• Playing It by Heart: Taking Care of Yourself No Matter What

    In her book Playing It by Heart, Beattie helps readers understand what drives them back into the grasp of controlling behavior and victimhood-and what it takes to pull themselves out, to return to the healing, faith, and maturity that come with a commitment to recovery. Personal essays, inspiring anecdotes, and prescriptive reminders show readers how […]

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  • Recovery Strategies and Coping Skills

    The First Rule of Recovery You don’t recover from an addiction by stopping using. You recover by creating a new life where it is easier to not use. If you don’t create a new life, then all the factors that brought you to your addiction will eventually catch up with you again. You don’t have […]

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  • Study Reveals Stress Hormone Impacts On Alcohol Recovery

    Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that high levels of a stress hormone in recovering alcoholics could increase the risk of relapse. The study showed that cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal gland in response to stress, is found in high levels in chronic alcoholics, as well as those recovering from the […]

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  • Supporting an Addict Who’s Relapsed

    The path toward recovery from addiction often isn’t a straight line. It’s important that family and friends know what to do, and what not to do, at this critical time. Seeing a loved one return to drugs or alcohol during or after addiction treatment can be devastating to family and friends. You may feel as […]

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  • Mindfulness and the 12 Steps: Living Recovery in the Present Moment

    With the artistry of a memoirist, Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart draws on her personal story and an impressive range of knowledge in psychology, spirituality, and the Twelve Steps to show us the way out of the morass of pain and confusion that addiction creates. Mindfulness and the 12 Steps is moving and inspiring, full of practical guidance. […]

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  • Meeting the Needs of Students in Recovery

    Overview In its 2002 report on college drinking, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism describes U.S. college campuses as supporting a culture of drinking. Staying clean and sober in an environment where drinking and, to a lesser extent, other drug use is an accepted behavior presents real challenges to students who are in […]

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  • Recovery: There is Hope for Everyone

    This was written as a response to the news of Amy Winehouse’s death Those who do not survive addiction leave behind grieving families, friends and communities who may question what they could have done differently. To this tremendously agonizing question there is no single or simple answer. We can, however, start to look at addiction […]

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  • 10 Tips for Restructuring Your Life in Recovery

    In recovery, things are bound to be different. There’s simply no way that life can go on as it did before. Still, recovery is a scary prospect for many who are just beginning this stage of the healing process. There are so many unknowns, and it’s hard to know how to plan for such a […]

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