Basics

Mental Health and Addiction

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Many people first come into treatment solely seeking relief from the consequences caused by their addiction. However, through the course of treatment it often comes to light that there are other factors that lead to the using behaviors in the first place. Recovery becomes so much more than just the ability to put down the […]

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Taking Suggestions

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It took many hard, painful, unnecessary lessons before I realized that perhaps I should follow the suggestions of others and stop trying to run the show. In my active addiction I always did whatever I wanted and was very set in my ways. Although, most all of what I was doing with my life didn’t […]

Recovery

Faith

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When I first attempted to get clean, I thought I had an issue with faith, but I was wrong.  I always associated faith with religion and thought that’s all it could be paired with.  Over the years, I have found out that I had faith all along.  I had always worshiped things such as money, […]

Recovery

Surrender

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  After many months of struggling with getting and staying clean I had a moment of clarity when I heard an old man share at a meeting, “You just have to get it through your head that you are done.  That part of your life is over and it will be much easier once you surrender.”  It took […]

Recovery

Hope

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You have completed Step 1. Take a minute to pause and appreciate your honest decision to begin your recovery. You have accepted the power of the disease and impact on your life. While some share this is a time of feeling free and enlightened, others may struggle to agree. This is where step two comes […]

Recovery

We All Have To Start Somewhere

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We all have to start somewhere. Most people who are not in recovery assume it is a simple decision that needs to be made by the person struggling with substance abuse. Whether the struggle is with alcohol, drugs or both, the first step in deciding to get sober turns out to be a lot more […]

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Honesty

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To begin, congratulations on all your endeavors within early recovery; all the seconds, minutes, hours, days, months and years that you have achieved to get to this moment. As a clinical professional specializing within the addiction field I would like to explore the principle behind step one, honesty. Honesty is the foundation to asking for […]