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Stages of Addiction

Addiction can develop in stages as drug or alcohol use becomes more problematic and dysfunctional. The stages of addiction listed below are a roadmap, but like with any disease, an individual’s personal experience will be unique. Experimentation and Initial Use The first steps toward addiction generally involve an initial use of alcohol or drugs and…

a man facepalms after missing the signs of a high functioning addict

Signs of a High Functioning Addict

A person who can function while addicted to drugs presents a special and unique kind of risk because they often can mask their addiction. Friends and family might have little idea of the turmoil that their loved one faces. Recognizing the signs of a high functioning drug addict is essential to get them help and address the…

Faith-Based Addiction Recovery

Faith-Based Addiction Recovery If you’re considering entering an addiction treatment program, you’re probably already at least somewhat familiar with the 12-step program. The 12-step program looks like this: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.…

Top 10 Famous Addiction Recovery Stories

Top 10 Famous Addiction Recovery Stories   There are millions of addiction recovery stories, but not enough are covered in the media – except when it involves a celebrity. Here are some of our favorite famous addiction recovery stories. Celebrities are humans, just like us, and despite their fame, money and cool occupation, many celebrities…

Opioid Deaths Have Fallen – Or Have They?

Opioid Deaths Have Fallen – Or Have They?   Preliminary data shows that opioid deaths have fallen  (maybe) by 5 percent in 2018 — the first drop in overdose deaths since the country’s opioid epidemic began in the 1990s. The statistics about opioid abuse in general are shocking. The data, first reported by the New…

Substance Abuse and Homelessness

Substance Abuse and Homelessness For years, scientists, government agencies and others have been studying the link between substance abuse and homelessness. The two are directly related and studies reaffirm this. For example: substance abuse can lead to homelessness and vice versa. That’s probably no surprise to anyone, especially if you’ve seen celebrities struggle with addiction.…

When to Call Your AA Sponsor

When to Call Your AA Sponsor Knowing when to call your AA sponsor is sometimes difficult and confusing. We’ve put together the top 10 times you should call your sponsor. 1. If you find yourself stressed out by friends, family, work, school or in any situation (ex. during the holidays), you should pick up the…

Questions to Ask Your Treatment Provider

Questions to Ask Your Treatment Provider If you’re thinking about going to or sending someone into treatment, you need to know what questions to ask your treatment provider. This is the minimum amount of due diligence that must be done to ensure any reasonable chance of success. There are many reasons that getting it right…