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The Names We Call Ourselves

  “I’m so fat.”   “I can’t believe I bombed that test. I’m such an idiot.”   “I’m useless; I’ll never amount to anything.”   It all begins sometime during early childhood. We look to our parents or primary caregivers for guidance, support, and acceptance; as far as we know, what they say is law.…

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Early Recovery Myth Busters

Early recovery is a trying time, no two ways about it. Every aspect of our lives is completely altered in the matter of a few brief months. We must relearn (or learn for the first time) how to behave like productive, principled, self-sufficient adults. We must put down the drink or the drug, and finally…

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Men and Porn Addiction

The American pornography industry first started gaining momentum in the 1960s, and has become increasingly widespread and lucrative ever since. With the invention of the internet, pornography became available in a way it never had been. Currently, porn-related websites generate more online traffic than any other type of existing site, and the porn industry as…

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Do I Need IOP After Rehab?

IOP, which stands for Intensive Outpatient Program, is often a recommended next step for those who have recently graduated a residential program of recovery. IOP, unlike residential treatment, only requires patients to meet for several hours every day – once therapeutic sessions come to an end, patients return to their own homes for the remainder…

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How to Stay Sober on Turkey Day

No doubt about it – the holidays, while maybe the most wonderful time of the year, can also be the most stressful. Planning feasts, choosing the perfect presents, and compiling a lengthy list of resolutions… it can all be a bit overwhelming. We may pile our plates too high entirely, or feel obligated to participate…

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FOMA and Addiction Recovery

We all have our own little lists of relapse triggers; things to actively avoid at all costs. For some of us, triggers might include sitting alone in a bar, working late shifts as a bartender, or helping a diabetic inject their insulin. Whatever it is, we know that the healthiest thing to do is occupy…

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Ethical Treatment? Never Heard of It.

Something isn’t quite right when your lab ‘fires’ you for bringing in too few urine tests.  Watching a loved one struggle with substance dependency is an emotionally devastating experience; those of us who have experienced active addiction firsthand know that there is little we wouldn’t do to help end their suffering. Because we are so…

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Men and Compulsive Overeating

Compulsive overeating is a huge problem amongst American adults, though it gets minor media coverage in comparison to most other serious, addictive disorders. Because of this, many individuals who face compulsive overeating or binge eating disorder (BED), face both misunderstanding and stigma. Despite widespread stigma, the Journal of American Medicine estimates that over one-third of…

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Finding Freedom in Recovery

We begin the journey of recovery because we want to be free – free from the unrelenting and all-encompassing cycle of obsession, compulsion, and regret. Finally, enough is enough. We decide that we have suffered enough emotional torment; we are truly sick and tired of being sick and tired. We are sick and tired of…