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How Motivational Enhancement Therapy Can Help You Stop Drinking

Motivational Enhancement Therapy, or MET, is a therapeutic approach that tries to help people find their own internal motivation to quit drinking. One common impediment to sobriety is that people are often not sure whether they want to quit. This is perplexing to an outsider who sees how destructive the addict’s behavior is, but theRead More

When Will Sobriety Feel Better than Addiction?

Addiction is one of those situations that get worse before they get better. Even if an addiction has become painful, it may still offer comfort, a refuge when things are bad. In recovery, that refuge is unavailable. Before that, you have to detox, which is never pleasant. Then, there’s the hard work of treatment–counselling, groupRead More

What to Do When You’re Sober and You Find Old Drugs

Ideally, when you come home from treatment, there should be no drugs in your house. Whether you got someone else to throw them out, or you did it yourself, getting all substances out of reach adds an extra layer of protection in recovery. Sometimes people think keeping something around in case of emergency will helpRead More

What’s Your ACE Score?

ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences and it correlates with many problems including major illnesses, mental health issues, and addiction. The basic ACE assessment is 10 questions about your negative experiences in childhood, things like whether you were abused, emotionally, physically, or sexually, whether you witnessed traumatic events, whether you felt neglected, or whether aRead More

How to Study Without Adderall

Adderall is best known as a study drug that is sometimes used to treat ADHD. Many students take Adderall to pull all-nighters studying for finals or finishing projects. The problem is that Adderall is an amphetamine and can be addictive. Taking it regularly to study and meet deadlines makes it harder to do anything withoutRead More

What is Stimulant Psychosis?

Stimulant psychosis is when you experience paranoia, delusions, or hallucinations caused by stimulant use. It is most commonly caused by an overdose of cocaine, methylphenidate, substituted amphetamines such as methamphetamine, and, in rare cases, caffeine. It occurs in a small percentage of people taking stimulants at lower doses and occasionally when withdrawing from stimulants. TheRead More

What to Do When Someone Tries to Sabotage Your Recovery

In a perfect world, you would come out of treatment and join a community of people who want nothing more than to see you sober, successful, and happy. In reality, that rarely happens. For whatever reason, there will be some people who want to see you fail. Sometimes their motives are selfish, such as yourRead More

What If I’m Not Ready for Treatment Yet?

Committing to treatment is a big decision. Even admitting you have a problem is difficult because it may force you to confront some unpleasant realities. Then, you have the prospect of a painful detox, more uncomfortable realities in therapy, and on top of it all, 30 to 90 days away from your normal life. It’sRead More

Adult Children of Alcoholics

If you have struggled with addiction to alcohol or other substances, there’s a good chance you had a parent who did too. Addiction runs in families and having a parent who is an addict is a good predictor of future problems. Addiction is just one problem adult children of alcoholics frequently have. There is, inRead More

Are Mocktails OK in Recovery?

Mocktails–or cocktails with no alcohol–have long been a default among designated drivers and teens who get carded. They are tasty beverages you can sip on and not feel too out of place for not drinking. Are they also a good option for recovering alcoholics? As with so many aspects of recovery, whether mocktails are safeRead More