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Benefits of Male-Exclusive Treatment

It has been repeatedly proven that those who undergo treatment at a gender specific facility have immensely increased odds of maintaining long-term sobriety. Up until the early 1990s, drug addiction and alcoholism were viewed as predominantly male disorders, and most addiction treatment programs were geared exclusively towards men. Women who struggled with addiction were often…

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Attachment Disorders

Attachment refers to the profound connection developed between a child and his or her caregiver. This connection will deeply affect a child’s development, as well as his or her ability to effectively express emotions and develop healthy and meaningful relationships later on in life. Individuals who suffer from attachment disorders will experience extreme difficulty managing…

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Finding Balance in Addiction Recovery

Addiction of any kind involves being constantly off balance – the sufferer experiences extreme highs and extreme lows and seems to reside in a very black-and-white world. The addict spends the vast majority of his or her time obsessing over a chemical substance or an activity, paying very little attention to things like work or…

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Reduce Anxiety – The Sober Way

Xanax. Ativan. A drink or two to ‘take the edge off’. As addicts and alcoholics, we strive to reduce uncomfortable emotions in any way possible. Feeling less than euphoric is literally our least favorite thing ever. That’s why we drink and do drugs to excess. Drinking and doing drugs numbs the tremendous pain that we…

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Working Through Resentment

A resentment is defined as a bitter indignation at having been treated unfairly. When we flunk a class we believe we should have passed with flying colors, we form a resentment towards that ignorant professor. When we get cheated on after years of selfless sacrifice and devotion, we form a resentment towards our ungrateful scumbag…

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Surviving a Break-Up in Early Recovery

Breaking up is hard to do. Add an alcoholic mind to the mix and you’ve got a recipe for incessant texts and phone calls, erratic, self-destructive behavior, and a deep-running resentment that may take years to effectively work through. One of the most common (and ignored) suggestions that a newcomer will receive is, “Don’t enter…

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Am I a Workaholic?

Work ethic is one of the longest-standing American values – and it is a national value that citizens certainly take to heart. Americans are far more likely to work nights and weekends than workers in other wealthy countries, and are exceedingly more likely to put in longer hours during the week. While studies show that…

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The 5 Phases of Addiction Recovery

It has been repeatedly proven that the longer a patient remains in treatment, the greater chance he or she has of staying sober long-term. It has also been proven that the length or treatment directly correlates to the success of treatment. For example, an alcoholic who simultaneously struggles with unresolved childhood trauma and problems relating…

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Internet Sex Addiction and The Age of Cybersex

The concept of a ‘technological addiction’ is somewhat difficult for the inexperienced layman to wrap his mind around. How could someone possibly be addicted to the Internet? I mean sure, some people use the world wide web a bit excessively, Googling everything and constantly posting real-time updates to their social media accounts. Some people take…

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Sex Addiction – Much More Than An Inclination

“Oh come on, sex addiction isn’t real. It’s just an excuse to get laid a lot.” “He’s a sex addict? It probably isn’t safe to be around him one-on-one.” “Sex addiction? What are you complaining about? If I could have any ‘disorder’ I’d choose one that allowed me to have sex all the time! Get…