayed sober over the holidays:” The act of writing your ideas on paper is very powerful. Write down all the activities and events that will help you have healthy, happy, and sober holiday season.
Avoid H.A.L.T. (Hungry, Angry, Lonely , Tired): If you are hungry, get something to eat. If you are angry, talk to somebody about it. If you are lonely, go to a meeting or call a friend. If you are tired, get a good night’s sleep.
Live one day at a time and enjoy your sobriety: Stay in the moment and live one day at a time. Never mind about what happened or what could happen. Enjoy today. Live today. Celebrate your sobriety!