Monthly Archives: October 2018

How An Addict Thinks

Addiction can be a hard disease for non-addicts to understand. Often there is the expectation that if an addict really wanted to stop using, they just would stop purchasing and using substances. At the same time, an addict’s behavior and thought patterns often seem random and incongruent, leaving family members and loved ones confused as

Careers: Recovery Pitfalls, Part II

In part two of this recovery pitfalls series, I’ll be talking about work and careers in recovery. As I discussed in the first part, anything that we try to replace a program of recovery with will lead to trouble. Nothing external to the self can fix whatever internal spiritual problems exist. For most people, work

Can Addicts Really Recover?

Substance addiction affects the lives of many people and has been around for centuries. Despite how commonplace addiction has always been, it has only been in the last 50 years or so that it has been considered to be a serious disease. Technology and research are still on the lookout for a cure. This begs

The Gym: Recovery Pitfalls, Part I

A common pitfall for recovering addicts is basing our recovery on something outside of ourselves instead of on internal change. The three most common culprits are probably work, working out, and romantic relationships. These are things that most people want to have success in and that do enrich our lives but none of them will

Acute Withdrawal and PAWS

When an addict decides to get clean and abruptly stops using their drug(s) of choice they experience negative physical and psychological conditions known as acute withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms and their severity vary depending on the type and amount of drugs being used, how they are taken, and the length of time of abuse. These

Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?

If we are a loved one of an alcoholic/addict, we must consistently be asking ourselves this question: Am I helping their recovery or am I helping their addiction? We all know the words: codependent, overly attached, loving them to death, etc. For many alcoholics/addicts, us “loved ones,” as difficult as it may sound, are the