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Can Abstinence Include Marijuana?

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Here, we will discuss and unpack the myth of “marijuana maintenance” by answering the question: Can Abstinence Include Marijuana? First, it’s important to understand the framework behind this common and controversial inquiry. Abstinence can be defined as the process of avoiding or not engaging in addictive substances and/or behaviors. Abstaining from the use of illicit… Read On »

Why Drinking To Self-Medicate Depression Will Never Work

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Self-medicating depression or any other kind of mood disorder with a substance like alcohol will always be a failed practice. First, let’s look at the basics of the idea of “self-medication.” We take on the responsibility of doctors in deciding what our mental health does and does not look like, as well as what a… Read On »

Are Overdoses Intentional?

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Overdoses are largely unintentional. Suddenly losing someone to overdose is an overwhelming and confusing event- did they intend to end their lives, or was the overdose accidental? The large majority of drug overdoses are classified as accidental. According to the North Carolina Controlled Substance Reporting System, 12% of drug overdose deaths in 2014 were self-inflicted. Prescription… Read On »

Darkness Doesn’t Fall At Night

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During the daytime, it is easy to stay busy and distracted from what can sometimes be overwhelming and uncomfortable thoughts about drinking and using. When the sun is out, or if it isn’t out, during the working hours of the day, the world is alive and buzzing. We can hop onto that current and ride… Read On »

What to Do On a Friday Night

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The fear of missing out is a very real experience during the first few months to the first year of recovery from drugs and alcohol. Our last drink or drug, our last drunk, high, as well as our last good time while intoxicated, is not far behind us. In our brain chemistry, the equation for… Read On »

Do’s Of Dating In Recovery

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Dating in recovery is a fascinating and exciting experience. You’ve worked hard to recover who you were before you started drinking or using, who you are as a sober individual, and who you want to be in your future. Exploring the connection your new holistic self can have with others can be an educational, transformative… Read On »

Creating Your Recovery

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  Imagine starting a garden. You plot the space, build the beds, buy the soil, lay it down, pick what you want to grow, plant the seeds, and then never tend to the garden again. You don’t water the seeds, you don’t pull weeds, and you don’t do anything to care for what you’re trying… Read On »

Make The Most Of Meditation

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Meditation can and will change our lives with regular practice. To make the most of our meditation time, we need only to follow a few simple suggestions. Set A Meditation Time Meditation is absolutely an anytime practice- you can practice meditation in any way you want, any time of day, as long as you take… Read On »

Personal Growth As A Lifestyle

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In our previous blog post, we talked about the difference between passive and active recovery, as well as the grave danger we put ourselves in when we let our recovery become passive. Working a program of recovery includes more than a sponsor, working with newcomers, attending 12-Step meetings, and being of service to others. At… Read On »

Active vs. Passive Recovery

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  Listen to stories of relapse from members of recovery fellowships and you’ll come to here a generally similar tale. At some point, individuals who relapsed stopped practicing their program of recovery. Over time, their meeting count slipped. They stopped calling their sponsor. Rather than put themselves in “the middle of the herd” and join… Read On »