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The Stigma of Addiction

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 by

People who face addiction also deal with the social stigma attached to having an alcohol or drug problem. Addiction is a powerful disease that changes people and often leads to a life of repeated disappointments and failed restarts. These failures are frequently visible to friends, family, and employers. As family and others watch on, often

Much has been written over the years about the process of living drug free and maintaining a sober life. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous were among the earliest programs that provided its members a path to freedom. Throughout recovery literature are detailed accounts of recovering addicts who learned that drinking and drugging were actually only

Believe In The Power Of Recovery

Monday, 27 April 2015 by

Achieving something of value typically begins with the belief that one can accomplish a goal if they set their mind to it. With an addiction problem, self-doubt can creep into the picture and keep a person from believing that they can change or that living drug free is truly attainable. As a counselor, I have

Support in the Recovery Process

Thursday, 29 January 2015 by

Stepping onto the path of recovery is a huge, positive step. Your commitment to change is the key ingredient in staying on that path. Research has consistently shown that those who remain engaged longer in the treatment and recovery process have a much greater likelihood of successful, long-term sobriety. This path of recovery offers information,

Creating A Positive Life

Monday, 13 October 2014 by

Alcohol and drug addiction most definitely take their toll … often for many consecutive years. A large number of people who currently suffer with addictive disease developed this illness gradually. However, there are the dramatic experiences variety in which someone becomes quickly addicted to a drug like heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamine after using only a

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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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ABC News anchor, Elizabeth Vargas, recently went public with her struggle with alcoholism. After many years of concealing her addiction, she finally sought help and embraced recovery for her illness. In a candid interview with long time co-anchor, George Stepanopoulos, Elizabeth explains how her chemical use covered up feelings of panic & anxiety. Her testimony

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