Susan Gail Taylor

Famous Athletes Who Used Faith-Based Addiction Recovery

Athletes at all levels are under tremendous pressure. Fans, coaches, family, and teammates may induce stresses that push many athletes to the edge. This pressure is a double-edged sword. It can give athletes the extra motivation they need to succeed, but it can also create stress that leads to substance abuse. When athletes turn to...
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how to tell friends you're sober

How to Tell Friends You’re Sober in 4 Steps

So you made a decision to stop drinking and/or using drugs. Now, you’re in in a recovery program or maybe you’re still researching your treatment options. Either way, congratulations! Taking those steps is the hardest part, but there are other challenges ahead, including how to tell friends you’re sober.  Let’s look at what you can...
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women and men in addiction recovery

15 Facts About Women and Men in Addiction Recovery

Addiction is an epidemic that can affect anyone regardless of gender, race, religion, disability or status. But while it haunts all facets of society, there are specific and well-documented differences between women and men in addiction recovery.  If you have a loved one who is battling addiction, it’s a good idea to understand how the...
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how to plan a sober summer

How to Plan a Sober Summer in 6 Steps

The temperatures are high, and there’s not a cloud in the sky. The summer months are upon us, and its delightful weather brings invites to pool parties, lazy days at the beach, adventures at amusement parks and more. But these events can also bring temptations to use drugs and alcohol. Don’t worry: we’ve got 6...
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setting goals in addiction recovery

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

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

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

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

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

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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