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Addiction Comes in Threes

Three wise men. Three stooges. Three ring circus. Many things come in threes and in the world of addiction, we see this time and time again. For example, it is not uncommon for a heroin addict to also have a food, gambling or sex addiction. Someone who is addicted to painkillers is likely to have sexual impulsivity or an addiction to money. Why does it come in threes? It has to do with symmetry, a spiritual component and the good vs. evil different parts of us. Depending on one’s drug of choice, it taps into a certain part of the…

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When a Loved One Is Addicted: Helping vs. Enabling

Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction are serious issues facing over 23 million people across the United States alone. Of these millions of people, just a small percentage actively seek help to overcome their substance addictions.

There are many reasons behind the resistance to get help. One of these reasons involves loved ones enabling someone’s drug or alcohol habit.

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Substitute Addictions: What You Should Know

It’s not uncommon for someone in recovery to replace drug or alcohol use with another habit, whether it’s shopping, eating, taking up cigarettes, or smoking marijuana. This is known as a substitute addiction, and it can lead to unhealthy behaviors that put your recovery at risk.
Addicted for Life?
It’s commonly believed that someone with one addiction is at a higher risk of becoming addicted to another substance or behavior. While this may be true for some, it’s not always the case. A recent study found that only 20 percent of participants in recovery had developed a substitute addiction after three years of sobriety.

Still, anyone who has been treated for a substance use disorder understands the importance of remaining ever vigilant and making good choices when it comes to using substances and engaging in behaviors with addictive potential.

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5 Ways to Stop Self-Destructive Behaviors

Especially for people in recovery, making healthy choices and curbing self-destructive behaviors are critical for long-term success. Breaking bad habits is challenging, but these tips can help you stop unhealthy behaviors before they lead to a lapse or relapse.
1. Break the cycle of shame.
Shame is a negative feeling directed at yourself, such as saying, “I’m a bad person” instead of “I did a bad thing.” Shame often drives self-destructive behaviors in an attempt to ease that pain. Engaging in those behaviors perpetuates the shame and leads to more self-destructive behaviors. This can be a difficult cycle to break.

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How to Get Your New Year’s Resolutions Back on Track

New Year’s resolutions are easy to make. Sticking to them, however, is another story. Even though you know that these goals can help you improve your life, it can be hard to turn lifestyle changes into habits.

If you’re one of the nearly 56 percent of Americans who make a yearly resolution, a few strategies and suggestions can help you succeed in achieving your goals. In this article, we’ll talk about the best ways to make healthy changes and sustain them in the future.

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Combating Drug Abuse in the Workplace

Nearly 70 percent of an estimated 22.4 million adult users of illicit drugs are employed either part or full time. Approximately 76 percent of adult heavy drinkers and over 79 percent of adult binge drinkers are also employed part or full time. These percentages equate to approximately 76 million employed adults.

The adverse effects of on-the-job drug and alcohol use are cutting a wide swath through our communities and touching people from all ethnicities and ages, in every walk of life.

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5 Tips for Staying Sober During the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl and alcohol go together like peanut butter and jelly. According to an article in the Huffington Post, Americans drink around 325 million gallons of beer on Super Bowl Sunday—enough to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool 1,938 times.

The culture of drinking that’s associated with the Super Bowl can make game day very difficult for someone in recovery, whether they’re fresh out of treatment or they’ve been sober for years. Even if you’re pretty sure you’re going to be just fine on the big day, this is potentially a major trigger, especially if you’re emotionally invested in the outcome of the game. Here are five tips for surviving the Super Bowl with your sobriety intact.

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The Cause of and the Treatment for Rebound Headaches

Rebound headaches are caused by the overuse of pain medication used to treat headaches. Also known as “medication overuse headaches,” they only occur in people who have a headache disorder, and they typically stop once you stop taking the medication that’s causing them, according to the Mayo Clinic. Rebound headaches can be intensely painful, and the process of weaning yourself off the medication can be very difficult, especially if you’ve developed a dependence on it.

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Recovering Alcoholic Colin Farrell Speaks Out

Colin Farrell quit drinking and sought alcoholism treatment in 2006 after years of being Hollywood’s bad boy.  In a new interview with Details Magazine for his new movie, Farrell discussed his addiction to drugs and alcohol, and the way sobriety and recovery helped him regain control of his life. Farrell first admitted to substance abuse and alcoholism problems during a magazine interview in 2010 in advance of his movie Ondine.

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