Why Non-Addicts Often Misunderstand the Concept of Recovery

A person who is said to have recovered from an illness can be understood to have successfully fought of the bacteria or virus causing the illness and to have regained the level of health which he or she enjoyed prior to that illness. This is the common understanding of the word “recovery,” and based on this most of the general public impute this definition to the word when used in the context of addiction.

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So Many Young People in Recovery Across the US

I’ve been seeing comments on Facebook and Twitter about a National Leadership Conference for Young People in Recovery that’s being held right now in Denver. Young People in Recovery is a national organization that invites people to establish chapters in their town that provide support for teens and young adults in recovery and teaches them how to act as advocates for social change. As I look through Facebook, I see mentions of young people flying in to Denver from Young People in Recovery Chapters all over the country: New Jersey, Texas, Chicago, North Carolina, Philadelphia, Wisconsin, Maine, and more. From…

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Life Skills and Their Relation to Recovery

Until Betty Ford went public with her addictions and her recovery, no one knew much or talked much about addiction treatment. A drunk might go to the hospital to “dry out” – in other words, get off alcohol. But that left the cravings and desire to be drunk untouched. About the only method a person had for getting off heroin was a “cold turkey” withdrawal, a very grim process. But then Betty Ford established her center and celebrities began to arrive for treatment. This took the idea of addiction recovery into the mainstream. But by the time the Betty Ford…

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Interventions Can Save Lives

There is a very unfortunate belief that is held by many families who are trying to help an addicted loved one. And that is that the person must “hit rock bottom” before they can be helped. I don’t know who invented that phrase but they did not do anyone any favors. This phrase is often repeated by those working in or writing about addiction recovery. But I’ll tell you why it is so dangerous. With the type of drugs on the market today, a person can easily be dead before they hit rock bottom.

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Desperate Krokodil Addict Recovers

Of all the addictions, as terrible as they all are, perhaps the most desperate is an addiction to Krokodil. This is a drug that started being home-cooked in Russia by heroin addicts. Someone realized that they could buy over-the-counter headache medication that contained codeine and strip the opiate base out of it. Then when this drug was injected, it would have an effect similar to that of heroin but it would not last as long. In these kitchen drug labs, the most caustic and damaging chemicals are used to strip out the opiate. Chemicals like gasoline, lighter fluid, iodine, lye…

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New Story Published on Narconon Says Its Never Too Late

Narconon was recently the focus of a story in CityWatch, a Los Angeles area news publication which reports on local stories that are of interest to people in the City of Angels. “The Narconon Lesson: It’s Never too Late,” tells the story of Narconon’s development and its history over the more than 40 years since the organization was founded. It also discusses modern views on the Narconon program and the work that it is doing in the world, as well as addressing some of the most common misconceptions about Narconon. The author of the piece is Rosemary Jenkins, who is…

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3 Ways To Repair Relationships Through Recovery

Valerie Hartman began her career as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines when she was in her early 20s. She loved her job, the company and her fellow crew members, and for many years was a loyal employee. Valerie’s life took a turn for the worse, however, when the lives of two of her family members were claimed by violence. Soon, she was taking prescription drugs to alleviate the depression that was ruining her life, but before long she transitioned into using cocaine and alcohol to self-medicate. Due to Southwest’s strict policies on drug and alcohol use in the workplace,…

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Recovery From Addiction Does Not Have to Be Infinite

There are some addiction rehab programs that require a commitment of years. When a person uses support groups for recovery, it may be necessary for that person to commit to years of frequent meetings. A therapeutic community may require years of residence for a person to fully develop sober living skills. On the other hand, a short term program of 28 to 30 days is very often far too short a time to enable a person to rebuild a life that was destroyed by addiction. Perhaps a short term program should be followed by counseling or further service but if…

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Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

The options for alcohol addiction treatment vary hugely, from the prescription of drugs that are intended to make a person sick if they drink, to a continuous course of hundreds of meetings at support groups. In this area, there has been no standardization of treatment that has proven to be successful. Across the nation, the success rate for recovery at most treatment programs ranges from 16% to 20%. Some programs run at an even lower success rate than this. This singular lack of success can be very difficult for the family of an alcoholic who desperately wishes for his or…

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How to Recover from Heroin

Finding out that a loved one has been using and is addicted to heroin is a terrible moment for any parent, sibling or other family member. Just as tragic is the fact that many heroin addicts go through rehab after rehab without finding stable recovery. That is the reason for the rise of the many other alternatives to real recovery from heroin addiction. These programs go a certain way down the road of helping a heroin addict achieve a better life but many stop there. There are programs in Europe, the US and Canada that provide heroin addicts with medical…

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