Recovery

13th Step in Recovery

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in Abusive Relationships, Addiction, Codependent Relationship, Emotional Abuse, Recovery, Relationships, Sexual Abuse, Sobriety |

13th Step in Recovery Most people are familiar with the term “12 Steps” even if they are not in recovery and even if they don’t know exactly what they are. Those who are or have been in recovery and part of a 12 Step fellowship are probably familiar with the 13th Step in Recovery. The 13th Step in Recovery Defined The 13th Step in Recovery is not actually part of the formal 12 Steps of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), NA (Narcotics Anonymous), or CA (Cocaine Anonymous) but is a slang term...

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5 reasons women relapse

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Addiction, Mental Illness, Mood, Recovery, Rehab, Relationships, Sobriety, Women |

5 Reasons Women Relapse From my own personal experience with relapse I can tell you that for me there are now defining reasons someone relapses. A relapse can happen at any time regardless of what is going on if you are progressing in your own recovery. With that said though, there are some things that happen right before my relapse that kind of give away the fact that I am digressing and not progressing. Most of the time, one of the biggest reasons I relapse has to do with men. And with that...

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Prescription Drug Overdoses Spike Among Women

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Prescription Drugs, Recovery |

The United States is in the grip of an epidemic of prescription drug overdoses. Over 27,000 people died from overdoses in 2007, a number that has risen five-fold since 1990 and has never been higher. Prescription drugs are now involved in more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. This disturbing death rate coincides with a ten-fold increase in the medical use of opioid painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone. The increased availability of such powerful drugs has led to...

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How to remove yourself from the victim role

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Abusive Relationships, Codependent Relationship, Emotional Abuse, Helplessness, Recovery |

Addicts and alcoholics love to play the victim. We blame our addiction on outside people and circumstances. This allows us to shift responsibility for using drugs and drinking, and allows us to justify continuing to destroy our lives. We think, “If this had happened to you, you would use drugs and drink too.” This is not to say that addicts and alcoholics haven’t been through any trauma. Most addicts and alcoholics have. But instead of working through that trauma, we use it as an excuse...

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Self-compassion for a healthy recovery

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Recovery, Self Compassion |

Self-compassion for a healthy recovery With self-compassion, you value yourself not because you’ve judged yourself positively and others negatively but because you’re intrinsically deserving of care and concern like everyone else. Where self-esteem leaves us powerless and distraught, self-compassion is at the heart of empowerment, learning, and inner strength. And this is why self-compassion is absolutely vital for a healthy recovery. For so long in addiction and alcoholism we compared are...

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Moving Past Shame In Your Recovery

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Addiction, Recovery, Shame |

Moving past shame in your recovery Most of us in recovery have dealt with shame. In fact, probably all of us in recovery have dealt with shame we just didn’t know that’s what it was. Shame is when you feel unworthy, unlovable or somehow less than other people without really knowing why. Shame is not an emotion but is actually a belief system. Shame is a lie we all tell ourselves sometimes. No one should ever be ashamed because they are worthy, deserving of love and respect just like...

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