Learning How to Forgive


The theme of forgiveness runs throughout traditional 12-step addiction recovery programs. Adolescents and young adults who are recovering from substance abuse are suggested to reach out to the people in their lives who may have been hurt by their addiction. […]

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Transitional Living for Addiction Recovery


The classic model of inpatient residential treatment for drug addiction and alcoholism provides at least twenty-eight days of therapy, counseling and education. Prior to the regular thirty day program commonly called “rehab” is the detox process which can last up […]

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Coming Clean About Not Staying Clean: Communicating Relapse


Recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism begins with the firm commitment to get- and stay- sober. That commitment inherently forces honest communication about a relapse. Relapse is an unfortunate part of many adolescent’s recovery journeys. Getting sober at a young […]

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Encouraging Honesty in Adolescent Recovery


The psychological toll of addiction in an adolescent’s life is far-reaching. New ways of thinking and habitual patterns of conduct take over, due to the rewiring of their thought processes by drugs and alcohol. Ultimately an adolescent suffering from addiction […]

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Addiction: What is my teen thinking?


To a sober outsider, the thought processes of a drug addict appear to be devoid of logic and reason. Why do they continue to choose drugs and alcohol over family, friends, happiness and health? Addicts appear to forego any sense […]

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Should I Tell an Addict He’s in Denial?


Convincing a teenager to halt the use of social media might be easier than assuring them of their problems with substance abuse. Friends and family will painfully witness an adolescent addict or alcoholic’s suffering for years. Fearful of driving their […]

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The Effects of Vicodin Addiction


Vicodin is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is an opiate painkiller, and acetaminophen is a non-opiate painkiller that is also available in over-the-counter medications. A person who uses Vicodin for any extended period of time can develop a […]

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Caffeine Addiction is a Telling Glimpse into the Pattern of Relapse


Many people have experienced a “need” for a cup of coffee when they wake up in the morning and before they face any of the issues of their day. When they do not get their coffee, they might experience headaches […]

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Getting Help for a Loved One with a Gambling Problem


Compulsive gamblers often justify their conduct by arguing that it is a solitary activity. They claim that they gamble by themselves and that they are not hurting anyone when they do gamble. Their families and friends, however, know that the […]

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Man’s Best Friend: Animal-Assisted Therapy


Animal-assisted therapy has progressed well beyond the remarkable world of seeing-eye dogs. Horses, dogs, cats, and other domesticated animals have been enlisted to help mobility-impaired individuals, to sense the onset of illnesses through their enhanced olfactory senses, and now to […]

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I first met Sayeh in November of 2013 just after my 15 year old daughter had been admitted to a residential treatment program. As part of the program I was required to attend 2-3 AlAnon meetings a week. Sayeh attended the same AlAnon meetings as well as Alumni events as I. It soon became apparent to me that Sayeh had a heart for recovery, program, and God. When I was encouraged to get a sponsor I didn’t hesitate. Dependable, respectful, kind and generous of spirit, she exudes an inner peace that I hope to achieve with her loving guidance, as I work my own program. She is patient, & full of wisdom that she is always happy to share with her sponsees and fellow parents. I am so grateful our journeys brought us together.

Megan
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