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INCARCERATION VS TREATMENT

INCARCERATION VS TREATMENT

I remember my first day of sobriety. Cold, shaking in a cell on a concrete bed with a vinyl covered mattress and an itchy blanket. I remember my first week. Defiant and manipulative in complete denial. I remember my first month. Frantically awaiting my readiness...

5 Stages of Bruce Tuckman’s Theory

5 Stages of Bruce Tuckman’s Theory

Here at Genesis Recovery, groups are a pivotal part of growth and change within an individual and as a community. For my first blog post I would like to explain the five stages of Bruce Tuckman's theory which are categorized by various traits ranging from the...

More than Addiction…

More than Addiction…

The problem is sin. If you made it past the first sentence congratulations. Rest assured that this will not be a sermon. The clinical staff at Genesis Recovery would like to share with you some of the life lessons we have learned in our more than 50 years of sobriety...

The Illusion that Alcohol is Ok for a Drug Addict

The Illusion that Alcohol is Ok for a Drug Addict

Time and time again I hear people saying, “well he/she has a drug problem, but I’m sure they can have a drink every now and then”, or “I had a problem with drugs, not alcohol.” This is a scary and slippery slope. I feel it is very important for the individual seeking...

Finding God Saved Me From My Addiction

Finding God Saved Me From My Addiction

I’ve struggled with addiction my entire adult life. While going in and out of rehabs became a norm for me, facing the consequences of drug use was never enough for me to learn. Until finally, enough was enough! Although I have very loving and successful parents, there...

Addiction As A Family Disease

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...

Media, Youth and Addiction

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...

From Caterpillars to Butterflies

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...

Unresolved Feelings and Suppressed Emotions in Addiction

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 spiritual parts of it. But what about feelings? What is it that originally causes...