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Is There a Link Between ADHD and Addiction?

There does appear to be a link between ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and addiction. Studies have shown that ADHD is five to 10 times more common among adults addicted to alcohol than among the general population. About a quarter of people in treatment for alcohol and drug addiction have ADHD and about 15Read More

How Sleep Makes You Feel Better

It’s easy to underestimate the value of getting plenty of sleep. It’s the first thing to suffer when we have more obligations than time. And, after all, it’s not like you’re doing anything when you sleep, right? Well, you may be asleep, but your body is busy doing stuff it can’t do while you’re awakeRead More

What is Salvia and Is it Addictive?

Salvia is a plant related to mint that is indigenous to southern Mexico. Its active constituent, salvinorin A, is the most potent naturally occurring hallucinogen, although it is still far less potent than LSD. Salvia causes auditory and visual hallucinations, as well as loss of control over the body, uncontrollable laughing, and slurred speech. SomeRead More

3 Reasons to Try Running in Recovery

Part of recovery is adopting a healthier lifestyle that includes better relationships, healthy eating, plenty of sleep, and regular exercise. The best exercise is the exercise you enjoy and will do regularly. If there’s nothing in particular you like, there are some good reasons to give running a try. First, it’s  very easy to getRead More

What is Spice and Is it Dangerous?

Spice is a mixture of herbs sprayed with synthetic drugs. It goes by many other names; the best known is probably K2. It is sometimes called synthetic marijuana. The chemical mixture used to treat spice is chemically similar to marijuana but often far more potent. The exact chemicals change frequently to remain technically legal. ItRead More

How Writing Can Help Your Recovery

Stress, anxiety, loneliness, anger, and depression are all common relapse triggers. Learning to manage your emotions keeps these feelings from getting the better of you, but that’s much easier said than done. For most people, emotions are the inevitable response to whatever happens to them, and the idea of managing those responses seems either mysteriousRead More

What if I Get Waitlisted for Treatment?

It’s so frustrating: you reach a point where you know you have a problem, you’re so sick of using, and you want to get better. So you work up the nerve to call a treatment center and they put you on a waitlist. This is a common problem in the US. Even states that takeRead More

Getting Sober is Harder than Staying Sober

Most people encounter cravings and temptations at some point in recovery. These can sometimes be intense. On top of that, your own mind can betray you and start inventing rationalizations that could only make sense in the grip of a craving. These tend to be arguments along the lines of “Just once won’t hurt,” orRead More

Am I Addicted to Exercise?

Exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle. It is especially helpful in recovery. It strengthens the heart and lungs and helps the body heal. It reduces stress and helps alleviate anxiety and depression. As with everything else, though, you can take exercise too far. People sometimes become addicted to exercise, especially endurance exercise like runningRead More

At Meetings, Don’t Skip the Chit Chat

12 Step meetings offer a lot of different tools for beating addiction–sympathetic ears, inspiring recoveries, cautionary examples, a plan for personal progress, and, of course, coffee. 12 Step meetings are pretty informal affairs to begin with, but the least formal element might be one of the most useful–chatting with others in recovery before and afterRead More