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Letting Go of the Past: How to Heal Guilt in Sobriety

Guilt in sobriety threatens to derail recovery when mishandled. Often, it’s shame, guilt’s evil twin, which takes recovering folks down. And guilt can morph into shame if you aren’t careful.According to Brené Brown, a renowned shame and vulnerability researcher, the difference between guilt and shame is simple in theory.“Shame is a focus on self, guilt …

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Why Overcoming Addiction Isn’t a Straight Path

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert FrostWhile it is safe to assume that Robert Frost was not speaking of overcoming addiction when he wrote this, recovery is more like walking through the woods on a rocky …

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Depression and Addiction: Get the Facts

Everyone gets the blues now and then. When those feelings of melancholy and despair linger for weeks, not days, it can be a sign of something more serious. Depression affects 1 in 10 Americans. However, the depression rate among those struggling with addiction is even higher. Furthermore, 21 percent of those suffering from depression report …

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What is an Addict Like? Addressing Addiction Stigmas

You have undoubtedly heard the different things people say about addicts. It is possible that before you or a family member developed an addiction, you may have thought them yourself: “People with addictions are lazy.” “People with addictions are weak.” “People with addictions are hopeless.” Unsurprisingly, almost all the stereotypes you hear about addicts are …

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Detoxing From Alcohol — What to Expect and How to Make It Easier

If you are trying to quit drinking, congratulations! Although some who struggle with drinking are able to quit alone, others find it difficult. It also can be dangerous to quit on your own, depending on how much and how often you drink. By getting professional help, you can experience an easier recovery with better-managed detox …

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Addiction Treatment for First Responders

Police, firefighters, along with the men and women that work as paramedics, face some of the most challenging jobs today. They are at a higher risk for developing alcohol and drug abuse simply because of the emotional and physical trauma they suffer. Addiction treatment for first responders is available, customized, and possible. You can restore …

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