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Stop the enablement train with these 5 tips

Stop the Enablement Train with these 5 Tips

It’s only natural to want your friends and family members to be happy, successful, and financially stable. But sometimes, even our best intentions overstep the line of support and venture into the realm of enabling, a situation that ultimately benefits no one and one that frequently creeps into formerly healthy relationships when substance abuse is…
How to Spot the (Sometimes Slow) Tipping Point: When Habit Becomes Addiction

When Habit Becomes Addiction: How to Spot the (Sometimes Slow) Tipping Point

It’s a familiar progression: What starts out as an “I’ll try this once” turns into “maybe just a couple more times” … and before you know it, a momentary lapse in judgment has snowballed into a full-blown, life-altering chemical dependency. So how can you tell when a habit has entered the harder-to-break realm of addiction?…
How to Start the Conversation About Rehab

How to Start the Rehab Conversation

Maybe there was an incident. Or maybe not; perhaps it’s a wholly unremarkable occasion, just the latest in a frightening, lasting pattern of behavior. Everyone’s path to addiction is different, but the one commonality is that at some point, change is no longer an option. It’s mandatory. The decision to talk to a friend or…
Celebrating Freedom

Celebrating your independence from addiction

It’s a day of hot dogs and fireworks, of family barbecues and sparklers and bonfires on the beach. But for our country it’s a day of independence. It’s a day when we remember how our our ancestors fought for their freedom and then set out to create a new democracy. And now, more than 200…

Getting Past the Shame

One of the biggest hurdles to recovery is not just the question, “Can I do this” but “Am I worth it?” Addiction often leads people down a very dark path, and actions along the way lead to guilt and shame. Shame can be a very toxic emotion that has a strong relationship with addiction. But…
How to talk about your recovery

How to talk about your recovery

To start things off, we found a great blog that discusses one of the things you will be faced with when you begin recovery: How to talk to others about your recovery. It’s one thing to talk to the people you are in recovery with, but what about when you are back out on your…