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February 17, 2016
Addiction As A Family Disease

Addiction is often thought of as a disease that affects a single person – the one who is dependent on and is unable to break free from a chemical substance. This is an understandable misconception. The life of the person addicted to drugs and/or alcohol becomes clearly unmanageable as the dependency progresses. We see the […]

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January 7, 2016
Media, Youth and Addiction

Media has an influence on adolescents. The question is: is the influence positive or negative? As society seeks to find answers to the rise in adolescent addiction, a 2013 survey by the National Institute for Drug Abuse (2015) 22.6% of all teenagers reported using an illicit drug, many people are focusing on media both as […]

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June 16, 2015
From Caterpillars to Butterflies

My last blog talked about the importance of feelings in the formation of chemical addiction, more specifically how the suppression or inability to express emotions in a healthy way often causes people to seek unhealthy outlets for these feelings. At Genesis Recovery we work with people who have spent years, sometimes decades, drowning their emotional […]

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June 9, 2015
Unresolved Feelings and Suppressed Emotions in Addiction

In the recovery world, addiction is viewed as a complex disease that affects every aspect of a person's life, damaging and eventually destroying the physical, psychological, social, and holistic parts of it. But what about feelings? What is it that originally causes a person to put chemicals into his body, and continue using despite the […]

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May 29, 2015
Can I Smoke Marijuana In Recovery?

"Marijuana maintenance" is what it is called and for the REAL alcoholic or addict, it can be deadly. The disease of addiction has a three-fold facet: physical, mental and holistic. According to the book of Alcoholics Anonymous the mental obsession is classified as: "The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking […]

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May 7, 2015
Dinosaur Wisdom

In retrospect, some of the things I learned in early recovery still make good sense to me today - particularly, a few of the common clichés that were often said by the old timers (aka dinosaurs). The dinosaurs of the fellowship are those with 20+ years of recovery, who occupied the rooms and freely shared […]

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October 18, 2010
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 […]

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December 4, 0200
The Correlation Between Childhood Trauma and Addiction

Researchers, scientists, and behavioral health experts have discovered that childhood trauma is one of the major causes of addiction. Sadly, 1 in 4 American children and adolescents experience a traumatic event before their 16th birthday. Unfortunately, the deeply distressing and disturbing incidents that we experience as children often follow us into adulthood. When left untreated, […]

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