Owning It

“Hi, my name is _________________, and I’m an alcoholic/addict.” You may have heard this phrase in a movie or on TV. Or maybe you have been the one to say it at your first group meeting. While it can seem

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Everyone’s Rock Bottom Looks Different

In a world where most people share their lives on social media, it can be difficult to navigate the waters of identity because these wireless encounters instantly force comparison. It’s a medium that indirectly compares clothing, lifestyle choices, bodies, and

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The Dangers of Synthetic Cannabinoids 

 According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, “Synthetic cannabinoids (also known as “synthetic marijuana,” with brand names like “K2”) are various man-made chemicals that some people may use as an alternative to marijuana. These seemingly innocent little packages

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You’re Never Not an Addict

We can complete the treatment programs, we can do long stints in rehab, and we can go to group for the rest of our lives, but it won’t change the truth about being an addict—once an addict, always an addict.

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How Do Smart Kids Become Addicts?

From the outside, addictive behavior doesn’t seem very intelligent. In fact, people with substance use disorders are often aware that their substance use is having negative effects on their lives but they can’t seem to do anything about it. We’ve

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