Recovery Blog

What’s the Difference Between a Slip and Relapse?

Recovery can have a lot of ups and downs. For most people, being in recovery means that they’re actively working a program, have a sponsor, and go to support groups regularly. It’s easy to believe that if you’re doing these things, you’ll never take a drink or use a...

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Staying Sober and Serene During the Holidays

The idea of staying sober, much less serene during the holidays, may be foreign to you if you’re a person new to recovery. Many people in America have trouble with the holiday season. Some people feel left out because they have roots that have nothing to do with the...

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Addiction and Recovery Myths

In the media, people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol are often portrayed in stereotypical and destructive ways. In television and movies, addiction itself is characterized as quirky or evil, with the common theme that once you’re addicted, there is no other way...

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The Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS) and Detox

COWS is an assessment tool used in treatment and clinical settings to help decide if a client who uses opioids needs medication-assisted withdrawal or treatment. This scale is used to determine whether to utilize drugs such as methadone or buprenorphine as part of a...

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Can the Weather Affect Addiction?

We’ve all had those days where we’ve woken up grumpy, looked outside at the gray clouds, and stayed gloomy for at least part of the day. Rainy days and cold, gray days are often viewed as “dreary.” So it’s no wonder that some people attribute their drug use to the...

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How Emotions Contribute to Addiction

Addiction is a spiritual, physical and mental disease. Nobody sets out using drugs because he or she wants to be addicted. However, when a person starts abusing drugs, they may find that it’s helps them avoid negative emotions. As time progresses, addiction makes...

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Coping with Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)

Not everyone is aware of it, but there is usually more than one stage of withdrawal when a person gets clean and sober. The first stage, which is short-term, is called acute. It usually lasts a few days to a few weeks and it’s often intense. The second stage of...

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