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Alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has been super successful in helping people achieve long-term sobriety.  However, there are alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous that are also evidence-based.  Additionally, Some of these alternatives target those who may be intimidated by the idea of abstinence, but still hope to manage their abuse and dependence.   Although Alcoholics Anonymous has had…

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Following Doctor’s Orders to Beat Opiate Addiction

With the recent explosion of opiate addiction grabbing headlines, and the world desperate for answers, at Recovering Champions we get asked the same question every day: “What works?”   We like to restate the question as: “What do you find is working best?” This question is better, because anybody who tries to give a definitive…

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Meditation and Addiction Recovery

Throughout much of human history, meditation has effectively helped people reduce stress, anxiety and pain.  For these reasons, many addiction treatment centers include meditation in their daily programming.  It is also prescribed to those seeking long-term recovery after treatment.  Meditation has taken an important place alongside traditional, formal treatment protocols like group therapy and 12-step…

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How Addiction Changes The Brain

We all know that drug addiction has the power to transform. It rearranges our priorities, builds walls in our relationships, and seems to weasel its way into just about every aspect of our daily lives. It’s undeniable- it changes who we are. But we haven’t always been this way. Things used to be different. We…

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Understanding addiction triggers and how to avoid them

Often the biggest challenge faced by recovering addicts, no matter the length of their sobriety, is the unpredictable onset of cravings. These sensations come and go without warning, and have a dastardly reputation for popping up at the most inconvenient moments. But actually, those cravings may not be as random as you think, and by…

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How Does 12 Step Recovery Work?

If you asked any former or recovering addict about their treatment, they would probably mention participating in some type of support group. No matter what the addiction is, group therapy is usually incorporated into treatment programs because of the non-judgmental community atmosphere, where addicts can speak openly about their struggles and realize they’re not alone….

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Goal Setting to Help With Addiction Recovery

Goal setting is a critical step in addiction recovery. Without defining what you aspire to achieve, you may find yourself spinning in circles and repeating old habits. You’ll need to dedicate some time to visualizing what you hope to accomplish and how you will get there. To do this, you’ll need to think smart—or should…

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Is Addiction Genetic?

If you’ve ever struggled with addiction, or if you’re currently in recovery, you may have asked yourself why you became addicted in the first place. What influenced your decision to start abusing drugs or alcohol? Was it the home you were raised in? The friend’s you hung out with? Or, could it be that addiction…

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Persuading a Loved One to Seek Treatment

Finding out that your friend or family member is struggling with addiction can leave you in complete disbelief. Maybe you’ve suspected there was something wrong for a while, but only recently received the confirmation that you’ve been dreading for so long. Now that you know, you may feel obligated to step in and get your…

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Dealing with Elderly Relatives and Alcoholism

Picking up on the subtle clues that someone you know is an alcoholic can be difficult if you’re not familiar with the signs, especially when that friend or relative is growing older in age. Symptoms of alcoholism in the elderly are often overlooked by family and healthcare professionals or mistaken for other medical conditions associated…

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