Category: Staying Sober

7 Facts Nobody Told You About Drug Abuse and Skin Problems

There are countless ways that drug abuse can damage your health, but did you know that your skin is one of them? From methamphetamine abuse to binge drinking, nearly any drug that you abuse can give you skin problems.  You may have heard of meth skin or crack hands, but they aren’t the only skin…

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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is a short-term form of talk therapy. It is suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds. CBT is based on the idea that how we think affects what we do. Many studies have shown that the mind is a powerful part of recovery. In a substance abuse context, CBT was…

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Depression and Addiction

Depression is a form of mental illness that affects how you think, act, feel, and engage with your life. When depression exists alongside a substance use disorder, this is called a dual diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder. These conditions are difficult to diagnose and treat, because the symptoms of each tend to overlap with one…

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Sober Date Ideas

Research suggests that millennials are cutting down their alcohol consumption. Instead, they’re opting to participate in wellness events. They recognize that alcohol ages the body and decreases longevity. Clearly, sobriety is not just a lifestyle choice for those in recovery. Some people choose to be teetotalers or reduce their intake for health reasons. Others opt…

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Can an Alcoholic Ever Have a Drink?

We conducted our own survey of current and former alcoholics, treatment professionals, and other US citizens, and, almost universally, these participants do not believe an alcoholic can have a drink. Check out our discussion of the question here…

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Surviving the Holidays in Recovery

For most, the holidays are a time to celebrate with family and reconnect with distant loved ones, a rare opportunity to share in laughter and joy around the same table. It’s normal to experience increased levels of stress in anticipation of the upcoming holiday, but for an active or recovering addict, it doesn’t take much…

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Sober Retreat – Penikese: The Place to Be Is Where You Are

article provided by Toby Lineaweaver, MA, LMHC, Senior Clinician and Community Liaison This summer, leadership of the Penikese Island School invited Recovering Champions to conduct a sober retreat on Penikese Island, and after sending out invitations and a bit of planning and packing, eight RCI alumni and three staff headed out to Penikese Island on…

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Why 12-Step Recovery Is Effective

Beginning your journey to recovery is a major step that can bring up complicated emotions, including fear and uncertainty. This can be a frightening time but you don’t need to face this battle alone. Each year, millions of people make the same courageous choice and commit to living a healthier life. But committing to making…

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How Dangerous is Heroin Withdrawal?

Heroin is a type of opioid drug, which means it is in the same family as painkillers like OxyContin. However, because heroin is unregulated, its effects are less predictable and it often contains other drugs such as fentanyl, which can be fatal even in small doses. As a fast-acting drug, heroin is typically injected directly…

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