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7 Healthy Habits That Will Bring You Joy in Recovery

“In recovery, recovering addicts do more than lose their addictions. Usually, they regain enjoyment of life… Most individuals want to be happy. Addicts learn that they may be happy – even joyful – by appreciating their lives in recovery. Instead of killing themselves with their addictive substances, they live in freedom.” ~Dr. Francis A. Martin, PhD, Full Life: A Workbook …
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Anaheim Police to Drug Addicts: We Will Help You

“Drug addiction plays far too large a role in criminal activity, and we must collectively do everything that we can to reduce the number of people in our families, neighborhoods and community suffering from this physical and emotional dependency” ~Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada At the beginning of the year, in an effort to connect suffering substance abusers with local …

Comparing Inpatient and Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

Inpatient or Outpatient? When you begin searching for an alcohol or drug rehab treatment facility for yourself or someone you care about, you are to be congratulated. This means that you have already taken the first – and most important – step on the road to recovery: Admitting that there is a problem beyond your control. Trying to get help …
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Drug and Alcohol Abuse Affect Us ALL

“Drug use is on the rise in this country and 23.5 million Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs. That’s approximately 1 in every 10 Americans over the age of 12 – roughly equal to the entire population of Texas.” ~Dr. Kima Joy Taylor, director of the Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap Initiative According to the Substance Abuse and Mental …

5 Signs You Are TRULY Ready to Get Sober

“Achieving true sobriety goes beyond abstinence. It’s also about healing your soul, apologizing for damage you did to others, and seeking forgiveness.” ~Lou Gramm, Jukebox Hero: My Five Decades in Rock ‘n Roll Addiction is an incurable disease beyond your control that makes your life completely unmanageable until you make the choice to enter rehab. If you are like most …

Mending Broken Relationships During Recovery

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“Staying sober one day at a time is a non-verbal message of, “I am serious and want to be sober and a better person.” This message gradually starts to be believed, so that the fear turns to faith and the mending of a loving relationship can start.” ~Thomas Morgan, Journey to Sobriety Addiction is lonely, isolating disease that destroys the …

Can I Keep My Job While I Recover from Addiction?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 75% of people with substance abuse disorders have a job, but less than 10% ever get treatment for their illness. How Worrying about Your Job Can Be a Barrier to Recovery For many addicts and alcoholics, one of the biggest obstacles keeping them from seeking alcohol or drug rehab services …

California Women Face Unique Challenges During Recovery

“There is no single point in a woman’s life when a discussion of substance use or abuse is not relevant. Each stage of life offers unique challenges that can lead to addiction. And each stage poses unique risks to the health and well-being of women who abuse substances.” ~ Women Under the Influence  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, …

Is Alcohol Detox REALLY Necessary?

Is Alcohol Detox REALLY Necessary?
If you have finally decided to get professional help for your uncontrollable drinking, you probably have one huge question in mind – “WHAT HAPPENS NOW?” After that important first step, your next recovery task is to actually achieve physical sobriety. Before recovery can truly begin, you first must break free from the uncontrollable physical compulsion to consume alcohol. The best, …

Exercise Is Pivotal During Recovery

Exercise Is Pivotal During Recovery
“… these studies have provided convincing evidence to support the development of exercise-based interventions to reduce compulsive patterns of drug intake in clinical and at-risk populations.” ~Mark Smith and Wendy Lynch, Exercise As a Potential Treatment for Drug Abuse: Evidence from Preclinical Studies Chronic substance abuse interferes with your ability to function normally – when actively addicted, your sleep, your …