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Facing life problems during early recovery can be a hard dose of reality. Because of this, it is important for recovering people to heed the well-known AA slogan “Keep it simple” in order to avoid feeling overwhelmed. The recovery process itself (and confronting one’s addiction problems in treatment) can stir up lots of feelings that

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Throughout history in the United States, there has been a trend in treatment and recovery circles to place a high priority on privacy and anonymity when it comes to addressing one’s struggle with alcohol and drugs. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have long promoted anonymity among their fellowships. There is also the social stigma and

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Online 12 Step Resource

Monday, 02 June 2014 by

There is an online community of recovering individuals who have joined an internet-based meeting forum by the name of InTheRooms.com. This website hosts live online 12 step meetings and facilitates interaction between people who share the common cause of seeking sobriety and making positive changes in their lives. Paul Savery of the N.C Department of

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Alcohol and Drug Services Video

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 by

Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS) launched a new website in late 2013. As part of our agency marketing and outreach efforts, ADS also posted a brief video overview of our services on Youtube. The video is located below. Visitor numbers to the newly renovated ADS website have nearly doubled in the last few months. As

Project Lazarus

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 by

Project Lazarus is a secular, non-profit organization that was established in 2008 with the aim of preventing drug overdose throughout North Carolina. The organization accomplishes this by providing technical assistance to clinicians and community groups, working to build community coalitions, and helping to develop overdose prevention programs. The Project Lazarus website (www.ProjectLazarus.org) contains important data

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Marijuana Addiction Is Real

Monday, 18 November 2013 by

Marijuana is addictive. Regular users often defend pot as “not that big of a deal”. However, the reality is that 9% of users become dependent on marijuana (source DrugFree.org) and will experience persistent memory, thinking, and behavioral problems as well as significant lifestyle disruption while their use of pot continues over time. These individuals will

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Staying Sober During the Holidays

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 by

The end of the year is approaching. With that, comes a variety of holidays and celebrations that can sometimes leave us feeling stressed, even sad. Each person is different in how they feel during the holidays. When striving to live alcohol & drug free, feelings play an important role in what people choose to do

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Helping Someone In Opioid Overdose

Thursday, 17 October 2013 by

Death from opioid overdose is occurring across the country and is a chief concern for parents and families everywhere. The opioid epidemic has put many people at risk, particularly youth who often have limited understanding of the potential dangers of drug use and drug overdose. This video outlines steps which anyone can take to help

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Denial As Part of Addiction

Thursday, 03 October 2013 by

Some people live a long time displaying the obvious signs of an alcohol or drug problem. The negative consequences of substance abuse can pile up over the years: reprimands at work, job loss, legal charges, family arguments, broken promises, a wrecked car, unpaid bills. Yet, many people with a clear problem act as if nothing

Technology and Recovery

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 by

Today’s technology is a valuable tool for recovering people, their families, treatment professionals, and most all organizations that serve our local community. From desktop PC’s, to laptops and tablets, to smartphones with internet access, we are all finding new ways to communicate with one another and to obtain the information that we need as quickly

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