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What Does it Mean to “Drink Yourself to Death”?

A phrase you often hear in relation to someone with a severe alcohol addiction is that “he is drinking himself to death.” It’s a curious phrase, especially since people hardly ever say that someone is smoking himself to death, even though tobacco kills far more people every year than alcohol. What does it mean toRead More

How Meditation Can Help with Recovery

It’s common these days for treatment centers to offer meditation classes. Only 20 years ago, this might have been considered a California thing–or possibly a Boston thing–but now meditation is widely accepted as an effective complement to addiction treatment. There are many different kinds of meditation. Mindfulness meditation is the most common, especially in treatment.Read More

How is Addiction Related to Eating Disorders?

There is a large overlap between addiction and eating disorders. About half of people with eating disorders abuse drugs or alcohol and about a third of people who abuse drugs and alcohol have eating disorders. The reasons for this overlap are still subject to speculation and it has only been recently experts in the fieldsRead More

How to Choose a Therapist

After treatment, it’s a good idea to continue working with a therapist on a regular basis. Most people have a trauma or mental health issue associated with their addiction and treating or managing those issues are important in recovery. 12 Step meetings are great for support and service, but they are run by regular peopleRead More

What is CBT?

CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is one of the most widely used and most effective approaches to therapy. It is based on the idea that it’s your perception of events, and not events themselves, that distress you and that by changing your perceptions, you can respond more effectively to life’s challenges. CBT isRead More

How to Interrupt a Craving

Cravings are always worse in the beginning of recovery. Not only are they more intense, they’re more frequent because you haven’t had much practice identifying and avoiding triggers. Although it’s best to avoid triggers in the first place, there will be times when you suddenly find yourself having cravings. The first thing you want toRead More

Is Connection the Opposite of Addiction?

In a widely viewed 2015 TED talk, Johann Hari publicized research by Bruce Alexander showing that the chemical dependence model is not adequate to explain addiction. In his research, Alexander showed that rats became addicted not because of the substance itself but because they were miserable. He found that rats put in a stimulating environmentRead More

Staying Sober on St. Patrick’s Day

While drinking is a common feature of most holidays, there are only few where it seems to be the main event–New Year’s Eve, Mardi Gras, and St. Patrick’s Day. When you live in certain areas, just leaving the house puts you at risk of getting drunk. If you’re in recovery, St. Patrick’s Day can beRead More

Is Ambien Addictive?

Ambien, or zolpidem, is a sleep aid marketed as a safer alternative to benzodiazepines for insomnia. Ambien may be safer than benzodiazepines, but it is still addictive. Physical dependence can form in as little as two weeks of regular use. Once dependence forms, people find that they are unable to sleep without it. Often, theirRead More