The key is to create awareness about this because drugs and alcohol can be very deadly.
“Social media obsession” has a very real, very disconcerting effect on our lives. It’s an addiction that constantly threatens to undo just as many relationships and responsibilities as any drug or drink could.
The results of a new study inch researchers ever closer to tailoring treatment plans and designing personalized antidepressant programs that would have much faster effects on patients.
I imagine the feeling I received from my male therapist’s reassurance is similar to what a dude experiences when he gets a lap dance. Sure, he’s paying the girl for the whole thing, just like I was paying Kaiser to pay for my session, but it still seemed like he really cared about me as a person.
I met a woman who was also in recovery, our lives were similar and before I knew it we were in a relationship. Segue to four years later and we’re talking about that scary “M” word. You know, move in together.
A toddler in Massachusetts was rushed to the hospital recently for accidentally ingesting Suboxone. Thankfully she’s okay but the incident brings up another issue
Thinking about taking a photograph made me feel sane. If I play my cards right, I can get my Associates Degree in Photography in a year. I hope it will help me recapture that calm feeling I had in the desert and keep me grounded.
AA does not suck. In fact, quite the opposite, it’s helping me. It’s taken me some time to realize this, because four and a half years down the road, I have gradually become more open and willing.
Breaking up sucks no matter what, but here are a few things that make sober breakups the worst.
I think there is a huge misconception that if you successfully make it to a certain age then you are exempt from being an alcoholic. But as my alcoholism progressed so did the unmanageability. There came a point that there was no going back to the way I once drank.
I used to believe that online gambling addiction wasn’t a “real” addiction—not in any way that mattered. In reality, it’s a problem that’s just as real and devastating as opioids or alcohol.
My windows make me feel like I am an inmate who is serving time in a home detention program. Just give me an ankle bracelet, an orange jumpsuit and I am all set. Perhaps this bad Feng Shui is the cause of my fear!
I felt a little high and mighty when I walked into the rooms, kind of like I was Super Sponsor Woman. I thought, Wow! I must be transmitting something that these women want
Recently, weird events started to happen, not only making the Mojave hostile to the future of my avocado seed, but hostile to my sobriety.
My pride has always been a problem. When I was drinking, it was completely out of control. So when I got sober, I fully expected the whole pride thing to evaporate.
Now that I have been sober for more than four years, I have found more enlightenment from being in a 12-step program than I do in the stars. Astrology is interesting, but there are so many gray areas in a natal chart, as well as contradictory predictions.
I went through three different cocaine dealers before going finally going to rehab...and seeing one of them there.
Being judgmental was second nature, mainly because I was insecure and empty all the time. And you could fill the Grand Canyon with the number of grievances I had against the universe.
I can’t explain the black relief that came from not turning work in on time, skipping appointments, or ignoring obligations. I could handle regret far better than success.
I know I feel the most serene when I'm not trying so hard to be calm but still get caught up in the quest for zen through yoga in sobriety.
No film or TV show gets alcoholism exactly right—the joyless drinking, the isolation, the dread and self-delusion—but maybe that’s fitting, since drinking and recovery are so messy and imperfect. One afternoon in early sobriety, I found myself rooting for Bruce Willis in some second-rate thriller strictly because his character was hungover.
Vigorous exercise releases natural painkillers called endorphins into our body. I guess this explains why I feel so good after a run. That flood of relief takes me back to early sobriety. Many nights I wanted to give up and drink, but I pushed through instead. The next morning, I’d wake up feeling refreshed and relieved.
Being open about my recovery is a double-edged sword. While I’m comfortable putting uncomfortable truths about my past out there, plenty of people would rather I just kept them to myself.
In some ways, dealing with anxiety is the same as thinking through that first drink. It might be kind of fun, or cathartic, or just habitual, to freak out, but the cost is high. Truly, though, sometimes anxiety cannot be dealt with simply by “thinking through it.”
Tennessee is overrun with Suboxone clinics but the Mental Health Commission is concerned not enough of these facilities provide proper talk therapy to supplement the medication-assisted treatment.