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 are designed to keep you …

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, the infamously scary step: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Self-reflection should be a constant …

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 to the care of God …

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. Step two in AA 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 steps. Step one is all about learning to admit and accept …

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. What Does Step 1 in AA Mean? …

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 stay abstinent from alcohol after …

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 daughter survive this holiday season. …

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 than simply stopping the use …

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 tough love to your addict …

What is Collegiate Recovery?

Binge drinking, late-night partying, and experimenting with drugs are seen as a normal part of the American college experience. But it’s not all harmless fun. College students in the United States are at a high risk of developing addiction or abusing substances. Approximately 80% of U.S. college students have abused alcohol, while the number of students who have abused drugs …

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How Long Does it Take to Recover from Addiction?

If you have a close friend or family member suffering from addiction, you might be wondering how long recovery takes. It’s certainly an understandable question – addiction is hard to cope with, both for the addict themselves and for their loved ones. Unfortunately, the answer to that question is not as clear-cut as you’re probably hoping. Each person’s recovery process …

5 Signs of Xanax Abuse

Xanax, the brand name of the drug alprazolam, is a highly addictive benzodiazepine usually prescribed to treat panic and anxiety disorders. Tolerance to Xanax can develop quickly, so addictions can develop even when it’s taken as prescribed. When taken, Xanax produces a “chill out” effect on the brain and body. Users who take Xanax will become more relaxed, quiet, and …

5 Signs of Meth Use

Meth, short for methamphetamine, takes an extreme toll on the body, both physically and mentally, making it one of the most addictive and dangerous substances out there. In both the short- and long-term, meth can produce negative side effects, and always carries the risk of overdose. If you’re worried that one of your loved ones may be using meth, be …

What is Al-Anon?

Having a friend or family member who suffers from addiction or alcoholism is hard. It can be a roller coaster of emotions, and you may find it harder to cope some days. Addiction and alcoholism are family illnesses, because they don’t just affect the addict – they affect the whole family. In reality, loving an alcoholic or addict can be …

5 Signs of Alcohol Abuse

In a society where drinking alcohol is common and binge drinking is considered normal, it may be difficult to tell whether or not your loved one is exhibiting signs of alcohol abuse. Below are a few warning signs to help you figure out whether you should be concerned about your loved one’s behavior. They Binge Drink Frequent binge drinking is …

3 Ways to Maintain A Sense of Community Virtually

Recovering from addiction during a worldwide lockdown presents a unique set of challenges to overcome. Many recovery programs (including us!) speak about the importance of being involved in a community. However, it can be hard to feel a connection with other people when you’re not able to physically see them in person! You may want to think about being proactive …

Managing Loneliness to Prevent Relapse While Social Distancing

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the world. People are staying inside more than ever, avoiding contact with those outside their immediate household. These precautions are necessary for stopping the spread of a virus, but may have a negative impact on mental health – particularly for those who are recovering from addiction and require regular interaction with the recovery community. …

Continuing Your Recovery During COVID-19

For most people over the last few weeks, everyday life has completely changed thanks to COVID-19. To slow the spread of this deadly virus, people are practicing social distancing: limiting contact with other people. Many companies have their employees working from home while others have completely shut their doors for the next few months. Large gatherings are discouraged and many …

COVID-19: What You Need to Know

COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019), initially known as coronavirus, is an infectious respiratory disease in the same family as the SARS virus, of which there was an outbreak nearly twenty years ago. Common symptoms include coughing, fever, and shortness of breath. The virus typically spreads via respiratory droplets produced by coughing or sneezing. It can be spread by being in contact …

What is a Recovery Coach?

If you’re currently suffering or in recovery from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you may be looking for different types of professionals who can help support you through your journey to sobriety. You may have come across licensed therapists or treatment centers that can help you overcome your addiction. If you prefer a less clinical source of support, you …

Drug Abuse Rates in Europe vs. the USA

Over the past month, we’ve been taking a look at how the United States compares to other countries in terms of drug laws, and how we compare to Europe specifically in terms of alcohol abuse. When looking at the alcohol abuse rates, we saw that European countries with looser laws around alcohol tended to have fewer incidences of binge drinking …

Compliance vs. Surrender

If you were to read through the twelve steps, you might find that the wording, at least for the first few steps, has a distinct feeling of “surrendering” to it, particularly surrendering to a higher power. There are two ways we can approach recovery: by simply complying with what is being asked of us, or surrendering our power. Surrendering, as …

3 of the Worst Foods to Eat While in Recovery

Over the last few months, we’ve talked a lot about the importance of diet – not just for your overall health, but also particular foods that contain specific vitamins and minerals that can support your brain and body through your recovery. We’ve told you that it’s important to nourish your body with lots of fresh produce, clean proteins, healthy fats, …

Is Addiction A Family Disease?

You may have heard that addiction is genetic, and someone descended from a former alcoholic or addict needs to be careful around drugs and alcohol so that they don’t become addicted themselves. This is true in many cases. One study concluded that children of addicts are around eight times more likely to develop an addiction than those who have no …

Rates of Alcohol Abuse in America vs. Europe

Here in the United States, we have an interesting relationship with alcohol. As you might remember from history class back in school, the prohibition era outlawed alcohol consumption and sale entirely from 1920 until 1933, and the current legal drinking age is 21. Most of our friends across the Atlantic Ocean over in Europe have a much more relaxed attitude …

Drug Laws & Abuse Around the World

In the 1970s, President Nixon declared a war on drugs aimed at stopping the illegal drug trade in the United States. Many people consider this campaign to have been largely ineffective as new people continue to develop addictions and dependencies on drugs each day. Other countries, however, have different and much more lenient laws around drugs. Let’s take a look …

Pros & Cons of Legalizing Marijuana

The legal status of marijuana is a hot topic – nearly everyone seems to have an opinion. The drug does have some medical uses and in many places around the world, patients use it to manage their chronic pain. Different cultures believe it has spiritual properties and use it during traditional ceremonies. But what about legalization for recreational use? State …

5 Wellness Tips for Recovering Addicts

Completing a treatment program is only the first step in achieving lifelong recovery from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Once your treatment is over, there’s still work to be done – it’s likely that your entire lifestyle will have to change. When you were in the thick of your addiction, you were probably neglecting your own health in favor …

What Are “Legal Highs”?

Don’t let the name fool you – legal highs are not necessarily legal. Legal highs are another name for designer drugs or research chemicals and refer to synthetic drugs created to mimic the effects of a naturally-derived drug. These substances are usually created in underground laboratories and involve mixing different ingredients together, each of which tends to be legal on …

4 Commonly Abused Research Chemicals

There is a difference between research chemicals used in scientific research and research chemicals used to get high. The latter are developed in a lab and are meant to mimic the effects of other commonly misused drugs like opioids, cocaine, and marijuana. These substances tend to be cheap to make and to purchase, and produce more intense highs. Research chemicals …

Fentanyl in Street Drugs

Fentanyl is one of the strongest synthetic opioid painkillers on the market today, and it’s become the number one culprit in opioid-related overdoses. From 2013 to 2016, fatal overdoses involving fentanyl doubled each year. This is a terrifyingly quick rise and it doesn’t appear that those numbers will begin going down anytime soon. One of the most alarming facts about …

5 Uncommon Drugs That Can Be Abused

It makes sense that drugs like cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine are well-known around the country: they are some of the most commonly abused drugs in the United States. But, of course, these three aren’t the only drugs of abuse. There are hundreds of thousands of substances that can create a high when ingested. Let’s take a look at a handful …

What Is the Most Commonly Abused Drug in the United States

Drug and alcohol addictions are both quite common in the USA. 19.7 million Americans are believed to be addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. However, the problem doesn’t end there. Many people abuse drugs without developing an addiction to them. Drug abuse is defined as any use of drugs for nonmedical purposes, or outside of their intended use, and an article …

What Are Designer Drugs?

When the use of fentanyl began to rise in the 1980s, the term “designer drug” was coined to refer to it and other drugs like it. Designer drugs refer to drugs that are manufactured in a laboratory (usually illegally) by manipulating or mimicking the properties of a drug that originates from a plant.  Some designer drugs were originally discovered by …

Why Marijuana is Dangerous for a Drug Addict

Marijuana is the most commonly used drug in the United States and the rest of the world. It’s used medicinally in many cases and can help treat symptoms of chronic illnesses like HIV, multiple sclerosis, cancer, Crohn’s disease, and seizure disorders. Other cultures around the world use it because they believe it has spiritual properties. When used recreationally, marijuana has …

What is PCP?

In the 1950s, PCP was developed with the intent to act as a surgical anaesthetic for humans, and eventually also used as a veterinary anaesthetic for animals. However, the drug was soon discontinued after the negative effects on patients’ minds were discovered. However, many of the reasons PCP was discontinued from medical use became reasons people began taking it recreationally. …

Fentanyl’s Overdose Potential

Over 130 people die each day in the United States from overdosing on opioids. Many opioid-related deaths involve more than one drug, but fentanyl has become the number one opioid killer. Each year between 2013 and 2016 alone, fentanyl-related drug overdoses rose by over 100%. What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is the strongest synthetic opioid pain reliever available for medical treatment …

How Sleep Heals the Brain

Any article you may come across about living a healthy lifestyle points out how important it is to get enough sleep. During sleep, the body has the chance to rest and recover so it can continue functioning properly day after day. Often, people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol don’t have healthy sleep habits. Many drugs give the user …

Why Reliance on A Higher Power is More Helpful than Willpower for Beating Addiction

Many people who have completed a 12-step addiction recovery program go on to sing its praises once they’ve recovered. One of the key differentiators between 12-step programs and other recovery programs (and arguably one of the reasons it’s so effective for so many people) is its incorporation of spirituality. Spirituality and religion are not necessarily the same thing. 12-step programs …

4 Dangers of Intravenous Drug Use

Intravenous drugs, or drugs that are taken by injecting the substance directly into the body, are some of the most dangerous drugs out there. Yet for many types of drugs, like heroin, one of the most common and preferred ways of taking them is via injection. Addicts who use intravenous drugs usually do so because of the powerful and fast-acting …

What is Kratom?

There are hundreds of thousands of drugs out in the world.  Some are very prevalent in culture, and others not so much. Some are made with chemicals in labs, and some are sourced naturally from different types of plants. Kratom is a lesser-known, “natural” drug, which has recently been on the rise thanks to some health benefits many believe it …

Signs of Opiate Use

In 2014, nearly 2 million people abused or were dependent on opioids, and it’s become a nationwide crisis.  You’ve probably heard the words opiate and opioid being thrown around in light of this epidemic. While these terms sound and look similar, there is a subtle yet significant distinction between the two. Both terms refer to substances that activate the center …

What Constitutes Abusing Drugs?

When it comes to drug or alcohol use, we hear a few common terms thrown around, like use, abuse, and addiction or dependency. For those unfamiliar with these terms, it may be hard to understand whether or not they’re interchangeable, or what the difference is between each. Maybe you or a loved one has been using drugs, and you’re looking …

How Does Sober Living Help Maintain Sobriety?

If you’ve been looking into or have recently completed a treatment program for drug or alcohol addiction, you’ve likely come across sober living programs. Maybe you’ve wondered whether sober living is actually helpful. Sober living homes provide residents with a stepping stone from inpatient treatment to “normal” life. In the 18 months following completion of treatment, statistics show the rates …

Is Isolating an Indicator of Drug Abuse?

You’ve done your research and you know the signs. You notice your loved one is isolating himself or herself much more than usual, and you suspect it’s because they’re abusing drugs. Isolating is a common indicator of drug abuse, so if your loved one is exhibiting other physical or behavioral symptoms, you may be right to be concerned. However, your …

Why is Being Involved in the Community So Important for an Addict’s Recovery?

By nature, humans are social creatures. Because of this, we crave connection with other humans. While it’s absolutely possible to achieve success individually, we’re often able to achieve better and faster results when we’re working with a group. If you think about it that way, it makes complete sense that so many addiction recovery programs, most famously 12-step programs, incorporate …

3 Common Triggers of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

In the USA, drug use and abuse is on the rise across all demographics. In 2014, it was reported that heroin users had tripled since 2003, and the number of drug overdose deaths involving opioids had quadrupled since 1999. Alcohol abuse rates are also climbing. Between 2002 and 2013, high-risk drinking (more than three drinks per day for women, or …

Is LSD Addictive?

LSD, also known by its street name, acid, is a hallucinogen that is most commonly sold as small squares of paper, but also as liquid or pellets. It’s tasteless and odorless. The abbreviation LSD comes from Lysergsaure-Diathylamid, the German version of its chemical name. LSD was discovered by accident in the late 1930s by a man named Albert Hofmann. How …

Why You Can’t Force Someone to Get Treatment for an Addiction (& What to Do Instead)

Watching someone you love lose themselves to an addiction is never easy. You might find yourself beginning to act out of fear or desperation, trying to manipulate or control your loved one, or trying to force them into treatment. Unfortunately, these fear-based behaviors don’t help anyone, and will likely only make the situation worse. You can’t force someone into treatment …

What is the Importance of a Sponsor in Recovery?

Even if you’ve never battled an addiction yourself, you’ve likely heard the word “sponsor” in connection with addiction recovery. A sponsor is a mentor or a guide who has gone through the journey to recovery themselves and is able to mentor or guide another person, known as a sponsee, who is working toward recovery themselves. Sponsors are used in 12-step …

5 Signs Your Loved One is Abusing Drugs

You’ve noticed something about your loved one has been a bit off lately. Maybe it took you a while to realize it. Maybe you didn’t want to realize it, but there’s little doubt in your mind at this point. You think your loved one is abusing drugs. It’s a devastating thought, but how can you be a hundred percent sure? …

How Do I Bounce Back from A Relapse?

Experiencing a relapse after completing treatment for addiction can be disheartening at best. It’s easy to allow negative, self-destructive thoughts into your head, and feel discouraged from trying again. It’s important to remember that a relapse is not a failure. Relapsing can be part of the recovery process for many people, and that it’s still very possible to achieve lifelong …

Why do Relapses Occur?

A quick internet search for relapse statistics brings up numbers that look a bit discouraging. Relapses are absolutely a setback in recovery from addiction, but they aren’t a failure, and it’s possible to bounce back from a relapse to achieve lifelong recovery. Your best shot at preventing yourself or your loved one from relapsing is to learn why relapses occur, …

How to Set Boundaries When Your Loved One is Suffering from Addiction

Watching a loved one suffer from an addiction can be incredibly painful.  You want your loved one to be healthy, happy, and to know that they’re loved. Addiction can create a toxic environment in your relationship, making it difficult to communicate these feelings effectively, and causing unbearable emotional or even physical harm.  Knowing how to set the right boundaries will …

3 Advantages of Residential Treatment Centers

A staggering 21 million Americans have some sort of substance addiction, according to Addiction Center, yet only around 10% of those people receive treatment. If you’re one of those 21 million and you’re here because you’re considering your treatment options, you’re on the right track. Treatment can make the difference between life and death. By this point, though, you’ve probably …

What is Legal Pot, or “Spice”?

“Spice”, also called “K2”, is a semisynthetic mixture of ground plant matter and chemicals often smoked by people looking to become intoxicated. It can also be referred to as legal weed because some of the chemicals found within it are similar to those found in marijuana, however the effects of using spice are often very different from a typical marijuana …

Most Common Street Drugs and Their Effects

Heroin Heroin is a common street drug made from morphine, which is extracted from the opium found in opium poppies. Heroin is known for its properties as a powerful sedative and painkiller, which together combine to create an intense feeling of intoxication and euphoria. Users generally inject heroin directly into the bloodstream, although it is also possible to smoke or …

What is MDMA?

MDMA, commonly called “Ecstacy”, or “Molly”, is an illegal drug that falls into the classification of stimulant hallucinogens. Popularized in the 90’s by its use at all night dance parties, or “raves”, MDMA is most commonly used as a club drug, though its use has expanded in recent history. MDMA is characterized by its effects which include increased energy, pleasure, …

What to do if I Found Drugs in my Son’s Room

It’s every parent’s nightmare. No one wants to believe that their little baby might be involved in anything so unsavory and dangerous as drug use. It could be anything; weed, pills, coke, meth, heroin, maybe even something you can’t identify. I doesn’t necessarily matter what you found. The problem is the same: your son is using drugs.  The next step …

Signs Your Spouse Has a Problem With Alcohol

It can be easy, when married to someone, to overlook some of the tell-tale signs of alcoholism, especially when you always want to believe the best about your significant other. The idea that they may be alcoholic is a frightening one, and no one wants to have to come to terms with that reality, no matter how blatant the signs …

What to do if My Son is Using Drugs

There may be many different ways that you can find out that your son is using drugs. Money and prescription medicine going missing, changes is your sons mood and behavior, and sickness are signs that your son may be using. Or maybe you just find drugs or paraphernalia outright, confirming suspicions that you may have already had. The question now …

Does AA Work?

Everyone is different. One brain is different from the next, and no two minds are the same. For that reason, when dealing with problems like addiction, it can often be a difficult challenge; like throwing darts at a dart board with all the lights turned off. If you talk to any psychiatrist, they will tell you the same thing about …

What are Dabs?

Dabbing refers to smoking butane hash oil, which is a form of cannabis that has extremely high concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana. Compared to the relatively small amount of THC in regular marijuana, which can range from 3% to 25%, hash oil, or dabs, can have as much as 80% THC, which makes …

Can Somas be Abused?

As we enter into the later part of 2019, some people, especially in the younger generation, have never even heard of carisoprodol, or “Soma”. It is a drug that was popular in the 80’s and 90’s for its sedative effects, but it has all but been replaced in terms of medical use and illegal abuse by modern benzodiazepines such as …

What is Crack?

Crack is the most common name for crack cocaine, which is a highly potent illegal stimulant. Derived from powder cocaine, crack is made by mixing cocaine with ammonia or baking soda and heating the mixture until rocks form. Because of the high purity of crack in comparison to regular cocaine, it is extremely powerful, and very addicting, and many users …

Can Klonopin Be Abused?

Klonopin is the brand name of the prescription drug clonazepam, which is prescribed by health care providers to treat seizures, panic disorder, and certain types of anxiety disorders. Klonopin is of the drug category benzodiazepines, which include the drugs alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), and lorazepam (Ativan).  Benzodiazepines create a feeling of calm by affecting neurotransmitters in the brain that cause …

Is Adderall Addicting?

Many people in America suffer from a common condition known as ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Symptoms of this disorder include finding it difficult to pay attention, disorganization, moving around constantly, and impulsivity. ADHD is relatively common in the United States, and “the American Psychiatric Association states in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5, 2013) that 5% of …

What is GHB

GHB is a psychoactive sedating substance that is commonly referred to as a “club drug” or “date rape” drug. Though used occasionally in its prescription form, Xyrem, to treat narcolepsy, GHB is most often used illegally, and is sought after for its euphoric and intoxicating effects, as well as the effects of sedation and amnesia. GHB is often used by …

Is Tramadol Addicting?

Tramadol is an opioid analgesic that is used for the management of moderate to severe pain in a medical setting, and is generally considered safer than other opioids such as Vicodin and Oxycontin. It can also be abused as a drug that creates a sense of euphoria at high doses, going by the street name “ultras”. While the FDA originally …

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What is Methamphetamine?

Crystal meth is the common name for the illegal psychoactive drug methamphetamine, a strong and highly addictive chemical that affects the central nervous system. Appearing in the form of white crystals or crystalline powder, meth is a potent, and highly addictive stimulant, and is also referred to as, “crystal”, “tina”, “ice”, or “glass”. A popular party drug, meth is administered …

Is the “Pink Cloud” a Real Thing?

“Pink cloud” is a term that is commonly used to describe the state of being heavily invested in a program of recovery in early sobriety, and is generally the result of being propelled forward by the sting of a horrible first step experience. A pink cloud is prolonged and intensified by a spiritual experience due to a person in early …

How to Enjoy Life Sober

Sobriety is about living life to the very fullest without the need for drugs and alcohol. Drug addicts and alcoholics become so used to self-medicating that they forget what it means to enjoy things without being under the influence. Working a program of recovery rooted in spiritual principles allows drug addicts and alcoholics to not only be rid of the …

Can I Use CBD if I’m in Recovery?

There is plenty of discussion around the legalization of cannabis in the United States. Part of the debate is due to the medical effects that the plant can have. The cannabis plant has two main active ingredients, THC and CBD. THC is the main compound in marijuana, and it’s the one that gets you high. CBD is the ingredient known …

Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug?

Weed. Cannabis. Pot. The devil’s lettuce. Reefer. Grass. The names for it are endless, as is the debate over whether or not it is a gateway drug. So what’s the truth about marijuana in relationship to other drugs? Is it a gateway drug? Honestly, it depends on the person. Some people have addictive personalities, and are going to be more …

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Can You Control Your Drinking After Years of Sobriety?

There is an expression in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous: “No matter how far down the road you go, you’re always the same distance from the ditch”. There are people that put together a significant amount of time in recovery, only to relapse and fall into a deeper and darker place than they had before. It’s tricky because people celebrate …

Dating in Recovery

Dating in recovery is an interesting subject, and a topic of heated debate in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous. Obviously we are human, and crave human connection. In fact, one could argue that the desire for human connection is the single most powerful driving force in the history of the human race, and that it is fundamental to our survival. …

How Long Should You Wait to Sponsor?

Everyone’s program looks different. Part of the experience of recovery, and really part of the experience of living life, is that everyone is in a different place in terms of their growth as people, and so placing a definitive timeline on certain things when they are determined by personal growth is a bad move. Determining whether you are ready to …

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Benefits of Meditation in Recovery

Meditation is a powerful tool. Not just for people in recovery, but for anyone that wishes to use it. It is always beneficial and never detrimental. Meditation is slightly different for everyone, but the basic idea is the same. Listening. Listening to the world around you. Listening to God. Listening to your heart. There is something to be said for …

Adderall Addiction in Corporate America

With the increase of the demands of a workplace in corporate America comes the increased need to work harder, better, and faster, and unfortunately with those needs comes the increase of the abuse of stimulants to compensate for the highly competitive atmosphere of a high energy workplace.  Adderall is a psychotropic prescription drug that increases the levels of dopamine and …

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Humbling Jobs in Early Recovery

The ego must be destroyed.  Addicts and alcoholics run on ego in active addiction. It fuels all manner of delusions surrounding the way things are, have been, or will be. Ego clouds judgment and comes from a primal need to be secure at all times, whether that means being secure in the delusion that “things aren’t as bad as they …

Withdrawal from Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines are the cause of some very serious addictions around the world. Benzodiazepines like alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), diazepam (Valium), and lorazepam (Ativan), are a sedating class of prescription drugs used in the treatment of anxiety and panic disorder, and have sedating properties that come from their effect of increasing the activity of GABA, which is an inhibitory neurotransmitter in …

What are Xanax Bars?

Xanax bars are the most common term used when referring to alprazolam 2 milligram tablets. Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine medication used to treat severe anxiety and panic disorder, and is commonly abused for its sedative effects. Xanax bars, also referred to as planks, school buses, ladders, or bars, are extremely habit forming, and are the result of overdoses nationwide.  Xanax …

6 Signs Your Son is Using Pills

1. Changes in mood and erratic behavior Mercurial mood swings is a classic indicator of substance abuse, and is directly related to whether or not a user has the ability to get high. Pills such as morphine, hydrocodone, dilaudid, oxycontin and others have the effect of creating vast valleys of moods that line up with the users ability to maintain …

Methamphetamine in America

Methamphetamine has been declared the most commonly abused hard drug in the world, according to a study conducted by the World Health Organization in 2006. The meth problem in America has been consistently overshadowed by the opioid epidemic, due to the explosive amounts of opioid deaths in comparison to meth overdoses, but the problem remains one of the most destructive …

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine, known as “Special K” is a dissociative anesthetic used in a variety of medical scenarios for humans and animals, and it is also a common “club drug” like ecstacy. It produces a feeling of dissociation, and can also have sedative and hallucinogenic effects, making it popular in club settings as a drug of abuse. In a medical setting, Ketamine …

6 Common Mistakes with Interventions

Things like remaining firm and setting real boundaries are very important when navigating through the emotionally taxing territory of an intervention, and avoiding these common mistakes will lead to a successful intervention. Not upholding boundaries It can be difficult, especially when intervening on a loved one, to set and hold boundaries, but it is paramount if you want a successful …

Early Warning Signs of a Relapse

Relapse is one of the biggest fears for someone in recovery. Through all of the trials and tribulations that we encounter on our path to sobriety, many of us have a good idea of just how bad it can get if a relapse were to occur. The fact that addiction is a progressive disease means that it will always get …

How to Treat Substance Use Disorder Vs. How to Treat Mental Health Disorders

There is a common misconception that treating substance use disorder is the same as treating a mental health disorder. The two are very different, but there are a lot of people who go about treating them the same way. Substance use disorder is a very specific problem to deal with, and it cannot be treated by the umbrella of treatment …

How to Tell the Hard Drinker from the Alcoholic

Sometimes it can be hard to tell the hard drinker form the alcoholic. In essence, when the hard drinker stops drinking, their life gets better, and when the alcoholic stops drinking, their life gets worse. The hard drinker is categorized by someone who drinks a lot, but when it starts to become a problem, they can stop when they need …

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Strategy for Quitting

Are you an alcoholic and drug addict? The question plagues some; those of us who use drugs and alcohol so much that they question the meaning of their very lives. The answer is simple. Ask yourself a couple of questions. Do you obsess about drinking like a “normal person”, or when you start drinking or using, do you focus on …

Are You White Knuckling?

Are you white knuckling your recovery? This is a very important question to ask yourself if you are going through the trials of early recovery, and a question that you must continue to ask yourself throughout your life as a recovered person. White knuckling is dangerous territory to be in, as it may mean that there are no proverbial safety …

Not Just Sober but Free: What’s the Difference

Many people get clean and sober of drugs and alcohol and remain miserable. A lot of such people don’t end up staying clean for very long, and due to the continuously bad state of their lives, they turn back to the drugs and alcohol, as the only real relief that they have every known, to take away the pain. Having …

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The Only Guaranteed Hangover Cure

People hate hangovers. I know. Not very insightful, but it’s the truth. People hate them. There are countless supposed cures to hangovers; anything from gatorade to plenty of water to even drinking alcohol in the morning, and even after the misery of vomiting and waking up with a splitting headache, some people still feel the need to go out and …

How to Control Your Drinking

There are many among us who drink. Some drink rarely, some drink moderately, some drink a little too much, and some simply can’t control their drinking. It is a common phenomenon to discover that, even after a few drinks, you still want more. You find that you can easily pick up a drink, but putting it down is tricky. You …

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3 Secrets to Staying Sober

1. Tell on yourself Secrets are a dangerous thing to have when you are on a path to recover from drug and alcohol addiction. Keeping secrets means that you have something to hide, and in recovery there should be nothing that you feel you have to hide. Whether it is telling your sponsor when you make a mistake, fessing up …

Can Marijuana be Addictive

There is a question that has stirred many fires throughout the history of addiction; a question that has been raised by lobbyists, people in recovery, and the government, as well as countless others. Can marijuana – a drug that is often regarded as nothing more than a medicinal herb, or even excluded from the category of drugs altogether – be …

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What to do if your son is an alcoholic or addict

There are certain conclusions that parents tend to draw about addiction and alcoholism; ideas that are derivative of how it is portrayed in the media. There is a notion that drug addicts and alcoholics are doomed to suffer and die at the hands of their addiction. While this may be true for some, there is another truth that is usually …

6 Signs Your Son is an Alcoholic/Addict

In most cases, moderate alcohol consumption or occasional drug use are not life-threatening patterns of behavior. However, there is a subset of the population that exhibits habits that go beyond the threshold of moderation or even heavy use. If you think it’s possible your son might be struggling with a serious substance abuse problem, look for these telling signs. 1. …

Why does Austin, TX have a strong recovery community?

Austin, Texas is famous for having a community that has made getting sober fun, and has chronically high success rates for getting and staying sober, particularly for young people. There is a culture that has not only made recovery possible, but even singularly desirable, and even downright trendy. Many people who see recovery in Austin as such a success ask …

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How to Prevent Relapse

Relapse is one of the greatest fears that people in recovery have, and understandably so. So many drug addicts and alcoholics suffer the insanity and hell that characterizes a terrible using spree, and it becomes such a horrible experience that when they finally get sober, naturally there would be a fear surrounding going back out and using again. And yet …

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Is Recovery a Way of Life?

Individuals that enter into recovery often think that recovery is an area of their life. As the disease of addiction gets worse and worse over time it becomes a way of life for the addicted individual. By entering into recovery, the individual who has suffered from the disease of drug addiction/alcoholism must find a sufficient substitute for their addiction. Recovery …

How Do You Know When It Is the Right Time to Go to Treatment?

When an individual who is showing signs of addiction or alcoholism makes a decision to reach out for help, there is a very small window of opportunity to offer a solution for their recovery. Getting connected with the right treatment facility is of the utmost importance during this time because of how quickly an addict or alcoholic can change their …

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Enabling

When it comes to drug addiction, enabling is like pouring gasoline on a fire. Enabling perpetuates the addiction and often makes it worse. When family and friends enable a drug addict, recovery becomes nearly impossible. Much like trying to put out a fire, the addict needs to lose all of the resources that continue to let their life burn to …

Intervening on the Family

Intervening on the Family

Any Length Retreat works diligently with families of addicted loved ones. Often times during an intervention the loved one becomes the center of attention, because that is the center of the current crisis. After the “crisis”, the loved one using and engaging in harmful actions is in recovery, meaning they are now in the care of the Any Length Retreat …

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Guilt and Shame: An Addict’s Best Friends

When I used drugs and alcohol, there were many negative side effects that go beyond the physical and spiritual effects, including emotional trauma. Over the years of addiction, I gained a couple of unwanted best friends- Shame and Guilt. Guilt is the emotion that we feel when we have done something that we perceive as bad or morally wrong. Guilt …

4 Facts About Addiction Many People Don’t Understand

The Importance Of Honesty

Part of the baggage that comes along with being a drug addict is the perfected skill of lying and dishonesty. It is practiced in every area of life when you are suffering with a drug or alcohol addiction. Lying was a way to avoid responsibility for actions, manipulate others for money or drugs, and way to cope with yourself through …

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A Message from the Parent of an Addict

You may have heard that a parent can only be as happy as his or her unhappiest child.  If you have an adult son or daughter who is recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and you apply that saying to your life, then you are most likely going to be an unhappy parent for a long, long time. However, there …

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Living In The Now

If you are a recovering drug addict, dealing with a recovering drug addict, or even just a normal non-addicted person, wrapping your mindset around living in the present can bring a lot of peace and joy into your daily life. Staying present can help ease any big changes in your life and keep you less stressed. Change is never easy, …

Serious in Sobriety

If we are being honest, anyone who is sitting in the rooms of an alcoholics or drug addicts anonymous meeting has been through a lot of heavy or even traumatic experiences. Addiction and recovery from drugs and alcohol is serious. In most shares, you hear tales of homelessness, suicide, arrests, overdoses, loss of loved ones, and financial strife. If talking …

Boundaries With Your Addicted Loved One

Setting boundaries in any situation is important but can be complicated. Boundaries are necessary to remind you what is and is not acceptable- whether that’s in your diet, your relationships, or with your loved ones struggling in addiction. In early recovery it can be frustrating to figure out what boundaries to set, how to create these boundaries, and how to …

Open-Mindedness

In drug and alcohol recovery, being open-minded is an essential way of framing your thought process that can make a huge difference in your ability to succeed. Open-mindedness means being willing to accept new ideas and different ways of seeing the world, as well as other people’s ways of thinking. It come from an awareness that you don’t have all …

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Is Snorting Fentanyl a New Trend?

Fentanyl is a fast-acting drug used to treat severe pain, most often prescribed for post-operative care or for patients who experience pain so intense they no longer respond to other pain medications. It’s an opioid like heroin and morphine, but much stronger and much more addictive. A fentanyl high can make a user feel extremely euphoric, yet very relaxed. If …

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Are You Really Sober If You Are Using Steroids?

One form of coping in recovery is putting down the needle and picking up the weights and dumbbells. Getting back in shape, pushing yourself to be the best you can be, and even building muscle mass through body building can help ease your mind and stay sober. However, it’s easy to let this enjoyment of exercise become an obsession with …

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The Benefits of Meditation In Recovery

If you are like I was a year ago, you may hear the word “meditation” and immediately roll your eyes. Then, I believed that meditation was something used only by tree huggers and yogis and had no real benefit to my drug abuse recovery, my spiritual growth, or improving my quality of life in general. I would try to meditate …

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Healthy Friendships in Recovery

There is a famous song by a man named Ben E. King that goes, “When the night has come and the land is dark and the moon is the only light we’ll see. No I won’t be afraid, no I won’t be afraid. Just as long as you stand, stand by me.” While those words work well in a light …

Healthy Food, Healthy Brain, Healthy Spirit

I know what you are thinking by just reading the title of this blog. “Oh great. It was hard enough to stop doing drugs, and now I have to eat healthy too?” “I’m just trying to stop putting a needle in my arm I could care less if sugar is bad for me.” Look, I don’t want to come off …

Can Dogs Help You Stay Sober?

According to studies, dogs do wonders for your mental and physical health. Аnd many people, including Steve-O, agree that dogs can help those in drug abuse recovery stay sober. If you are in recovery and need some extra support to keep you on track, a furry four-legged friend might be the answer you are looking for. Not everyone is ready …

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Challenges for Introverts in Recovery

Introverts are people that generally prefer to be alone. To introverts, being around other people is tiring, stressful and distracts from their own thoughts. They don’t always want to be alone, but they typically don’t want much social interaction – especially with big groups of people they don’t know. This tendency can sometimes make recovering from addiction more difficult. Here …

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90 Days Sober: Tips for Success

Sobriety isn’t a goal for you to simply check off a list. It’s an ongoing choice that shapes the rest of your life. At Any Length Retreat, we deeply understand how important patience and self-evaluation are in order to maintain sobriety. Everyday you complete of sober living is a big accomplishment, but 90 days without drugs or alcohol is a …

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How Long Does Heroin Withdrawal Last?

With drugs, especially ones like heroin, the side effects can be extremely hurtful. This leave many addicts to want to know more about the withdrawal process of heroin. There are actually two sides to recovery from any substance—the physical and the psychological. Let’s start with the physical. Many people describe heroin withdrawal as feeling like you have a severe flu. …

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Potential Warning Signs That You Might Be Headed Towards a Relapse

“An estimated 40-60% of addicts in recovery will relapse” – National Institute on Drug Abuse Unfortunately, it is common for those who struggled with alcohol and drug abuse to go back to those habits. At Any Length Retreat, we take addiction relapse prevention seriously. We understand the statistics and are committed to giving our residents the best possible chance to …

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Nutrients Needed for Recovering Addicts

Alcohol and drug addiction drains our bodies of the essential vitamins and nutrients we need to feel and perform our best and stay healthy. Below are tips on how to eat and live a healthier life after addiction: Nutrition for Addicts Alcohol and drug addiction deprives your body of nutrients leading to decreased energy levels, a weakened immune system, and …

How to Help a Drug Addict Without Enabling

If your loved one calls and says they want to get better, you should help them find a treatment program and then get your loved one there as quickly as you can. Sometimes, there are all kinds of other requests for help that leave many of us confused: Can I borrow $200 for car insurance? Can I stay at your …

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Having Fun in Sobriety

For the longest time, I refused to accept the idea that it’s possible to have fun being sober. Sure, I had plenty of fun growing up with friends before drugs were introduced to me, although the moment drugs became part of my life, it was hard for me to find my joy anywhere else. I began to associate any sort …

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Five Ways to Help Your Loved One Stay Sober

It’s a huge moment when your loved one agrees to seek help for drug or alcohol abuse, but it doesn’t take long before question begins creeping into your mind. As positive as you may be, there’s one concern that appears to surpass the list for many: “What if my loved one is influenced to use again and how can I …

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How Long Does Drug Recovery Take?

How long does it take to get over an addiction? This is a good question, although there are no simple answers to this as every person is different. Most medical professionals working in recovery say that you can’t ever eliminate your tendency for addiction. Getting over an addiction to a substance or alcohol isn’t anything like recovering from a cold …

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What Happens When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep?

If you have issues falling asleep or maintaining restful sleep, you are not alone. It’s estimated that approximately one in three Americans suffer from insomnia related symptoms, and roughly seven percent of us are diagnosed with insomnia. If you’re an addict in recovery, you are anywhere from two to four times as likely to suffer from sleeping difficulties. Some trouble …

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Gratitude in Early Recovery

Learning to be grateful while in the beginning stages of recovery can bring a great amount of benefit and can be a very powerful tool to have. What are you grateful for today? To be sober, to have a family, to be alive are just some of the many possible reasons to be grateful for today. Expressing gratitude brings more …

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Signs of Addiction

Whether you’re a parent, a co-worker or a close friend of someone that might be struggling, there are a number of different signs to look out for to determine if someone is suffering from addiction. By looking at these signs of addiction and confronting your loved one, you may be saving their life. 1. Appetite loss or gain One of …

Do you need alcohol or drugs to be creative?

Do you need alcohol or drugs to be creative?

Creative types of people sometimes feel conflicted about getting treatment for addiction. On one hand, they know their habit is making life miserable, but on the other, they see drugs and alcohol as part of their creative process. They’re afraid that if they give up the drugs and alcohol, they won’t be able to work, or their work won’t be …

4 Facts About Addiction Many People Don’t Understand

4 Facts About Addiction Many People Don’t Understand

Fact #1 – Addiction rewires brain circuits Substance abuse causes changes in the brain. What starts as a euphoric experience becomes a continuous 24/7 effort to simply feel “normal”. The brain is rewired to compulsively seek the same high that has been chased. Even when faced with negative consequences, the addicted brain now naturally dismisses these events and is consumed …

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Boredom and Substance Abuse

After your time in a 12-step recovery program, your life changes for the better and the ways you used to occupy your time are not how you currently spend your free time. This can warrant pockets of time where boredom can develop. The problem is that boredom post-substance abuse can be a trigger for relapse. Similar to feelings of sadness …

Living with an Addict in Recovery

When your loved one was living a life with addiction, the most important things to them then were drugs or alcohol. After seeking help in a 12-step recovery program, things changed—but maybe not in the way that you expected. It’s normal to hope that your relationship will improve and that you will become a priority to them. The reality, however, …

Meeting God

You were on your way home when you died.
 It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.
 And that’s when …

In April 2012, Any Length Recovery Residences Opened its First Men’s Residence

In April 2012, Any Length Recovery Residences opened its first men’s residence, fulfilling a need for affordable, safe housing for men in early recovery. We provide structure and accountability to our residents to help them maintain and strengthen their recovery. We offer individual and group recovery support services, as well as opportunities for fellowship with men in the home and …

Any Length is Not Just a Sober Living Environment

Any Length is not just a sober living environment, it is a Recovery Residence. We have a structured program that will unify men to work together towards a universal solution. We provide an environment for individuals, who like us, could not live with or without drugs or alcohol. We sit down each day with our residents and show them how …

Why choose Any Length Retreat?

Before answering these questions, some really great questions to ask yourself are: Have you tried multiple attempts at getting sober and failed? Have you been in and out of addiction treatment centers and not found a solution to your addiction? Have you ever been to a 30-day drug and alcohol treatment center? Have you tried to control your alcohol and …

Sober Living is an Essential Element

Sober Living is an essential element for an individual who has graduated from an addiction treatment center. Whether that individual is an alcoholic or an addict, a Sober Living home can provide the necessary structure and accountability for one who is trying to recover from alcoholism and addiction. Sober Living homes are recommended for the individual that has participated in …

Any Length Retreat is helping men recover from their addiction.

Any Length Retreat is helping men recover from their addiction. Any Length Retreat recovery center for addiction we offer three different retreats, 30-day, 60-day, and 90-day programs. We offer a 30-day addiction recovery center retreat for those who need an in-depth look at the Twelve Steps after they have completed treatment. We offer a 60-day addiction recovery center retreat for …

Emotional Maturity

“If a repetition is to be prevented, place the problem, along with everything else, in God’s hands.” (BB pg 120)  The mature person has developed attitudes in relation to himself and his environment which have lifted him above “childishness” in thought and behavior. My Mind Is My Garden, My Thoughts Are My Seeds. I Will Harvest Either Flowers or Weeds. …

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The Any Length Retreat Uses the Twelve Steps of Recovery

The Any Length Retreat uses the Twelve Steps of recovery for our 30-day, 60-day, and 90-day addiction recovery center programs. We utilize these steps and the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous because they have helped millions of men and women find recovery and recreate their lives. All of our retreats are geared to help men recreate their lives permanently if …

BIG BOOK DEATH THREATS

BIG BOOK DEATH THREATS: It can be a useful exercise to go through the Big Book looking for where the Book tells us that we will drink unless we take (or refrain from) specific actions. There are seven main areas of such ‘death threats.’ By the way, they are ‘death threats’ because, for us, to drink is to die. The …

The Any Length Retreat’s Philosophy

The Any Length Retreat’s Philosophy The Any Length Retreat is located just north of Austin Texas on 5 acres. Any Length is an affordable alternative to recovery centers. We have a non-clinical drug rehabilitation that empowers men who have not had success in staying sober on their power or have tried countless other methods to achieve recovery and have failed …

Comprehensive, Holistic Focus

Comprehensive, Holistic Focus The exhaustive schedules of most clinical treatment centers have a tendency to stress patients out more than they provide the reassurance that recovery is supposed to provide. In such circumstances, it becomes quite difficult to retain information and to incorporate sobriety into one’s daily regimen. Instead, our 60-day addiction recovery center in Austin, Texas, could be seen …

90 Day Program

90 Day ProgramWhen most people think of addiction recovery, their minds go to sterile, clinical environments and thirty-day clinical treatment centers. However, the problem with most of those treatment centers is that patients must adhere to their preset curricula, which don’t always work for their specific needs. At Any Length Recovery Center, we pride ourselves on offering a complete and …

Looking Deep Within One’s Self

Looking Deep Within One’s Self One of the reasons that the 30-day addiction recovery center for men in Austin, Texas is considered a recovery staple is because it’s long enough to provide ample time for the critical components of restoration, but it’s not so long that a person who’s attempting recovery for the first time would be overly intimidated. When …

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Taking Your Recovery to the Next Level

Taking Your Recovery to the Next Level There are other benefits to our 30-day addiction recovery center for men in Austin, Texas. Not only do guests review their respective journeys into addiction, but many individuals also use the Any Length Retreat as a means of taking their recoveries to the next level. Whether you are coming to us as an …

30 Day Program

30 Day Program Do you want to stop relapsing? Any Length Recovery Center offers an intensive program for men who have relapsed while in sober living. The reason we offer a program like this one is that if you have relapsed while in sober living then you probably don’t need to go back to treatment.  There’s no right or wrong …

Today is a New Day.

Today is a new day. Take this opportunity to create a unique experience with the life that God has blessed you with today. See what you can bring to each moment that you get to participate in today. What are you grateful for today? What motivates you to be the best you can be for today? The past is gone, …

Responsibility and Accountability

While in active addiction, most addicts lose touch with many of the skills and abilities that are needed to be an independent member of society. For instance, they take very little care of their bodies and physical health, adopt unhealthy eating habits, and place minimal importance on their hygiene. This exacerbates the state of poor health caused by daily substance …

The Addiction Recovery Process is like a Puzzle with Many Different Pieces.

The addiction recovery process is like a puzzle with many different pieces. Of course, the journey differs for every addict, but each addict’s recovery will require several essential components. Active recovery is typically the period spent in the two-week, thirty-day, or sixty- day recovery center or treatment center, during which time an individual participates in individual therapy, group sessions, life …

Recovery and 12 Steps

Peanut butter and jelly, turkey and dressing, beans and rice, bacon and eggs. Somethings are just better served together. The same is accurate with recovery and 12 steps, willingness, honesty, and open-mindedness. We have a purpose to leave a legacy. We can leave one based on fact or based on fiction. Why do we as a society enjoy having things …

Recovered for Life Might Seem like a Bold Statement.

Recovered for Life might seem like a bold statement.  But is it? Is it unreasonable to believe that you and your loved one can recover from alcoholism/drug addiction permanently? Is it unreasonable to think that you and your family could become a whole unit and help other families find recovery?   Our alumni and parents used to think this way …

Where Do We Find Power?

Where do we find power? What kind of power do you want to live by? I believe there are two powers in this world: Darkness and Light. Everything is capable of emerging out of the darkness into the light. Nothing can outrace its own light. Powerful! So, why do we stay stuck? Why is it that at moments we get …

What is Our Purpose?

What is our purpose? Is it to get what we need and help others when we can? Can we get by each day if we only help others when it is convenient? Do we want to just merely survive, or do we want to grow and thrive; to become productive individuals and help rebuild communities. Many times, I only wanted …

The Present Moment is Free

“The greatest human quest is to know what one must do to become a human being.” —IMMANUEL KANT   The present moment is free. We have sometimes found it impossible to be in the moment. Today, I was driving to visit a friend in the hospital and ran a red light. Nothing tragic happened. I may or may not receive …

Let Go of Yesterday and Live Wholly for Today

Broken Dreams “As children bring their broken toys With tears for us to mend, I brought my broken dreams to God Because He was my Friend. “But instead of leaving Him In peace to work alone, I hung around and tried to help with ways that were my own. At last, I snatched them back and cried, “How can You …

RAW SPIRITUAL COURAGE:

“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us!   We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other, but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing. You have to …

HOW FREE DO YOU WANT TO BE?

“You forget that you have just now tapped a source of power much greater than yourself.” BB pg 63   God is in our innermost being, yet we look everywhere ‘out there’ in our life instead of where the Big Book tells us, “We found the Great Reality deep down within us.” I’ve found access to so much more power …

THUS WE GROW… giving it away to GET & KEEP IT!

Bill W & Dr. Bob told AA #3, Bill D, “We’re giving you a treatment for alcoholism.”  That was in June 1935. He never drank again. He too has become a respected and useful member of his community. So, you see, there were three alcoholics in that town, who now felt they had to give to others what they had …

On Step Two

The question the Big Book gives us for a beginner taking Step 2 is found on page 47: “Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?”   For those of us who are going through the Steps more than once or who already have a belief in a Higher …

Sober Living Environment

Do you have men that you have sent to a Sober Living environment but new that they needed more than that, but you may not have been confident that there was a place for them to go?   I believe that Any Length Retreat can help those men. We offer a recovery program at Any Length Retreat that guarantees that …

Importance of HomeGroup

For most of us a sense of belonging to something genuine hadn’t been a relevant factor in our lives for a long time or maybe not at all. For myself most of the times I associated with other people or groups in general it was very surface level and although I may physically had been apart of something I still …

The Importance of Sober Living

The importance of sober living has long been a question for addicts and the families of those alike. Isn’t it a bad idea to put a number of addicts and alcoholics all together under one roof? Shouldn’t my loved one be reintegrating back into the world with those who don’t struggle with addiction? Hopefully I can answer these and other …

5 Low Stress Jobs to Help You Make Ends Meet During Recovery

When you are just starting in recovery, it can be difficult to deal with just about anything else. Your focus needs to be on getting better and getting to the root of your addiction, but you likely also need some simple ways to make ends meet financially, too. Gig jobs can be a great option for people in recovery, and …

The importance of a homegroup

For most of us a sense of belonging to something genuine hadn’t been a relevant factor in our lives for a long time or maybe not at all. For myself most of the times i associated with other people or groups in general it was very surface level and although i may physically had been apart of something i still …

Working in Recovery

Human beings are in a constant and continuous conversation inside their minds. This dialogue that exists in our thoughts can be the source of great turmoil. All people struggle with the existence of mental conflict throughout their lifetime. Life is about finding satisfaction with one’s self. Society often leads one to believe that material possessions are the ultimate representation of …

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Dr. Samford Recommends Any Length

The good news is that there are many treatment and care options available for those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. The not so good news is that many providers in today’s marketplace have lost connection with ethical practices and providing quality client care. As a clinician in the field, it is imperative that I vet a program before referring …

Ev’ry Day (I’m) Recoverin

“Do you feel Lucky, Punk”? (or) Do you feel Blessed? We’re all familiar with the first quote from the Clint Eastwood movie, but what about that second question?  Do I feel Blessed? What the heck does that mean – I don’t go to church.  If you feel – either Lucky – or – Unlucky, most likely you subscribe to the …

How Your Body and Mind Heal After Getting Sober

Falling, falling, falling down a hole that will certainly and inevitably lead to death- somebody throws a rope down the hole and helps pull you out. Now what? Splattering to pieces and succumbing to an early death was all we had the blueprints for. Now there is all this talk of recovery and what to do after getting sober. It’s …

How Even Moderate Drinking Can Lead to Brain Decline

Ethanol and the intoxicating spirits derived from it have been around longer than anybody can account for. Alcohol and the severe or moderate drinking attached with it happens to be everywhere you turn. Whether celebrating or mourning something taking place or just completely trying to mask your feelings and hide from life- it has been an acceptable liquid to sip …

Why We Are NOT A “Treatment” Center

Do you want to stop going in and out of treatment centers? Do you want to stop relapsing? The Any Length Recovery Center for Men has an affordable alternative to treatment centers. Our experience has shown us, that if you are the real addict or alcoholic, many traditional treatment center techniques won’t be effective. If you’re a real alcoholic or drug …

New Study Concludes Drinking Makes You Older at a Cellular Level

We celebrate a birthday once a year but we are allowed to commemorate our unbirthdays 364 days of the year. In the end, age is just a number though. What really matters is life experience and understanding as we continue to age on a cellular level. We’re given this one vessel to live in doing with as we please and …

Texas Receives Millions in Aid to Fight Opioid Crisis

Human beings- what remarkable creatures! We have existed and endured for thousands of years through change. On a planet that is constantly revolving with its inhabitants evolving, we have overcome so much and continued to thrive through stimulated conditions. We have created cures to diseases that ran rampant at one point in time. We have adapted through the industrial revolution …

Why Do People Fear Getting Sober?

Nobody in their right mind stays awake at night praying and wishing they would become an alcoholic or a junkie the very next day. It doesn’t happen overnight just like that. Unfortunately, becoming a professional addict or alcoholic generally takes months or years of debauchery indulging and practice in ruining everything in your life and those that surround you. This …

How to Avoid and Overcome Isolation in Sobriety

Getting sand on your ice cream, spilling ketchup in your bed, or getting an all peanut butter sandwich without jelly- these are a few things I don’t care for. You know what else I don’t care for? My alcoholic thinking. It’s the worst when you enter recovery to better your life and the production ahead but only to find the …

The Role of Willpower in Addiction and Sobriety

As you read these words, think about you reading these words- then think about that. That’s, of course, a strange way to open up an article, but one that proves a point. The human brain creates its own perception of everything and the limitations are endless on one end of the spectrum. The things that gray, thriving organ does are …

The Importance of a Higher Power and Why it can be Anything You Want

Do you ever just wake up and sometimes feel like you’re in a bad version of Groundhogs Day? Nothing new or exciting really going on as routine and structure dictate the details of your life. Day in and day out- punch in and punch out. Everything just kind of becomes predictable. It can be a good thing and a bad …

Subtle Signs You’ve Become Complacent in Sobriety

I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes. Okay, okay, it’s cheesy, I know. The point to my horrible joke was to acknowledge that seeing the signs is always favorable. As addicts and alcoholics, we love to turn a blind eye to the things we don’t want to deal with and make them seemingly plausible nearly impossible. We’re …

Add These Tips to Your Daily Reprieve!

Have you ever stopped to just sit awestruck in amazement at how remarkable this one life we are given truly is? We are handed the power of choice and a conglomeration of opportunities to be something or nothing and live as we please- within boundaries of course. We, as in the human race, tend to make errors once in a …

10 Suggestions for Newcomers

Addiction is like this alter ego that lives inside of us. It has its own voice and makes demands pretty frequently. Upon immersing ourselves into the nasty waters of addiction and alcoholism, we usually find ourselves struggling to tread in the deep end (as the current will surely always take us). The chaos that amalgamates usually begins as a little …

What Drugs Don’t Show Up On a Standard Drug Test

As I hum the pink panther tune and think about how being sneaky comes so instinctively, it’s important to note that this is what addicts and alcoholics do. We have a gene in us that makes us the best liars, actors, and manipulators out there. This is not an excuse to act like a complete ass and do whatever we …

3 Types of Alcoholic Drinking

For many, knowing if you are actually an alcoholic can be confusing. Often, people are in denial and do not want to admit they have a drinking problem, or they simply do not want to believe they actually have alcoholic drinking tendencies. It is not commonly known what actually defines alcoholic drinking, and there are several different types. The “normal” …

10 Ways to Break Drug Cravings

Imagine yourself walking down the sidewalk. Maybe you’re texting on your phone or maybe you’re smoking a cigarette and just casually whistling the tune from Kill Bill. Maybe you’re lost and just walked into a yoga studio in session and made a bunch of noise rather rudely as you were caught off guard realizing it was not the restaurant you …

Why You Can’t Think Yourself Sober

More than likely, nobody would be taking the time to read this article if we hadn’t positioned ourselves to a point of needing help or advice from somebody with similar struggles who had also doused their life in kerosene and struck a match. Far too often, the bulk of us were living the dream and partying hard all day every …

10 Classic Signs of Enabling an Addict

The mysteries of life! We are all shot out into this world without the slightest inkling as to what’s ahead and the mistakes to come. Life is one of those things that just comes to you slowly where it’s best just to experience something for yourself rather than to be told about it. In this seeing is believing type of …

Faith Without Works is Dead

Life is a big learning game with a lot of curve balls thrown in our directions. Although we strike out often, the curve balls are the life lessons we need to make us better players. In a cynical frame of mind, life is just a collection of mistakes and we, as human beings, decide whether to brush them off or …

Why Addiction is a Disease

Imagine you’re walking down the hallway of life. You take a left heading one way, and then you take a right heading another. As you pick up the pace, you hear the scuffle of your feet and the after trail of your past and the footprints left in it. You take another left avoiding a specific thing, but shortly follow …

Admittance Vs. Acceptance

We’re all familiar with the age-old definition of insanity. You know, the one that kind of gets repeated to you after you’ve done something wrong for the 2nd or 3rd time…. or 6th, 7th, and 8th in my case. Well anyway, “they” say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again in the same …

The Importance of Prayer and Meditation

Waking up and getting out of bed, we have lived our lives with the playful concept that there is a right and wrong side of the bed to get out of. In the end, we know that the chances of fate being dependent upon which side of the room our feet hit the floor on first is very slim to …

Why Choose a Recovery Residence

Addiction is a demon that may sleep for a little bit, but never enters and eternal rest. As we scuffle through life smelling the roses here and there and taking it all in, often times addiction decides to take the reins and lead us off path for a while. Most of us never really see it coming, but things start …

Breakdown and Benefits of Alcoholics Anonymous

Unwelcome situations and uncomfortable moments have been the bane of my existence for years. For some ghastly amount of time, I have created senseless difficulties in my life- over and over again. Not that I personally enjoy encountering said issues, but because I never took a step back to identify the problems in my life that were reoccurring. “They” say …

How to Make Sober Supports

Addiction is a demon that may sleep for a little bit, but never ever departs from our sides entirely. As we scuffle through life smelling the roses here and there, often times addiction pulls a “Houdini” and appears out of nowhere. Most of us never really see it coming. We consistently justify our actions and thought processes and explain to …

What to Expect Detoxing from Alcohol

Every coin has a flip side, and this is about the other side of addiction. We’re all just having a grand ole time until the clock strikes twelve, Cinderella loses her glass slipper, and everything’s turning back into a pumpkin. Excuse my analogy, but my point being is that addiction and alcoholism always rear their ugly heads at some point. …

Advantages of Going to an All Male Rehab Facility

Living in a world where we are distracted by the thrill of adventure and blinded from the beauty of morality and predictability, what is one to do to make it in this world? We as addicts and alcoholics, or just human beings in general, we have a way of looking for anything we can to obtain the watered down version …

Top Addictive Prescription Pills

Living in a world of temptation and stress, how is it that we cope with the conglomeration of speed bumps tossed our way? It seems that in today’s day of age you have to constantly paddle just to stay half way above water- and even that’s not enough sometimes. One way or another we manage to deal with life on …

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Finding God in the Chores – Any Length Work Ethic

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]   The Any Length Retreat prides itself in doing good solid work. Daily our guests join in work ethic. Whether it is learning how to clean a kitchen properly, sweep and mop the floors, putting in a new window, or repairing a cattle guard. The possibilities are endless for our guests to learn how to do daily work ethic on our 5-acre …

Meditation

What is Meditation? Meditation is about a commitment to yourself and to the power of your understanding to sit still for a period to quiet the mind and focus on the breath. A time to reflect, seek guidance and listen for the intuitive thought. On the journey of recovery, this tool becomes a daily discipline that is essential to long-term …

Look Inside Yourself for a Solution to All Your Problems

Looking inside myself is not something that I am comfortable doing. I would rather get instant relief and seek comfort from the material world. Why is it that I would rather choose comfort over character? Why is it that I need to be disciplined in my spiritual walk? What I am is not what I always thought I was. Who …

12 Step Recovery and Sponsorship

I remember the first time I walked through my fear of becoming a sponsor and taking another man through the 12 steps. I had only six months of sobriety and felt like I had nothing to give to another alcoholic. Hundreds of questions continually popped into my head on a daily basis. Did I honestly have a spiritual experience? Was …

Any Length is Nalaxone Trained

http://keyetv.com/news/local/walgreens-to-make-anti-overdose-drug-that-prevents-opioid-deaths-accessible AUSTIN, Texas — Right now, Austin Police continue to investigate a string of overdose deaths they believe were caused by the drug fentanyl.It’s a synthetic opioid that is 100 times stronger than morphine and can prove lethal in the smallest of doses.This, as the nation struggles with a heroin epidemic. “You fill those holes not with drugs, but with …

Growing Spiritually

  Growing spiritually is like working out at the gym. After the first training session, I desire immediate results. Similarly, once I begin to seek God, I receive immediate results, though I may not see them or they are not what I expect. Just as I train my muscles at the gym, if I want to progress spiritually, I must …

The Greatest Gift

  What is the greatest gift? Today, step outside of yourself. In doing so I get to go deeper within. Have you ever done something for someone and immediately felt connected to Power? Unblocking self is as simple as saying a prayer for a friend or stopping and giving a compliment to a “stranger”. I believe we are all connected …

Give Thanks

  Life is truly amazing. We should be truly baffled by the beauty of this world. We are spearheads of God’s ever-advancing creation. We are perfect in the eyes of our Maker, and therefore, should not sell ourselves short. We tried that and only diminished our worth through self-robbery. We make Him proud by simply singing His name. However, how …

Power Is Within My Friends

  PHOTO PROVIDED BY: HANK EDWARDS “The greatest human quest is to know what one must do in order to become a human being.” —IMMANUEL KANT Where do we find power? What kind of power do you want to live by? I believe there are two powers in this world: Darkness and Light. Everything is capable of emerging out of the darkness …

Any Length Extended Care – Opening June 1st 2016

Welcome to Any Length Extended Care! We have a structured program that will unify men to work together towards a common solution. We provide an environment for individuals, who like us, could not live with or without drugs or alcohol. We sit down each day with our residents and show them how to live a life of abundance. At Any Length, …

Purpose in Life

    Photo Provided by: Hank Edwards http://www.hankedwardsfinearts.com/    What is the purpose of the 12 steps? It has been our experience that the 12 steps allow an individual who is suffering from over concentration upon ones self to move away from selfishness/self centeredness and begin to live in an unselfish way. The process of the 12 steps in recovery …

Inspiration

  Be inspired today. Make a decision to live today as if it were your last. Leave no stone unturned. Take time to think of of others and how you may be helpful to them. Today is a gift, and we get to be present to the the Sunlight of the Spirit. Forgive those whom you hold grudges against and …

Grandpa’s Farm

Grandpas Farm is a great place to be free. The warmth of the sun coming through the drapes and the smell of firewood burning filled the space. My grams stands in the kitchen preparing pumpkin pie and holiday food. Crazy Uncle sits fifteen feet high, cigar in mouth but not even lit, waiting waiting for the deer feeder to go …

Give Freely

Give like the Earth. Today give of yourself. What if today the trees decided, ” Well guys, we are not going to give out any oxygen today because we do not like the way those humans are treating earth. Let’s see what happens when they cannot breathe.” Thank goodness Mother Earth does not put expectations on giving. Trees do not …

Morning Reflection

At Any Length, through our experience, we have found morning prayer and meditation effective. We believe, especially early on in recovery and in sober living houses, it is important to lay down a solid foundation. So, why not begin each day with seeking God? At Any Length, we begin each day with prayer and meditation. Prayer and meditation are two …

Sunlight

Today I have been given the Power to help others. I am not the Power. I have no power. The Power is deep within. I am powerless.  I am happy and free. This, continues to interest me as I continue to grow spiritually. At certain times I feel and think that I am powerful and boy do my actions show …

Freedom

All of the Any Length staff is in recovery, we understand what you and your family has gone through. We have made it through the wringer and have had an experience in recovery that we believe you will not want to miss. Through our experiences, Any Length has developed an effective program that will enable you to take action in a …

Question and Answer

Why should you or a loved one go into a sober living environment or a recovery residence? Our experience proves that when drug addicts and alcoholics reside in a recovery residence, their liklihood of obtaining longevity in recovery is greatly improved. This, of course, is provided that the individual takes continuous action in his or her program of recovery. The …

Alcoholics Anonymous

The label “Alcoholics Anonymous” evokes a certain stigma that most people new to sobriety are not comfortable with. The idea of going to a meeting where someone might see you is uncomfortable in early sobriety. Even admitting that you’re an alcoholic can take time to get used to. Alcoholics Anonymous is Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous is intended to be just that …