Category: Articles

Simple Ways To Find Serenity

Let’s face it, stress doesn’t cut you a break just because you’re sober. That’s why it’s so important to build a lifestyle that promotes serenity.  “If you start feeling stressed and don’t pay attention, telling yourself things like, ‘It’s not that big of a deal,’ you end up with a minor stressor that causes a …

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NHTSA Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fact Sheet

*Source: US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Saftey Administration, DOT HS 811 606 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Drivers are considered to be alcohol-impaired when their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher. Thus, any fatal crash involving a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher is considered to be an alcohol-impaired …

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A Look at Drinking and Driving in the United States

US adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010. Though episodes of driving after drinking too much (“drinking and driving”) have gone down by 30% during the past 5 years, it remains a serious problem in the US. Alcohol-impaired drivers* are involved in about 1 in 3 crash deaths, …

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The 12-Steps

Step 1 – We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable Step 2 – Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity Step 3 – Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as …

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RELAPSE ASSESSMENT GUIDE

Relapse Assessment Guide To assess your efforts before relapse ask yourself these questions about positive actions and these questions about relapse behavior. Positive recovery actions How many meetings were you attending per week? How many meetings were you talking in? How many invitations did you accept from others in the program to socialize with them? …

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WHAT IS ADDICTION? WHAT CAUSES ADDICTION?

This article focuses mainly on addiction to physical substances. In the past addiction used to refer just to psychoactive substances that cross the blood-brain barrier, temporarily altering the chemical balance of the brain; this would include alcohol, tobacco and some drugs. A considerable number of psychologists, other health care professionals and lay people now insist …

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Recovery & Self-Acceptance

The lack of self-acceptance is a problem for many recovering addicts.  The subtle defect is difficult to identify and often goes unrecognized.  Many of us believed that using drugs was our problem, denying the fact that our lives had become unmanageable.  Even after we stop using, this denial can continue to plague us.  Many of …

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New definition of “Recovery” proposed by SAMHSA

Recovery from Mental Disorders andSubstance Use Disorders: A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. Through the Recovery Support Strategic Initiative, SAMHSA has delineated four major dimensions that support a life in recovery: Health: overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) as …

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