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Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) 101

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Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is the study of how the brain, nervous system, and immune system impact each other. Researchers are beginning to discover ways in which the central nervous system and immune system communicate with each other, and these findings are the basis of PNI. PNI offers an interdisciplinary approach to disease, taking into account psychology,… Read On »

The Sugar Fix: Why We Crave It In Early Recovery

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In the chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous titled “The Family Afterward,” the authors touch on a variety of subjects about what life is like for the family after a loved one has recovered from alcoholism. Briefly, the authors touch on health and specifically touch on a curious part of nutrition for those who are in the… 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 »

Layers Of Forgiveness

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There are many takes on a similar sentiment of resentment and forgiveness. Resentment, or anger, is a poison we consume in an effort to hurt someone else. If we are harboring anger and resentment toward them, we are holding forgiveness toward them captive. Somehow, we believe, that by withholding forgiveness from another person, we can… Read On »

Experiences Of Early Recovery

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How one defines early recovery can vary. For some, early recovery constitutes up until the first two years, when the disease of addiction is said to go into remission. For others, early recovery is only the first six months to the completion of the first year. In the rooms of 12-Step fellowships like Alcoholics Anonymous,… Read On »

How Social Connection Plays A Role In Recovery

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The neuroscience model of addiction radically changed the way the world can see the brain functions of addiction. For the first time, it became evident that addiction was compulsive and that morality, goodness, or choice, had little to do with what compelled the brain to turn to drugs. Most of the neuroscience model experiments looked… Read On »