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  • The American Society of Addiction Medicine reports a nationwide increase in opiate addiction and overdoses. Is addiction a disease or a choice? Some would argue that it is a "disease of choice."

    Addiction Is a Disease of Choice

    Addiction Is a Disease of Choice

    by Timothy R Berman1

  • For many of us, admitting that there is a substance abuse problem leads to fear, shame, and embarrassment. A willingness to break through the denial, however, can lead to live-saving perspectives.

    14 Ways People Excuse Their Substance Abuse

    14 Ways People Excuse Their Substance Abuse

    by Marilyn L Davis3

  • Trying to understand an alcoholic is an impossible task for most non-alcoholics. I used to be an alcoholic, and in this article I will attempt to take you inside the mind of someone who is dependent.

    What Is It Like to Be an Alcoholic?

    What Is It Like to Be an Alcoholic?

    by Bill Holland113

  • If there is an opposite of addiction, it might be mindfulness. While addiction often involves running from feelings and numbing pain, mindfulness involves learning to stay with and accept pain and discomfort. Practicing mindfulness skills during treatment can help maintain sobriety beyond treatment.

    Using Mindfulness Techniques in Substance Abuse Treatment

    Using Mindfulness Techniques in Substance Abuse Treatment

    by Kim Harris24

  • Do you think you may have an addiction problem? Are you seeking help? This is the story of how I learned I had a problem with alcohol. I hope my words will help others considering treatment.

    An Alcoholic's Journey to Recovery

    An Alcoholic's Journey to Recovery

    by Mark Choat2

  • A successful recovery requires mindfulness, dedication, determination, consistency, and motivation. Managing addiction recovery is not an easy task, no matter how long you've been in recovery.

    Addiction Recovery Life Hacks

    Addiction Recovery Life Hacks

    by Mark Choat0

  • Are drugs, alcohol or cigarettes ruling your life? Have you tried quitting only to pick back up again -- even though you really, really want to stop? Stop beating yourself up. You are not a failure. You're an addict. A healthier, craving-free...

    10 Tips for Living Drug, Alcohol, Smoke Free

    10 Tips for Living Drug, Alcohol, Smoke Free

    by Susan Reid194

  • What can you say to a recovering addict who is craving the substance of their addiction? I was addicted to crack cocaine for 12 years. These are the words that helped me through my recovery.

    What to Say to a Recovering Addict

    What to Say to a Recovering Addict

    by Eric Dunbar39

  • The stigma surrounding methadone as treatment for opiate addiction is strong. This article seeks to dispel some of the myths related to MMT, which I successfully used to conquer my heroin addiction.

    5 Myths About Methadone Treatment

    5 Myths About Methadone Treatment

    by becauseilive263

  • Do you have a loved one who is an alcoholic? Understand the nature of alcoholism, as well as your codependent role. I write from personal experience, having lived both sides of the equation.

    How Does an Alcoholic Ruin Your Life?

    How Does an Alcoholic Ruin Your Life?

    by Susan Reid140

  • Although you may have the best intentions and mean well, enabling an addict actually contributes to their addiction. Learn the warning signs of enabling behavior and how to break the toxic cycle.

    How to Stop Enabling a Drug Addict

    How to Stop Enabling a Drug Addict

    by Sharon Smith104

  • So you want to stop smoking reefer, eh? It may seem like it's too hard, but I'm here to say you can do it. I successfully quit myself, and here I will share the strategies that worked for me.

    12 Tips to Quit Smoking Pot

    12 Tips to Quit Smoking Pot

    by stevenseiler26

  • Unfortunately when you quit smoking experiencing some smoking withdrawal symptoms is common. The side effects of quitting smoking can be diverse. After quitting smoking not everyone is affected by smoking withdrawal symptoms and side effects to the...

    The Five Most Common Side Effects of Quitting Smoking

    The Five Most Common Side Effects of Quitting Smoking

    by LadySeren75

  • The disease of alcoholism is baffling (actually, it's cunning, baffling and powerful). To the outside observer, the drinker's self-destructive behavior makes no sense. To the drinker him/herself, it doesn't make much sense, either. Perhaps as...

    You Might Be Alcoholic: Warning Signs

    You Might Be Alcoholic: Warning Signs

    by Susan Reid96