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Top Questions About Men’s Substance Abuse Rehab in Austin Making the choice to get men’s addiction treatment in Austin is the first step in recovery. But some people feel a little unsteady as they take that first step. The uncertainty and not knowing what to expect in addiction rehab is enough to keep some people … Read More

What Are the Differences in Opioid Types?

Opioids are a classification of drugs that can be naturally occurring from poppy plants or synthetic (manmade). These types of drugs are primarily used to relieve pain. They are very effective, however, opioids can also be highly addictive and dangerous for a person’s health. In 2020, 75% of overdose deaths were the result of opioid … Read More

What Type of Opioid is Heroin

Opioids are a class of drugs that bind to opioid receptors in the brain and body, often reducing pain and providing a sense of euphoria. Opioid receptors serve a number of regulatory functions, including regulating sensory perception such as sight and hearing. Some opioids are illegal, illicit substances while others are legal medications that are … Read More

How Big of a Problem is Opioid Abuse in Austin?

If you look at the national data, you may think that opioids are a problem in every city in the country. In major metros that’s usually the case, and Austin is no exception.  In the last few years there have been some troubling reports about opioid abuse in Austin and across the state of Texas. … Read More

Opioid Epidemic Solutions in Austin, TX

If you or someone you know is addicted to opioids you are all too aware of the epidemic sweeping the nation. In Texas, many cities have gone to great lengths to counter the rise in opioid-related deaths. Texas has long been one of the states with the highest number of overdose deaths, which is why … Read More

Austin Alcohol Facts That Are Sobering

Alcohol is the most widely used drug in the United States, but in some areas drinking is more prevalent and a part of the culture. Austin, TX is known for being the Live Music Capital of the World where there’s always something going on and festivals every weekend. And all of the activities usually involve … Read More

Cold Hard Facts About Texans Addicted to Painkillers and Prescription Drugs

Opioid addiction is a serious issue across the country, including Texas. For many people, opioid use starts with painkillers or prescription drugs that are legal. However, these are highly addictive medications, and if not taken exactly as prescribed a person can get hooked quickly.  Over half of the overdose deaths in Texas are a result … Read More

What Can I Expect Coming to an Addiction Recovery Retreat?

Today drug and alcohol treatment for men isn’t a limited one-size-fits-all experience. We now know that taking a customized, personalized approach is what’s most effective for addiction treatment.  At Any Length we’ve developed a unique concept called an addiction recovery retreat. Clients receive evidence-based coaching and support services in a home-like environment for an extended … Read More

Men’s Groups vs an Addiction Recovery Retreat

Anyone who is considering drug and alcohol treatment for men can become overwhelmed by all of the different programs that exist today. Figuring out which type of treatment is the best option can be challenging, but it’s extremely important. The program you enroll in has a dramatic impact on the likelihood of long-term recovery. Two … Read More

How to Maintain Sobriety During the Holidays

If you’re going through an addiction recovery program or alcohol rehab for men the holidays will be a little different this year. Instead of using the holiday season as a reason to indulge in alcohol or use narcotics, the focus is on finding ways to avoid that from happening. Getting through the holidays without relapsing … Read More

Mama needs some wine

The Dangers of Mommy Wine Culture

“It’s Mommy’s turn to wine!” You’ve probably seen the memes on Facebook or the clichéd quotes on novelty glasses and sparkly t-shirts. Mommy wine culture is everywhere. Wine moms are fun, cool, and young at heart. They’re the antithesis of the supermom stereotype, demonstrating that it’s normal for parents not to be perfect. The message … Read More

Peace and harmony you wish

The Serenity Prayer: A Valuable Coping Device

Many people struggle with the idea of acceptance, but those of us afflicted with addictions seem to be fighting more of an uphill battle in this area.  It may seem paradoxical, but although recovery is all about making positive changes, we can only incur those changes once we accept our present circumstances. The concept of … Read More

Great challenges, great rewards

“Can I Tell You A Sobering Story?”

This story is about one of my proudest sober accomplishments. Honestly, sometimes I think I’m more proud of this than graduating from college.  It all began when three friends of mine decided to plan a trip to the Tetons.  Knowing that I was a certified mountain guide, they figured that if they convinced me to … Read More

How Acceptance Solidified My Success in Sobriety

How Acceptance Solidified My Success in Sobriety

Some days, I look in the mirror and ask myself, “Who is this person?” I’m over here doing things I never imagined were possible: accepting things I never thought I would and changing things I never thought I could. I certainly wasn’t able to do either when I was out there drinking and using. In … Read More

Ideal place for rehabilitation

“Cali Sober” – A Potentially Harmful Term?

If you have ever visited (or heard of) California, then the recently trending term “Cali Sober” probably sounds like an oxy-moron.  After all, with its landscape full of vineyards and being the first state to legalize medical Cannabis, California is not exactly a symbol of abstinence. Indeed, if you go so far as to listen … Read More

Talking to your child about addiction problems

How to Talk to Your Son About His Drinking Problem

Teenagers shouldn’t be drinking alcohol, plain and simple. Unfortunately, the truth is that many teens will experiment with alcohol during their high school years. Some will pass the point of simple experimentation and may develop full-on alcoholism. If the latter sounds like your son, talk to him about it as soon as possible. Studies show … Read More

Subtle signs that may indicate alcoholism problems

4 Signs My Son is an Alcoholic

For many teens, high school is a time of experimentation. Sometimes this experimentation is harmless, like a new haircut or a change in style. Other times, these experiments can have a darker impact. The 2019 Youth Risk Behavior survey found that 29% of high school students reported drinking in the last 30 days, with 14% … Read More

Usual changes when taking drugs

4 Signs My Son is Using Drugs

The teenage years can be awkward and difficult for many kids. Too often, a good kid may fall in with the wrong crowd at school and begin experimenting with substances like drugs or alcohol. In a 2015 survey, almost 36% of teenagers reported having tried marijuana and nearly 13% reported abusing prescription drugs. If you … Read More

It Is Well

What is Step 12 in AA?

When we showed up at our first AA meeting, the idea of ever reaching step 12 in AA may have seemed like a far-off fantasy. For some, it may have seemed impossible. But here you are, ready to embark on your final step. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we … Read More

What is Step 11 in AA?

What is Step 11 in AA?

Back in step 10, we turned our focus from our past to our present. Now, as we begin to understand and work step 11 of AA, we’ll start to think about the future, particularly in regards to our spiritual path. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood … Read More

What Is Step 10 in AA?

What is Step 10 in AA?

By this point in your recovery journey, you’ve done a lot of hard work in clearing out negativity from the past. You’ve admitted your life became unmanageable, turned control over to your higher power, understood and asked God to remove your defects of character, and made amends with those you’ve harmed. In step 10 of … Read More

What is Step 9 in AA?

What is Step 9 in AA?

Congratulations: you’ve finished step eight and by now, you should have a list of names of people that you want to make amends to. Logically, step nine in AA is to move forward and actually make these amends. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do would injure them or others. … Read More

What is Step 8 in AA?

What is Step 8 in AA?

Reaching step eight of AA means that you’ve spent a great deal of time working on yourself, reflecting inwardly on your character flaws, admitting them out loud, and finally turned control over to your higher power to remove them. In step eight of AA, we begin to turn our focus outward. In steps eight and … Read More

What is Step 7 in AA?

What is Step 7 in AA?

Steps four through six in AA have been working up to this point. In step four and five we explored and came to terms with our shortcomings. In step six, we mentally prepared for having our higher power remove our character defects. Now, we’ve reached step seven in AA, where it’s time to actually ask … Read More

What is Step 8 in AA?

What is Step 6 in AA?

Step six in AA is incredibly freeing. In the last two steps, you made a searching and fearless moral inventory of yourself and admitted the exact nature of your wrongs to yourself, your higher power, and another person. Now that we’re so familiar with these faults, it’s time to let them go while we work … Read More

What is Step 5 in AA?

What is Step 5 in AA?

The infamously scary step number four is finally behind you. Step five in AA is next, and it builds on the exercise we completed in the last step. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous build on each other and … Read More

What is Step 4 in AA?

What is Step 4 in AA?

By this point, you’ve already admitted and accepted that your life as an addict has become unmanageable, began a relationship with a higher power, and committed to turning over all your control to this power. In Alcoholics Anonymous, next is step four of AA, the infamously scary step: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory … Read More

What is Step 3 in AA?

What is Step 3 in AA?

In step two of AA, you were exploring your relationship with God or another higher power and beginning to wrap your mind around the idea of surrendering control to this power. In step three of AA, you’re making the conscious decision to actually do this. Made a decision to turn our will and lives over … Read More

What is Step 2 in AA?

What is Step 2 in AA?

If you’re at all familiar with the 12 steps of AA, you probably know that they’re a very spiritual program. But what is step 2 in AA, the second step is where participants begin to create a relationship with a higher power, a relationship that they’ll explore more deeply as they move on to other … Read More

What is Step 1 in AA?

What is Step 1 in AA?

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol and that our lives had become unmanageable. It can be scary and challenging to take the first step and admit that you have a problem with addiction. However, the only way you can start down that path toward sobriety is by taking the first step forward. Step 1 … Read More

The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

Even those who have never had first- or second-hand experience with addiction are likely somewhat familiar with the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. This is one of the most well-known programs for addiction recovery and for good reason: it’s also one of the most effective programs. According to AA, up to 75% of its members … Read More

5 Signs my Partner is Addicted to Drugs

5 Signs My Partner is Addicted to Drugs

The moment you begin suspecting your partner of a drug addiction can be shocking, particularly if you’ve never known anyone who has been addicted to drugs. What should you do in this situation? How can you be certain your suspicions are correct? Below, we’ve listed a few common warning signs to be on the lookout … Read More

12 Suggestions for Staying Sober Through the Holidays

12 Suggestions For Staying Sober Through The Holidays

The holidays can be a rough time of the year for anyone, and is especially when staying sober through the holidays may be a struggle for you or a loved one. Families have separated, the Fear of relapse brings worry and doubt. For the families of alcoholics and addicts, we worry, will my son or … Read More

5 Signs My Partner is an Alcoholic

5 Signs My Partner is an Alcoholic

Because alcohol is so easily obtainable and a common part of most adults’ social lives in the US, it can be difficult to discern whether your partner’s drinking habits are normal or a sign of a problem. Chances are, though, that if your partner’s drinking concerns you, you can trust your gut. Learn these 5 … Read More

What is White Knuckling?

What is White Knuckling & How to Overcome It

AA’s Big Book states that “We are not fighting it, neither are we avoiding temptation. We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality—safe and protected. We have not even sworn off. Instead, the problem had been removed. It does not exist for us.” Recovering from a substance addiction is more … Read More

How to Talk To A Loved One About Their Addiction

How to Talk to A Loved One About Their Addiction

It is never easy to start the conversation to someone you love about their addiction, so how do you talk to a loved one about their addiction? It’s not something that comes naturally to most people, and it’s something most people hope they’ll never have to do. Certain ways of communicating produce better results than … Read More

Common Drugs

What Is Drug Paraphernalia? How to Identify Drug Paraphernalia

Are you curious about how to identify drug paraphernalia? If you’re concerned that your loved one might be taking drugs, one of the first things you’ll want to do before staging an intervention is finding evidence. Of course, one of the easiest ways to find evidence is to look for any hidden drug paraphernalia. But … Read More

Loving An Addict to Death

Loving an Addict to Death

When dealing with a loved one who is suffering from addiction, the line between supporting them through a hard time and enabling them to continue can easily be blurred, and ultimately we don’t want to be loving an addict to death. We’ve spoken about this difference on the blog before, but we know that showing … Read More

How to Get Your Loved One to Stop Doing Drugs

How to Get Your Loved One to Stop Doing Drugs

Unfortunately, if your loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they probably won’t wake up one day and decide to stop using. They’ll need the help of someone they care about (you!) to help them realize they have a problem and get them into treatment. So, how can you get your loved one to … Read More

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