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Life is A Spell…

Life is A Spell…

Life is a spell so exquisite; everything conspires to break it – Emily Dickenson

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Why does forgiveness play such a large role in recovery?  The quickest way to change behavior is to get involved in making it right. Many times, going forward requires going backwards. Forgiveness is a backwards – forwards motion……go back, forgive yourself then you can forgive […]

Can We Reverse the Brain Damage That Drug Use Causes?

Can We Reverse the Brain Damage That Drug Use Causes?

By Alex Orlando Source: www.discovermagazine.com All addictive drugs work within the brain, but the feelings of euphoria that they produce often come at a cost. Some can cause brain damage by triggering seizures or strokes — or even result in direct, toxic effects on brain cells. […]

7 business leaders who are completely open about their struggles with alcohol and drugs

7 business leaders who are completely open about their struggles with alcohol and drugs

Source: BusinessInsider.com By Allana Akhtar The number of fatal drug overdoses in the US has risen significantly between 1999 and 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the world’s alcohol consumption is set to rise by 17% over the next decade. Pressure to drink at […]

The First Step

The First Step

People assume you aren’t sick unless they see the sickness on your skin like scars forming a map of all the ways you’re hurting. My heart is a prison of Have you tried?s Have you tried exercising? Have you tried eating better? Have you tried […]

Alone

Alone

 “Being alone is not synonymous with incompleteness. Having a partner is not a precondition for completeness.” ― Khang Kijarro Nguyen

Deep brain stimulation may offer a new tool to fight opioid addiction

Deep brain stimulation may offer a new tool to fight opioid addiction

West Virginia University researchers launch first clinical trial using brain implants as addiction treatment

Heroin now kills more people than guns: Drugs overdoses claimed 50,000 lives in the US last year

Heroin now kills more people than guns: Drugs overdoses claimed 50,000 lives in the US last year

By Chris Summers For Mailonline and Associated Press More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the highest figure ever. The tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, especially fentanyl. Heroin deaths rose 23 per […]

Everything I Never Wanted to Be: A Memoir of Alcoholism and Addiction (Excerpt)

Everything I Never Wanted to Be: A Memoir of Alcoholism and Addiction (Excerpt)

I felt empty and sad for years, and for a long, long time, alcohol worked. I’d drink, and all the sadness would go away. Not only did the sadness go away, but I was fantastic. I was beautiful, funny, I had a great figure, and I could do math. But at some point, the booze stopped working.

Coping With Depression During the Holidays

Coping With Depression During the Holidays

The holidays are rapidly approaching; what is seen as the “most wonderful time of the year” for most, because of the colorful, beaming lights, family gatherings and hearty food, can be a very hard time to push through for most others. Whether you’re down because […]