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How to Keep Yourself Accountable in Addiction Recovery

Accountability is important in recovery. If addiction has taught you anything, it’s that willpower alone doesn’t count for much. Willpower helps, to be sure, but it’s more of a stopgap than a long-term plan. Having a plan for recovery entails having some form of accountability. Ideally, you will have several levels of accountability, just toRead More

Why is Mixing Cocaine and Alcohol So Dangerous?

Cocaine and alcohol is a common combination. People often drink a bit, get tired, then do a bit of cocaine to bring them up and keep them going. On the other hand, drinking enhances the effect of the cocaine. Unfortunately, combining alcohol and cocaine is far more dangerous than using either substance alone. First, usingRead More

Why Acceptance is Important for Recovery

Acceptance is one of the most important skills to learn in recovery. Acceptance is the opposite of denial. Denial is refusing to acknowledge reality. No one refuses to accept good things. No one goes into denial over finding a parking space by the door or discovering her crush likes her too. Denial is for allRead More

Why Share at 12-step Meetings?

Sharing at 12-step meetings is an important part of recovery. While you can get some benefit from just attending meetings and listening, you will get more benefit if you share too. While it’s understandable to feel hesitant, especially at first, there are several reasons for you to pluck up the nerve to say your piece.Read More

What is a Victim Mentality?

A victim mentality is the belief that bad things are always happening to you through no fault of your own. This is common in addiction and recovery for several reasons. First, people who struggle with addiction have often been victims of trauma. Many addictions are driven by childhood abuse or neglect and many more areRead More

Alcohol Doesn’t Kill Brain Cells But It Does Strip the Wires

A persistent myth about alcohol is that it kills brain cells. For the most part, this isn’t true. Decades of alcohol abuse may cause Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, which may cause cell death, but Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is caused by thiamine deficiency. Alcohol causes poor absorption of thiamine, but it doesn’t directly kill brain cells. Alcohol can alsoRead More

What’s the Difference Between a Desire and a Craving?

At a basic level, a craving is an intense desire. Not only do you want something, but you feel like you must have it. While we can desire pretty much anything, we tend to crave fundamental things like food and sex. Of course, a craving can also be to satisfy drugs or alcohol, or anyRead More

The Deadliest Drugs Are Legal

People are becoming increasingly aware of the opioid crisis in the US. Last year, about 60,000 Americans died from overdoses involving opioids–more than violent crime, car accidents, and terrorism combined. It’s a shocking statistic and many governors, at least, are taking the opioid crisis very seriously. What may be surprising is that opioids are notRead More

Can You Really Have an Addictive Personality?

There is a popular idea of a an addictive personality. This is the idea of a type of person who is prone to excess and obsession. He doesn’t take up baking; he opens a bakery. He doesn’t have a drink; he has 20. For someone with an addictive personality, moderation is never an option. ThisRead More