Alcoholism

The Power of Vision in Sobriety

A major key to finding freedom from chemical dependency is to avoid emphasizing “freedom from” at the expense of “freedom to.” Many people fail to stay clean because, on the subconscious level at least, they think that giving up drugs also means giving up stress relief, enjoyment, or other good-in-themselves things that they’ve come to…

Eternal Vigilance is Required to Stay Sober

The first known person to use the “eternal vigilance” quote—in that wording—was Wendell Phillips, speaking to the Massachusetts Antislavery Society in 1852. It follows that vigilance in sobriety follows the same vein as the quotes below. The sentiment is at least as old as the Founding Fathers: “They that can give up essential liberty to…

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Navigating Life’s Ups and Downs: Embracing the Journey

If you or someone you know has embarked on the journey of recovery from addiction, you probably understand just how crucial it is to maintain sobriety over the long term. After all, recovery is a lifelong process, and it’s essential to have the right tools and support in place to navigate the ups and downs…

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Exploring the Effectiveness of Holistic Approaches in Addiction Recovery

In recent years, there has been a notable shift in the approach to addiction recovery, with an increasing emphasis on holistic methods. While traditional treatment modalities have played a crucial role in rehabilitation programs, the recognition of holistic approaches as valuable complements has gained momentum. Holistic approaches recognize the intricate connection between the mind, body,…

The Will to Recover from Addiction

In recognition of July’s status as Independence Day month, our next several posts will focus on the theme of freedom and the will to recover. Like all major life changes, freedom from addiction is easier to dream of than to achieve. Anyone can wish for a better life; relatively few are willing to work for it. It’s…

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How to Combat Addiction with Mindfulness

“Mindfulness creates space around our pain” (Kemah Palms CEO James Flowers). Mindfulness reduces the desperate feeling that instant relief is everything and self-medication is the easiest option. Being mindful lessens cravings, decrease tension, and tame the attitudes that feed unhealthy habits. Mindfulness is, at heart, a way of accepting oneself and the way things are….

Recognizing the Symptoms of Alcoholism

Don’t underestimate the danger of alcohol. Although it’s a legal drug and ridiculously easy to buy, it carries a high addiction potential. Are you currently struggling with the symptoms of alcoholism? Here’s how you can find out. Don’t Let Definitions Trick You into a False Sense of Security When talking about the symptoms of alcoholism,…

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Is Addiction a Disease?

If you are familiar with addiction, you may have heard addiction referred to as a disease. But why is addiction a disease? Addiction involves complex changes to your pleasure and reward center and interferes with your brain’s ability to produce and release the proper amounts of neurotransmitters. Like other mental health disorders, addiction results in changes…

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Deciding Between Detox Centers in Houston

Detoxification is the beginning of your journey toward long-lasting recovery. It’s not easy. However, with the help of one of the detox centers in South Houston, it’s possible to do so safely and comfortably. How do you pick the right facility? Understanding the Mechanism of Chemical Dependency Recovery from addiction happens in two stages. Firstly,…

Success Stories from Kemah Palms: Triumphs Over Addiction

Addiction is a universal challenge that touches the lives of countless individuals across the globe. Its complexity can be bewildering, often leaving those affected searching for answers and solutions. To navigate this intricate issue, it’s crucial to delve into the very heart of addiction, comprehending its definition, and unraveling the profound impact it has on…

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Setting Goals in Addiction Recovery

Once you’re detoxed, self-evaluated, and feeling hopeful for a substance-free future, it’s time to clarify your vision for that future. Few things are as universally advocated as setting goals during substance abuse treatment. Yet, even the healthiest people struggle to define what those concepts mean for them. As the saying goes, “If it were easy,…

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…