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Long Term Side Effects of Xanax Use

Xanax is a potent benzodiazepine that is used to treat anxiety or depression. Although Xanax was designed to be a short-term drug (prescriptions up to six weeks), doctors continue to prescribe Xanax long after its intended use. As a result, you may experience long term side effects of Xanax if you continue to use it….

What is Step 11 of the 12 Steps Program

Step 11 of the 12 Steps: We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry it out. As you begin Step 11 of the 12 Steps, you may recall that our post on Step Two…

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Dangers of Synthetic Heroin Abuse

Heroin’s typically a drug that people make from morphine, which comes from the poppy plant. It’s a potentially deadly substance that quickly hooks its users. A new way of doing the drug is via synthetic heroin abuse. What is it, and how do you get help? Understanding How Synthetic Heroin Abuse Happens There’s no specific…

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What is a Functioning Alcoholic?

What is a functioning alcoholic? You may not realize it, but people function every day with high levels of alcohol in their system. They do not exhibit the classic alcoholic look of the rough-looking person who falls down. In many cases, a functioning alcoholic goes about their daily routine. The only difference is that they…

What is Step 10 of the 12 Step Program?

Step 10 of the 12 Steps: We continued to take personal inventory, and, when we were wrong, promptly admitted it. Like it or not, recovery from addiction isn’t something you can do once and cross off your bucket list. We all get hungry again after eating, tired again after sleeping, dirty again after showering, flabby…

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12 Substance Abuse Substitutes

Among common reasons for substance abuse are boredom, feelings of personal worthlessness, and lack of purpose in life. To understand the importance of substance abuse substitutes, switch “desperate to retreat into an artificial high” for “hurried” in the following quote from philosopher Eric Hoffer, and you have a truth perfectly applicable to any of the…

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What Are Side Effects of Xanax?

Benzodiazepines are prescription medications used to treat conditions related to anxiety. Due to their calming effect, benzodiazepines like Xanax are highly effective in treating symptoms related to anxiety and panic attack disorders. Unfortunately, because the effects of Xanax are so powerful, the medication is prone to abuse. Xanax is one of the most prescribed medications…

What is Step 9 of the 12 Steps Program?

Step Nine of the 12 Steps : We made direct amends to such persons [“all persons we had wronged,” Step Eight] whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. For many 12-Steppers, the subordinate clause in Step Nine of the 12 Steps (“except when …”) seems a welcome excuse for avoiding…

Perfectionism and Substance Addiction

Nobody is perfect. Over 60 years ago, J. B. Phillips wrote (in Your God is Too Small): “Of all the false gods there is probably no greater nuisance in the spiritual world than the ‘god of one hundred per cent.’ …  This one-hundred-per-cent standard is a real menace [which] has led quite a number of sensitive, conscientious…

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Is Alcohol a Stimulant or Depressant?

Alcohol is a highly addictive substance that is widely available. In fact, it is one of the most popular psychoactive substances, with the majority of American adults consuming alcohol on a regular basis. The difference between social drinking, binge drinking, and alcoholism can sometimes become blurred, especially because alcohol is socially acceptable. So, is alcohol…

What is Step 8 of the 12 Steps Program?

Step Eight of the 12 Steps: We made a list of all persons we had wronged, and became willing to make amends to them all. Step Eight of the 12 Steps is the first major move toward returning to the “real world” with changed behavior to match your changed attitude. In a way, this step is counterintuitive. If the…

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Holistic Approach to Addiction Recovery

The body has interdependent parts that affect each other. Because of that, physical pain can trigger mental distress, and emotional stress can lead to anxiety and insomnia. These are all common issues that people face when they have an addiction. Taking a holistic approach to recovery addresses every aspect of their health to help them…