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Susan Gail Taylor
setting goals in addiction recovery
05
Apr

Setting Goals in Addiction Recovery: 4 Strategic Tips

Struggling with drug and alcohol addiction is quite the challenge. The first step in your recovery process is deciding you are ready to change your life. Once you’ve made that choice, the next step is to set realistic goals for how to make your sobriety a lifelong reality. Let’s get you one step closer to...
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how to manage anxiety in recovery
13
Mar

How to Manage Anxiety in Recovery: 4 Essential Tips

Anxiety is fear. Our hearts race, our palms sweat and ours bodies release extra stress hormones. No matter how irrational our fear seems to others, it doesn’t change our very real struggle with anxiety. When drugs and alcohol are involved, it adds another layer to ours levels of anxiety. Let’s look at 4 tips on...
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books on addiction and recovery
20
Feb

4 Must-Have Books on Addiction and Recovery

If you’re struggling with alcohol addiction, drug addiction or other addictive behaviors, you may have reached the point where you are ready to consider a path to recovery. You may be reaching out to friends and loved ones for guidance. Or you may be researching addiction treatment options and support groups. You are likely also...
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vicodin addiction
04
Feb

Recognizing and Battling the Dangers of Vicodin Addiction

Living with addiction is a huge burden to bear both for the person battling it and the people who love that person. It’s especially heartbreaking when addiction is born out of good intentions. One such example is patients living with chronic illnesses who develop an addiction to prescriptions drugs. In an effort to relieve their...
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opiates and the brain
31
Jan

Opiates and The Brain: The Chemistry of Dependence

We read the headlines about opiates and the opioid crisis here in the United States. We see the damage these drugs are doing among people we know and love as well as in our communities. But what do we really know about the way opiates affect our bodies? Do we know the difference between opioids and opiates?...
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substance abuse in the military
22
Jan

Substance Abuse in the Military: Now Accepting TRICARE

If you or a one of your family members are in the military, you may know that alcohol abuse and drug abuse are on the rise in the armed forces. From concerns over deployment and being away from loved ones to the stress of enduring wartime and living within military culture, substance abuse in the...
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resisting urges in recovery
18
Jan

How to Resist Cravings in Recovery

Resisting cravings in recovery is something that everyone who struggles with addiction experiences. These cravings tend to be tied to memories and can be “defined as an intense, conscious desire, usually to consume.” When you experience alcohol or drug cravings, the “immense neurotransmitter release that is often brought on by the ingestion of drugs is responsible both...
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17
Jan

Opioid Overdose Overtakes Car Crashes as a Leading Cause of Death

The National Safety Council has just released its findings for the leading causes of death in the United States. And for the first time in history, opioid overdose has overtaken the odds of dying in a motor vehicle crash. The new report states there is a 1 in 96 chance of an American suffering an...
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codeine addiction
15
Jan

Codeine Addiction: Symptoms and Treatment Options

You or a loved one may have been prescribed codeine to relieve mild to moderate pain. It is commonly used in combination with other medications. It’s been glamorized in pop culture over the last several years as an ingredient mixed with soft drinks and promethazine in a concoction referred to as lean, codeine lean or purple...
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how to manage withdrawal symptoms
07
Jan

5 Tips on How to Manage Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

One of the most challenging parts of recovering from an alcohol addiction is helping your body become accustomed to the absence of the substance. You may be ready to stop drinking, but you may not expect the strength of your withdrawal symptoms. They can last for a few hours up to a few weeks, depending on...
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