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common relapse triggers for addicts

What are Common Relapse Triggers for Addicts?

Today we’ll explore things that commonly function as “triggers” in tempting an addict to return to the familiar bottle, needle, or other source of chemical comfort. Even if you’ve completed treatment at the best drug and alcohol treatment center in Houston Texas, you’re still at risk for relapse. First, though, a couple of facts about…

man uses cooking as one of his substance abuse substitutes

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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Core Values to Guide Addiction Recovery

Chronic pain impacts every part of your life. Chronic pain can cause depression and anxiety. It can limit your mobility and ability to function. Managing chronic pain can lead to a dependency on prescription pain medication. If you or a loved one is dealing with substance abuse, recovery is possible. You can live a life…

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…

What is Step 3 of the 12 Steps Program?

Step Three of the 12 Steps: We made a decision to turn our will and lives over to the care of God, as we understood him. Step Three of the 12 Steps is the natural follow-up to Steps One and Two. First, we admit that we’ve lost control (Step 1). Then we acknowledge belief in…

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The 12 Steps for Addiction: A Refresher Course

What Are The 12 Steps? Since Alcoholics Anonymous introduced them in the 1930s, “the 12 Steps” have become virtually inseparable from any discussion of addiction recovery. At least 200 organizations–an “Anonymous” for everything from narcotics to hoarding to pornography–and countless treatment centers employ 12-Step programs for the benefit of their members or patients. Still, many…

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Expert Tips for Coping with a Dual Diagnosis & Addiction

You, or a family member, may be among the millions of people with “dual diagnosis”—simultaneous substance-abuse problems and mental illness. People with post-traumatic stress disorder, clinical depression, anxiety disorders, or other mental health disorders are particularly vulnerable to falling into addiction via the attempted-self-medication route. What do treatment professionals and mental-health experts say that can…

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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….

What is Step 12 of the 12 Steps Program?

Step 12 of the 12 Steps: Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. On the path to Step 12 of the 12 Steps, most recovering substance abusers go through a “missionary phase” of…

a girl passed out on a couch and a teen facing the risk factors for addiction

Recovery is Possible Even With High Risk Factors for Addiction

Some of the more obvious risk factors for addiction are maintaining a lifestyle of recreationally using substances known to cause dependence and addiction. Other risk factors are not as obvious but can prove life-altering. Self-medicating for untreated mental or emotional health issues and pain are just as risky and can leave anyone in the grasp…

What is Step 1 of the 12 Steps Program?

Following up last week’s post on The 12 Steps, this week begins a series of posts that examine each of the steps in more detail. Step One of the 12 Steps: We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction–that our lives had become unmanageable. “I can handle it” is one of humanity’s favorite phrases; most of…

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Understanding Addiction Related Clinical Acronyms

When you’re first considering professional treatment for substance abuse (or any other mental/behavioral health issue), reviewing the various clinical acronyms can be overwhelming. What the heck is an LCSW? What’s the difference between a CAC and a CAS? And what exactly can you expect from someone calling herself an SAP? No doubt, already struggling with…