Old Haunts, New Friends

You did it. You managed your addiction in rehab, and now you’re taking the first steps toward sober living back at home. You’re going to the gym, easing back into work, and feeling more like yourself every day. You’ve even met new friends who are clean and enjoy the same hobbies. But here’s the problem: Your…

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Who Is an Addict?

Losers. Low-lifes. Weak-minded people who can’t hold down a job. There are many addiction stereotypes, but the truth is that many addicts look just like you and me. What are addicts like? They’re people you’d never expect to be struggling with addiction. They’re mothers and fathers, children and honor students, brilliant businesspeople and gifted artists.…

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Explaining an Alcohol-Free Home

If you’re like many sober people, you know how difficult it can be to explain to family members and friends why you choose to keep your home alcohol-free. Just because the adult members of your family don’t drink doesn’t mean you can’t entertain, however — yet announcing “my family doesn’t drink” seems a bit blunt.…

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The Cycle of Addiction

When you grow up around addiction, life is not always easy. Your relationship with your parent or loved one is fraught with tension. Your loved one may be unreliable or unreachable. They may show generous love and then take it away. They are so conflicted by their struggle with addiction that they cannot love themselves,…

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What is Rehab Really Like?

If you are thinking about going to rehab, but you’re concerned about what residential recovery is really like, you’re not alone. Many people resist getting the help they need out of fear of the unknown. You might be worried about the side effects of detox. You might be overwhelmed by not knowing how you’ll spend…

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