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  • 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

  • Discusses imaging techniques determining causal factors of addiction, as well as a study showing that signs of cravings are apparent for days, and possibly even weeks or months, after death.

    How Addiction Hijacks Our Brain Even After Death

    How Addiction Hijacks Our Brain Even After Death

    by Natalie Frank3

  • Studies show that it may take several attempts to successfully kick the smoking habit. For one person it may take only 5 quits to succeed; for another, it may take 10. For me, it was more than that.

    Quit Smoking Cigarettes - Becoming a Non-Smoker

    Quit Smoking Cigarettes - Becoming a Non-Smoker

    by Efficient Admin35

  • 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

  • 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

  • Stop Nicotine and Quit (SNAQ) is a chemical-free, simple plan to achieve a smoke-free life. Wean yourself, panic-free, from nicotine over a course of time that is comfortable for you.

    Stop Smoking Naturally With the SNAQ Method

    Stop Smoking Naturally With the SNAQ Method

    by Carla J Behr6

  • Workaholics' lives are out of balance because they spend most of their time working, or thinking about work. This work focus could affect their physical and emotional health and relationships.

    Workaholism: Challenges and Steps to Recovery

    Workaholism: Challenges and Steps to Recovery

    by Yvette Stupart PhD17

  • The seven deadly sins and gambling go together perfectly. Learn how gambling addiction progresses through each of the 7 stages of sin.

    The 7 Deadly Sins of Gambling Addiction

    The 7 Deadly Sins of Gambling Addiction

    by Krzysztof Willman19

  • Like any drug, alcohol is dangerous to the abuser's body, brain, and nervous system. In order to repair the damage, it is important to understand the effects of alcohol abuse.

    How to Reverse Damage From Alcohol Abuse

    How to Reverse Damage From Alcohol Abuse

    by Roxanne Lewis44

  • Electronic cigarette, e-cig, and vapor cigarette are common names for a personal vaporizer that allows one to smoke without the health hazards of regular cigarettes.

    What Exactly Is an Electronic Cigarette?

    What Exactly Is an Electronic Cigarette?

    by Melissa Flagg COA OSC8

  • What a lot of people don't want to talk about, and what your doctor won't tell you. Xanax addiction is serious, and so are the withdrawal symptoms. Here I share my experience.

    Xanax Addiction and Withdrawal - My Story

    Xanax Addiction and Withdrawal - My Story

    by Rebecca4

  • When you have an alcoholic in your life who is trying to stay sober, the holidays can be a real minefield of potential disasters.

    Dry Christmases Are Possible

    Dry Christmases Are Possible

    by Chris St-Jean0

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • Going through addiction recovery is one of the biggest challenges—and accomplishments—in life. Music has helped me get through some of those difficult times.

    Top 10 Addiction Recovery Playlist

    Top 10 Addiction Recovery Playlist

    by Mark Choat1

  • Whether you're an adult or still a child, being the kid of an alcoholic really sucks because you try so hard to pretend like everything's normal, when it REALLY isn't.

    Children of Alcoholics Have Really Great Masks

    Children of Alcoholics Have Really Great Masks

    by Chris St-Jean0

  • I believe it is common knowledge that being an addict can be a long difficult road, but people rarely talk about what it is like to love and/or live with someone who is an addict.

    The Do's and Don'ts of Relating to an Addict

    The Do's and Don'ts of Relating to an Addict

    by Cal Reid4

  • For a long time, methadone detox/maintenance coupled with Narcotics Anonymous meetings was the only way to treat drug abuse long-term on an outpatient basis. A discussion of suboxone and subutex.

    Drug Addiction Treatment:  Suboxone & Subutex

    Drug Addiction Treatment: Suboxone & Subutex

    by becauseilive232

  • 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.

    10 Tips for Living Drug, Alcohol, Smoke-Free

    10 Tips for Living Drug, Alcohol, Smoke-Free

    by Susan Reid194

  • 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

  • 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

  • This article explores some of the reasons behind addictions to nicotine, food, and alcohol, as well as the potential to overcome and recover from their control.

    The Struggles of Overcoming Addictions

    The Struggles of Overcoming Addictions

    by Colleen Swan15

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Smith106

  • Find out the cold, hard truth on how to quit smoking. Over the years, I tried to quit many times—but nothing ever worked. This is the technique I used to kick the habit for good.

    The Cold, Hard Truth About How I Quit Smoking

    The Cold, Hard Truth About How I Quit Smoking

    by jamesmuia3

  • Gambling addiction is one of the hardest problems to stop. It can be an all-consuming behavior that can result in some very bad consequences. Here are ten ways to stop gambling forever.

    Twelve Ways to Stop Gambling Addiction Forever

    Twelve Ways to Stop Gambling Addiction Forever

    by Michelle Tee894

  • 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

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