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Healthy Vs. Codependent Relationships – Aftercare

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Relationships are an important part of life and are meant to enhance our journey through life. Sooner or later after one’s initial addiction treatment, opportunities for relationships (romantic or otherwise) will present themselves. Individuals, especially those in recovery should always enter into healthy relationships rather than unhealthy, co-dependent ones. In this article, we discuss the difference between healthy and codependent relationships and how boundaries we create are designed to protect both the individual and the relationship itself.

What is a Co-Dependent Relationship?

Most people are familiar with the term “codependent” but the majority of individuals can’t explain codependent behavior. A codependent relationship is where one person has an extreme emotional or psychological dependence on another person. In other words, one person ends up taking too much responsibility for the relationship while the other person doesn’t take enough. Codependent relationships are very common among drug users.

Boundaries Are Important

We can best understand codependent …

Back Inside – A Drug Addiction Poem by James Rafuse

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The below addiction poem was submitted by one of our heroin discussion and support forum members and Facebook followers and was written by James Rafuse.  Please feel free to share this poem with those suffering or recovering from drug addiction who may benefit from reading it

Back Inside

No-one can scale this wall, I’ve made it far too high
Well get out my way, I’ve at least got to try
The closer I get to it, the bigger it seems
I can do it in my sleep, it’s easy in my dreams

I’ve got to get back, to where I use to reside
I’m dying fast out here, living on the outside

I could dig a hole under, that’s how it got there to start
By living from my bronze,instead of my heart

Starting to climb, my blood’s growing colder
Pale as a sheet, I still want to grow older

There’s totaled cars, ripped shirts, pants …

Rebounding After a Drug Relapse – Is It Possible?

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Addiction treatment is one of the hardest and most rewarding avenues someone with a substance abuse problem can take. As with most journeys in life, addiction treatment and recovery can come with setbacks. Without the right support system in place, those setbacks can lead to a drug relapse.  But what do you do if a drug relapse occurs?

Drug Relapse Vs. Slip

It’s important for anyone in recovery to know the difference between a slip and relapse and to know what to do if relapse occurs.  When someone suffering from substance abuse and/or drug addiction experiences a slip, it typically occurs one time, either against their knowledge or in an extreme moment of weakness. When the slip is realized there is a sense of remorse and a renewed dedication to sobriety.

Relapse is not merely a one-time event, but is instead, continued use and a complete abandonment of the rehabilitation principles and sobriety. …

Why Do Addicts Attack and Insult Each Other?

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Why is it that men and women in long term recovery resort to insults and calling other addicts in long term recovery “druggies’, “junkies”, “drug addicts” and other stigmatic names when they’re angry or mad at them?  It just doesn’t make sense.  While men and women in recovery are human and destined to get in arguments with one another, calling one another insulting names that only serves to further stigmatize addicts  in inexcusable.  And it happens all the time.  If addicts in long term recovery can’t stop the stigma, how can we expect others to?

An Addicts Call to Stop the Stigma

Addicts in long-term recovery are desperate for a second chance at life.  And while addiction treatment and recovery provides individuals with addiction issues with that chance, many people who either don’t understand addiction or have never been affected by it in someway often use stigmatizing names like those mentioned …

Recovery Coaches: Support Specialist or Scam Artist?

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A recovery coach is an individual who has gone through a nominal amount of training in order to provide paid support for men and women suffering from the disease of addiction. Namely, this includes drug and alcohol use associated with substance use disorder or SUD.  Recovery coaches often work with both individuals in active addiction and people in long-term recovery.  The support that recovery coaches provide however, will vary.  But exactly what is the role of a recovery coach and what kind of support do they provide?  Are they qualified to create or provide treatment?  What about offering advice or counseling?  Exactly how much training does a recovery coach have?  Who hires them and what does a certificate in recovery coaching mean?  Are recovery coaches true support specialists or sophisticated scam artists?

What is the Role of a Recovery Coach?

To determine the appropriate role of a recovery coach, I’d like …

Acceptable Addiction? What is it and is Treatment Necessary?

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Addiction can be defined by a pathology and/or abnormality in the brain that creates intense cravings to substances or activities that appear irresistible to the individual.  Addiction is so intense and mirrors other conditions so much in fact that addiction has been declared a disease (see “Proof that Addiction is a Disease and How if Affects the Brain“) by many reputable medical associations across the world including the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Another name for addiction is Substance Use Disorder or SUD.  But what is an acceptable addiction?  Is there such a thing?  If so, is addiction treatment or drug rehab appropriate or beneficial?

Addiction however, in order for it to possess any kind of real power or authority over one’s life, must be accompanied by its object.  An object of addiction refers to a substance or …

Drug Addiction – Simply Defined

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Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease defined by a physical and psychological dependence on drugs, alcohol or a behavior. When an addictive disorder has formed, a person will pursue their toxic habits despite putting themselves or others in harm’s way.

While it can be tempting to try a drug or addictive activity for the first time, it’s all too easy for things to go south – especially in the case of drug and alcohol abuse. When a person consumes a substance repeatedly over time, they begin building a tolerance. A tolerance occurs when you need to use larger amounts of drugs or alcohol to achieve the same effects as when you started.

Prolonged substance abuse can result in a dangerous cycle of drug addiction or substance use disorder — where a person needs to continue using drugs or alcohol in order to avoid the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal brought on …

A Young Woman’s Journey From Drug Addiction to Recovery

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The below addiction and recovery story was submitted to us by a young woman who would like to be kept anonymous.  However, she fervently wanted to share her experience in hopes that it would help others choose a life of sobriety and end their addiction.  A special thanks to this young woman for sharing her story with us.  To share your story or read more, visit our heroin addiction and recovery forum.  You can join by clicking here.

The first time I experimented with drugs I was in elementary school. My dad kept a colossal coke cola tray under the couch that he kept his pot on. He didn’t roll as he went along. My dad would roll them all and leave them on the tray under the couch. So one day I just reached under the couch and grabbed one. My little brother and I ran out to …

Proven Medical Solutions to Opioid Addiction

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Our country is seeing as many overdose related deaths from opioid addiction as there were deaths in the civil war. The numbers are staggering. We must utilize any addiction treatment that prevents overdose deaths. Here are some of the medical choices that have proven to kill opioid addiction and save lives.

Opioids, a class of drugs used to treat pain, often cause feelings of euphoria, are highly addictive, and have claimed some notable lives—Prince, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Kelly, Michael Jackson, and Heath Ledger all died with some form of opioid in their system. The most commonly abused varieties are hydrocodone, morphine, codeine, oxycodone, heroin and fentanyl.

The use of opioids often spurs a vicious and relentless cycle wherein some people start using prescription pain medications for legitimate reasons (e.g., after accidents, following surgery, or to help manage chronic pain). But because of the highly addictive nature of opioids, when some individuals …

Making Amends After Drug Abuse Stops

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After addiction treatment, men and women suffering from the disease of addiction come to realize that successful recovery means following all the steps. Two of these are critical and they both involve making amends. But it’s not as easy as one might think. And making amends isn’t about the addict at all. It’s an attempt to make up for the destruction one’s addiction has caused others. Below, we talk about making amends after drug abuse stops.

The question an individual suffering from substance use disorder aka drug addiction probably while reading this is: How does one make amends for all the hurt, pain and destruction that was caused during active addiction? First, let’s look at what making amends isn’t – and what it is.

Making Amends is Not an Apology

When you brush up against someone in line or invade their personal space by accident, the polite thing to say is “I’m …

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