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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 »

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 »

The Joy of Boundaries

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Boundaries are the invisible rolls of caution tape we put up around our limitations emotionally, mentally, financially, and physically. Though others can’t see our boundaries, they can hear them and know them through our communication, as well as our actions. For people with an addicted loved one, these boundaries can be difficult to set, even… Read On »

Learning To Take A Deep Breath

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Check in to your breathing, right this moment. When was the last time you consciously forced yourself to become conscious of your breath or your breathing? You might be startled to find that your breathing is so shallow it hardly feels like you are breathing at all. You might be breathing quickly for no reason.… Read On »

What Can I Do To Support a Loved One In Treatment?

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The common suggestion for packing to attend a traditional treatment program is to pack about two weeks worth of clothing for a variety of activities. With multiple activities and outings taking place every day, clothing is used up and reused very quickly. Something as simple as a fresh set of outfits that provide more options… Read On »

Saying Yes To Life

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If someone offered you a million dollars, chock free, without a single condition or attachment or tax to pay, would you take it? Your answer is probably yes, after you checked out every possible angle of a scam or scandal. What would you do with that million dollars? Chances are you’ve thought about it once… Read On »

Why Don’t People Seek Treatment?

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Life does come with real responsibilities that can make taking time for treatment a challenge. We have jobs, family, friends, social circles, and many other areas of our life which demand our time, energy, and focus. However, when we’re honest with ourselves about the toll addiction is taking on our lives, we can see clearly,… 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 »