6 Relapse Triggers for Drug Use & How to Avoid Them

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Relapse triggers are environmental, social, mental or emotional situations that remind someone in addiction recovery of their past drug and alcohol use. These triggers are like mental cues that can create the innate urge for someone to use alcohol or drugs again. Situations like this may lead to a relapse if left unchecked. Different triggers […]

Sports Gambling Legalization and the Negative Impact on Addicts

Sports Gambling Legalization

On May 14, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law, essentially opening the door to sports gambling legalization. Americans already make an estimated $150 billion betting on pro and amateur sports each year. The difference is that now those bets won’t be illegal. It wasn’t a new law that the Supreme […]

Identifying Alcoholism – Physical and Behavioral Signs

Identifying Alcoholism

Identifying Alcoholism Identifying alcoholism as an active drinker is seldom seen.  Most of us do not like to think we have lost control of our drinking.   Like most every other alcoholic, I, too, was ashamed to admit I had a problem. It wasn’t as if I was falling down in the street or making a fool […]

Sober Life: 5 Tools for the First 30 Days of Recovery

First 30 Days of Recovery

Living a Sober Life:  5 Tools for the First 30 Days of Recovery Congratulations!  Living a sober life is the biggest and best decision you may ever make in recovery.  It is critically important that you get some tools to help set right your mind. All the changes you are about to face will require […]

FLAKKA DESIGNER DRUG KILLS

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Flakka Designer Drug Kills What is a designer drug?  The dictionary defines it as a “synthetic analog of a legally restricted or prohibited drug, devised to circumvent drug laws.” Over the past two years, the U.S. has seen a surge in the use of synthetic, designer drugs.  These are made from legal chemicals which can mimic […]

Tough Love for a Heroin Addict: A Death Sentence?

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Heroin Addict Tough Love? It’s an emotionally draining process in the extreme trying to get help for kids who are possessed by drugs. Addicts are tricky and using tough love on a heroin addict, or any type of addict for that matter could be a death sentence.  Remember, addicts are manipulative, powerful and have ironclad […]

Writing an Intervention Letter

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Writing an Intervention Letter Watching a loved one struggle with addiction can be scary, frustrating, angering, and heartbreaking. You see how their drug and alcohol use is affecting their life and the lives of those around them, but they may not see it or maybe in denial. If they have dismissed or denied the need […]