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Taking Prescribed Medications Can Threaten Recovery – How to Stay Safe

What If You Need Medication While in Recovery? Sometimes, narcotics are prescribed as medicine. So, should we take them or not? This topic isn’t often discussed, but having a plan in place is crucial to our continued sobriety. My sponsor has always told me that if I truly need a prescribed medication, I can take […]

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How Do We Stay Sober in a World Full of Drinkers?

November, 2019 Alcohol is Everywhere When we get sober, we are taught to make new friends and detach from the friends we used to drink or use with. And, for those of us in residential treatment facilities, like Breakthrough Recovery Outreach, we live in a bubble of safety. But, what happens when we go back […]

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The Dangers of Vaping

Vaping was first introduced in the US sometime between 2006 and 2007. Marketed as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes, millions of people jumped on the bandwagon and turned to vaping in an attempt to quit smoking. The vaping craze didn’t immediately attract teens, but companies like Juul and other brands began marketing to teens […]

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How Smoke Shops and Kratom Are Changing the Face of Addiction in America

October, 2019 Is Kratom Safe? How smoke shops are legally selling addictive substances to America’s teens. In Anytown, USA, you’ll find multiple smoke shops and vape shops. On the outset, they appear to sell vaping instruments that are marketed as aids to help people quit smoking. However, walk inside and stay awhile, and you’ll find […]

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When Your Loved One is an Addict – What to Do

October 2, 2019 When Someone You Love is an Addict Addiction has reached epidemic proportions in the US. Most of us know someone who has been touched by the disease of addiction. When addiction touches your immediate family or someone you love dearly, it can be extraordinarily challenging. Here are some tips to help you […]

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Establishing Boundaries in Sobriety

September, 2019 Understanding Boundaries Boundaries are limits we set that help maintain our sense of well-being. For example, we all have physical boundaries – limits we set between how close or far we let someone get to us physically. Some of have had our boundaries crossed in early childhood. If we’ve been abused or sexually […]

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How to Break the Cycle of Enabling

September, 2019 So, You’re Loved One is an Addict or Alcoholic Many addicts and alcoholics try to hide their addiction and alcoholism from their family, coworkers, and friends. Often, the best manipulation tactics fail, and people see that their loved one is struggling with addiction. If you suspect your loved one is suffering from the […]

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Sobriety 101: What’s the Difference Between Guilt and Shame?

September, 2019 Sobriety 101: Welcome to Recovery. Now, Let’s Break the Cycle of Shame. If you are newly sober, CONGRATULATIONS on making the best decision of your life. If you’re new, you may not feel particularly celebratory. I certainly did NOT. Because of that, it’s important to set up appropriate expectations for the healing process. […]

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The Benefits of Journaling in Recovery

September, 2019 Writing is a part of recovery. During the fourth step especially, we write down the harms done to us, harms we’ve caused others, and more before going over it with our sponsors. We don’t need to wait until step four to begin writing, though, and I suggest that people in recovery begin journaling […]

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Treating Your Addiction as a Chronic Disease

September, 2019 Addiction is a Disease Addiction is widely-recognized as a chronic disease. In 2011, the American Society of Addiction Medicine provided a definition of addiction which states, “Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. […]

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Alcoholics Anonymous – Half Measures Availed Us Nothing

May 2, 2019 Half Measures When You’re Brand New in Recovery If you’ve been to a 12-Step Program, you’ve heard the phrase “half measures availed us nothing.” The phrase comes from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, “How It Works.” That phrase can and should be used in every phase of sobriety. So, on our […]

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How to Stay Sober in the Face of Adversity

April, 2019 Getting Sober in the Face of Adversity If you are an addict, an alcoholic, or a family member of one, you have faced adversity. Merely being an addict or living with one brings negativity to your doorstep. Many addicts and their families have faced painful situations before addiction ever became an issue in […]

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I’m Newly Sober. Should I Date?

April, 2019 It’s Hard to be Patient, But Here’s Why You Should Wait. Why Recovery Suggests Us to Wait to Date. Most recovery experts agree that newly sober men and women should wait a year before dating. Many of us are both rebellious and looking to change the way we feel, so the urge to […]

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Pushing Past The Fear Of Sobriety

Getting Sober in 2019 – Pushing Past the Fear of Sobriety When You Want to Get Sober in 2019, But You Fear Sobriety Did you go overboard during the holidays and bust through the New Year, drink in hand, drugs in hand, only to regret it? Are you considering sobriety in 2019, but paralyzed with […]

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Picking A Residential Treatment Facility

How to Select a Residential Treatment Facility If you or a loved one needs freedom from addiction, you’re probably wondering how to select a residential treatment facility. In this blog, we’ll discuss some key elements to consider when selecting the right residential treatment facility. Expensive Residential Treatment Facilities Don’t Provide Better Outcomes When looking for […]

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Working The 12 Steps in Recovery

Working the Twelve Steps in Recovery What is a Twelve Step Program? The Twelve Steps to recovery were created over 70 years ago during the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous. They are outlined in the Big Book, which Bill Wilson (the co-founder of AA) began writing in 1938 and they have been used as a successful […]

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Find Sponsorship

How to Find an AA Sponsor & Why AA Sponsorship Works A Personal Story about the Miracle of Sponsorship Before I tell you what you need to know about sponsorship, I want to inspire you to get a sponsor by telling you ONE story of what sponsorship has done for me. Six or so years […]

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Learning To Trust Again

About Step Three of AA: Learning to Trust Again Step Three of Alcoholics Anonymous – Turning Your Will Over Step three in Alcoholics Anonymous is, “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over the care of God as we understood Him.” Usually, our sponsors ask us to recite the third-step prayer during […]

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Staying Sober Through The Holidays

Sobriety 101 – Staying Sober Through the Holidays Staying Sober Through the Holidays – First Year of Sobriety Those new to sobriety may not have faced a sober holiday in years. It is not uncommon for people in their first year of sobriety to feel anxious during the holiday season. It takes time to learn […]

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Destigmatizing Mental Health

Destigmatizing Mental Health and Substance Abuse Defining Mental Illness Mentally ill patients are often stigmatized. This stigma can be a social stigma or stigma that the patient has about their disease. In this blog, we’ll discuss the different stigmas and try to dispel the myths surrounding them. Mental illness refers to any condition that negatively […]

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Nutrition and Addiction

Nutrition and Addiction – Getting Clean from the Inside Out Addiction and Malnourishment How Addiction Impacts Your Health Addicts generally suffer from poor health and or a lack of nourishment. While an alcoholic may drink so much that their stomach feels too full to eat, a drug addict is more interested in getting their next […]

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Family Therapy Addiction

Family Therapy – A Critical Component of Addiction Treatment Treating alcoholism and substance abuse as a family disease Addiction is a family disease. According to the National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), “alcohol use disorder (AUD) often seems to run in families.1” There is a genetic component to addiction […]

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Tackling Opiate Addiction in Atlanta’s Triangle

Tackling Opiate Addiction in Atlanta’s Triangle Heroin addiction has reached epidemic proportions in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2016, Atlanta’s 11 Alive News featured an in-depth investigation into the growing heroin problem facing Atlanta’s teens and young adults. In fact, in episode one of “The Triangle,” 11 Alive reported a nearly 4000% increase in heroin use over […]

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