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  • Stop the Stigma: Why Do We Look at Addictions Differently?

    Stop the Stigma: Why Do We Look at Addictions Differently?

    We have all done it. We see someone battling addiction and we ignore them, shake our heads, or maybe even glare with disgust. We judge. It can be easy to do, especially when the addiction is so severe, it can be hard to see the person inside of the “junkie” — or any number of…

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  • Addiction Transfer: Why Treating Underlying Causes Is Key

    Addiction Transfer: Why Treating Underlying Causes Is Key

    Addiction transfer, also known as cross-addiction or transfer addiction, is what happens when you trade one addiction for another. For example, recovery from alcohol abuse may turn into a reliance on cigarettes. An addiction to food, inhibited by bariatric or gastric bypass surgery, may morph into drug or alcohol use. Cocaine addiction may give way…

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  • Sober Dating: Six Tips to Finding Romance Without Compromising Your Recovery

    Sober Dating: Six Tips to Finding Romance Without Compromising Your Recovery

    For those of us recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction, dating can be a complicated and confusing world. When you finally do decide to start dating again, it is important to seek sober dating advice from those in your support group to make sure the time is right.

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  • Creating Habits Instead of Making Resolutions

    Creating Habits Instead of Making Resolutions

    Shift from resolutions to nurturing habits by embracing a mindset of learning and growth. Break free from the limitations of all-or-nothing.

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  • Why Is It So Hard to Stop Using Drugs?

    Why Is It So Hard to Stop Using Drugs?

    It’s probably the No. 1 question we hear from family members or loved ones of those with a substance use disorder: Why is quitting drugs so hard? It would be great if there was a simple answer. Both biological and psychological factors play into the “why” questions of drug addiction. Not only does your brain…

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  • When Clutter & Collecting Becomes Hoarding

    When Clutter & Collecting Becomes Hoarding

    Whether you live in a cozy one-bedroom apartment, a spacious single-family home, or somewhere in-between, we’ve all got an abundance of stuff.  Recent research from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows the US produces 268 million tons — yes, tons — of waste every year. But what about the stuff we don’t throw away that…

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