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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,... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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.... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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,... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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