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Why Forgiveness in Addiction Recovery Is Important

Why Forgiveness in Addiction Recovery Is Important

There are many reasons that forgiveness helps recovering addicts maintain healthy and happy recovery, but how do you do it? Learn tips about how to forgive.

Forgiveness in my addiction recovery is important for my emotional and spiritual health. Addiction recovery takes much more than just going through the treatment process to become whole again, but it did provide me with the tools necessary to live a life that is free of alcohol. When I completed treatment four-and-a-half years ago, I had to put those tools to work and still have to remain vigilant to keep my recovery alive and successful. In treatment, I learned about addiction, triggers, relapse prevention, and the need for honesty, acceptance, and gratitude. However, there was another key element that has furthered my addiction recovery progress even more – forgiveness.

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Safe Injection Sites: What Are They?

Safe Injection Sites: What Are They?

Safe injection sites are becoming more popular across the world (Heroin Abuse, Heroin Overdose). But only two exist in North America, both in Vancouver, British Columbia. So what are safe injections sites and what benefits and concerns do they bring?

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Benefits of 12-Step Addiction Recovery Programs

Benefits of 12-Step Addiction Recovery Programs

The benefits of 12-step addiction recovery programs is a hotly-debated, emotionally-charged issue. Here's why 12-step recovery programs offer great benefit.

Addiction recovery 12-step programs have many benefits and are widely popular. However, 12-step programs also attract a lot of criticism. For me, the benefits far outweigh any drawbacks.

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Substance Withdrawal: Alcohol, Opiates and Benzodiazepines

Substance Withdrawal: Alcohol, Opiates and Benzodiazepines

Substance use withdrawal from alcohol, opiates and benzodiazepines is unpleasant and can be dangerous or even fatal, as I wrote about in my last post, Dehumanizing Addicts: A Stigma Leading To Deaths. But different substances produce different kinds of withdrawals and dangers. Here is an overview of withdrawal symptoms for alcohol, opiates, and benzodiazepines (a future post will address more substances).

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Why I Sought God in Early Sobriety

Why I Sought God in Early Sobriety

I sought God early in sobriety. Faith in God or a Higher Power is a controversial issue among recovering alcoholics. Many of us grew up in homes where religion was forced upon us and consequently eschewed prayer or reliance upon any God later in life (Addiction Recovery Programs: One Step Forward, 12 Steps Back). For myself, I was not opposed to the concept as much as others, and found, in early sobriety, that it was a great comfort to me. Here are the reasons why I felt compelled to find belief in God in early sobriety and how I did it. 

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Improved Access to Substance Abuse Treatment Needed

Improved Access to Substance Abuse Treatment Needed

We need improved access to substance abuse treatment in the United States. Ludicrous wait times and addiction treatment prices are costing Americans too much in every way. Improving access to substance abuse treatment would save lives, money, and countless intangible types of loss.

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Naloxone, Narcan Saves Lives from Opioid Overdose

Naloxone, Narcan Saves Lives from Opioid Overdose

Naloxone (brand name Narcan)  saves lives from opioid overdose by reversing the effects of an opioid overdose. America’s problem–some say epidemic— with heroin and prescription opioids is big news, so why is naloxone, which saves lives from opioid overdose, controversial?

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Dual Diagnosis: You Must Treat Addiction and Mental Illness

Dual Diagnosis: You Must Treat Addiction and Mental Illness

It’s important to treat both the mental illness and the addiction if you have a dual diagnosis. Like most people I know in recovery, I have dual diagnosis (also called co-occurring disorders). This just means that I have been diagnosed with a mental illness in addition to having addiction problems. Dual diagnosis is extremely common–after all, many people abuse substances in order to cover up the effects of a mental illness. If you do have a dual diagnosis, you must treat the addiction and the mental illness.

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How I Got Sober and Clean

How I Got Sober and Clean

I just celebrated a sobriety birthday, an event that always prompts reflection on how I got sober and clean in the first place. I do believe that a power greater than myself, a divine power, is ultimately responsible for me still being alive (Winehouse Death Due to Alcohol Poisoning and Tolerance). That being said, there are some practical components that have been vital to my getting sober and clean and staying that way.

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Take Action in Alcohol Recovery and Stop Arguing

Take Action in Alcohol Recovery and Stop Arguing

One thing I’ve learned is to take action in alcohol recovery and stop arguing. Recent well-publicized articles criticizing 12-step programs have been making the social media rounds and set off another flurry of commentary and response (of which I’m a part). I’d like to suggest, however, doing something that in some ways is becoming easier and easier to avoid in the world of instant information–get off the Internet, stop arguing and take action for alcohol recovery.

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