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How Guilt and Shame in Addiction Recovery Won’t Help



Breaking The Stigma To Help Overcome Addiction It’s no secret that those who take drugs in the United States are often looked down upon by their drug-free counterparts. In fact, addiction stigma has become such a troubling problem that 35.1 percent of adults with a drug problem who didn’t enroll in mental health care in […]

Going to Drug Rehab: Elizabeth’s Story



Going to Drug Rehab It should’ve been a standard Saturday morning, but this time I woke up feeling different. It took me a while to realize why. I couldn’t remember what I’d done the night before; didn’t remember going to bed. That was normal. But trying to open my eyes was next to impossible. That […]

8 Myths About Addiction



Addiction has been the subject of a long and drawn-out misinformation campaign. Myths regarding drug addiction are often shared and spread in an attempt to scare children away from using drugs. Unfortunately, this has a secondary effect of creating a stigma around drug use and addiction. Understanding the truth behind these myths is the first […]

Addiction to Parenthood: The Cocaine Cowgirl



In the beginning, cocaine made me beautiful. I was sexy, unstoppable, desirable to everyone. When I was high on cocaine and alcohol, I could float through a crowd of people like a goddess riding a chemical wave. No one could resist me. I sparkled. But then, of course, heaven turned to hell. I prostituted myself to feed my addictions. Until my mind and body couldn’t take it anymore. I found a way out.

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Addiction Recovery Tip Sheet: Holidays 2016



I’ve only spent one holiday season sober so far. This year will be my second. But I have a plan to stay sober – a good plan – and I want to share it with you. It’s been vetted by people with a lot of years, so it’s not just my advice.

This is a season in the past when I would toast with champagne at dinner to feign classiness and then crack open Budweisers cooled in frozen Koozies to relax after the dishes were done.

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Opiate Painkillers: America’s New Gateway Drug



Opiate painkillers may be more of a gateway drug than marijuana. They are easy to get and they are basically legal, right? Even if you are taking them when you don’t have a prescription. That thinking is leading more and more people down a dark path. “Contrary to everything I was ever taught about drug addiction twenty-five years ago, the opioid analgesics, led by OxyContin, are now the gateway drugs to all other addictive drugs, particularly heroin.”

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How Sally Found the Right Rehab



How do people struggling with addiction find rehab centers that fit their individual needs? Many times they don’t find that fit, and so their treatment is not as effective. And that’s really sad. At Aid in Recovery, we specialize in finding that fit for you when you need help. This little video shows you how we do it.

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14 Signs You Are Enabling Addiction



We have all had to watch someone that we love suffer. It is heartbreaking. We want to help. But the longer you help your loved one solve their problems, the longer they will use. This is textbook enabling. Are you an enabler? Learn how to find out and how to stop. Don’t feed the addiction. But when they are ready for real help, for treatment, act fast.

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Is Your Job Triggering Your Addiction?



What’s your story? Did throwing yourself into a job you loved make recovery easier? Or did a hard job or a bad work environment push you to the edge? Tell us at [email protected] Getting your life back on track while trying to tame your addiction can be a difficult task. Most people have to work, […]

Collateral Damage: Families of Drug Abusers



Wouldn’t life be simpler if other people were never affected by our poor actions and decisions? I know in my life, if this were the case, I would have quite a few bridges still standing that have unfortunately burnt down long ago.

When in active addiction, usually the last thing we are thinking about is how we’re affecting others. I remember I used to think, well, I never hang out with anyone. I just isolate in my room; I spend my earned money on my drugs and alcohol. And my most famous (and now almost comical) line was, who could I possibly be hurting when nobody even knows I’m using?

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