05/25/2017

Teen Drug Abuse: Has Your Child Been to a Skittles Party?

When someone mentions a Skittles party, what do you think of? If you haven’t actually participated in a Skittles party, you’re probably imagining a bunch of bowls filled with little rainbow hard candies and maybe some young teens in brightly colored outfits. Seems innocent enough. So you’re probably not concerned when you overhear your teenager talking to her friend about a Skittles party they’re going to later that night. You might even advise her to dress warm and have fun. It might come as a surprise then when you realize that you’re actually seeing her off to a drug party.…
 
05/24/2017

Dealing with PTSD as a Loved One of an Addict

You walk to your son’s room and knock on the door, hoping he’ll say he’s actually going to be home for dinner this time. There’s no answer. You know he’s home because his music is blaring. You knock twice more before swinging the door open because you’re tired of his constant lack of courtesy and respect. He’s lying on the floor, blue-lipped and motionless. When the paramedics get there, you hear the words coming out of their mouths but you can’t believe it. "Heroin overdose." The world goes dark.   Even if your loved one makes it through the overdose…
 
05/24/2017

How to Find a Sober Roommate

There’s not much that’s worse for your sobriety than being exposed to temptation all day everyday in your own home. Open wine bottles, beer cans in the trash, parties every other weekend. That might have been okay or even appealing in college, but not so much in recovery. Whether it’s through a support group or a website, finding a sober roommate is easier than ever. However you decide to go about it, it's important to make sure your home life is safe, supportive, and sober. Sober Living Houses Sober living houses are the best way to make sure your home…
 
05/23/2017

Your First AA Meeting: What Should You Expect?

If you've never been to an AA meeting before, it can be a really scary or weird transition. You might have heard what to expect from one, and overall, it's going to be the best choice for you, but it can still be overwhelming. So, here's what to expect at your first AA meeting: 1. People will talk to you. It might be nerve-wracking, but if you can manage, try to share that this is your first AA meeting. In doing so, it will flag to others that you need support. If you do this, people are likely to go up and talk to…
 
05/23/2017

Addiction Substitution: Is Vaping Dangerous?

We live in a time where it’s not unusual to walk through a skittles scented cloud (or some other ridiculously creative flavor) while out at a park or shopping center. Open up your explore page on Instagram and you’ll probably see at least four vape trick videos. There are even competitions for things like who can blow the most smoke O-rings or the biggest vape cloud. In a drug detox program, addicts are usually encouraged to continue their vaping habits (if they harbor any) while they detox from their drug of choice to help maintain familiarity and relieve stress. But…
 
05/22/2017

Physically and Emotionally Abusive Relationships

  Do all alcoholics have domestic abuse issues? Not entirely... Not all alcoholics are physically and emotionally abusive, and not all abusive people are alcoholics. It's pretty clear that most adults drink on normal basis, but drinking is not the cause of abuse. There are several instances where people say they are abusive because of alcohol, but the fact is you can be abusive drunk or sober. Alcohol might make the abuse a little worse, though. Is your relationship physically and emotionally abusive? Being with a partner who is physically and emotionally abusive is a scary reality. If you're experiencing abuse from a…
 
05/22/2017

Can Your Baby Be Born Addicted to Drugs?

Ask any mother what the best day of her life was and she will most like answer, “the day my child was born.” She created and carried that baby for nine months and then brought it into the world to become its own little person. It’s an amazing thing. Now imagine giving birth, crying tears of extreme joy, so excited to meet your little one only to see that he is constantly shaking, won’t stop crying, screams at the slightest bit of light and touch, and can’t sleep. This is the reality of a baby born addicted to drugs. A baby…
 
05/21/2017

Shinrin-yoku: How Nature Can Help Your Recovery

Have you ever noticed how taking a walk in a garden or camping under the trees makes you feel more calm and peaceful? Or maybe you’ve noticed that you feel more like yourself when surrounded by trees and greenery instead of the bustling greyness of city buildings. There’s actually a name for that phenomenon: Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing.” Shinrin-yoku is a type of holistic health and preventative healing practice founded in Japan. Interestingly, we as a society recognize that nature does help us feel better when we’re stressed or anxious. However, the actual declaration and acceptance of Shinrin-yoku didn’t occur until the 1980s. It's scientifically proven…
 
05/20/2017

What Does It Feel Like to Be Addicted?

Addiction is the feeling that sobriety is inadequate and upon being given a taste of adequacy, not wanting to ever let it go again. There’s really no way to understand what it’s like to be addicted without experiencing the disease firsthand. It’s not like explaining to someone what it feels like to get a tattoo, burn yourself, or even get drunk. Loved ones of addicts only witness the negative effects on both themselves and the addict. So it’s hard for them to understand why an addict keeps using despite those effects. How can the high really be worth it? What…
 
05/19/2017

Sober Dating Websites for All The Single Ladies (and Men)

Now put your hands up Oh, oh, oh,  Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh Oh, sorry. Where were we? Oh, right, sober dating websites. from single to serious: sober dating websites Sober and Single Single and Sober AA Dating Service 12 Step Match Love in Recovery Nondrinkers Dating Now that you have 6 online websites to make accounts with, hopefully it will bring you luck! We all deserve to find love and be with someone, and if you are working your sobriety and balancing life out, you shouldn't have a problem. I will however share…