What would you say to someone just starting out in addiction recovery? This was the question posed by Yamaha Media to alumni of The Ranch treatment center, whose stories of addiction and recovery were filmed for a powerful video played at the 2015 UNITE to Face Addiction rally in Washington, D.C. Tens of thousands of […]
Carl is a soft-spoken screenwriter who grew up in an impoverished, alcoholic home. For most of his adult life, Carl has turned to alcohol to cope with grinding depression and a gnawing sense of not being good enough. One night after a weekend of drinking, Carl had a blackout. He awoke in his car with […]
The addict has a restless brain, and substances or compulsive behaviors are used to self-regulate the overworked brain. That process eventually leads to a trail of destruction: lost jobs, failed marriages, neglected children, plundered fortunes.
Recovery from sex addiction can take a long time. Although every person is different, for some people it can take up to years to recover completely. Not only do people with sex addiction need to go through a period of abstinence until they can reliably stay away from addictive sexual behaviors, they also need to […]
Smoking is traditionally tolerated in rehab and early recovery. The prevailing idea has been that if someone can give up drugs or alcohol, she should at least be allowed to smoke. That cigarette may be the only thing keeping her from relapsing, or so the story goes. The truth about smoking in recovery tells a […]
A self-compassionate attitude can help offset the influence of shame and rumination that often plague recovering sex addicts, a new study finds.
One of the most challenging aspects of recovery is how to handle triggers. No matter what the source addiction is—whether it’s alcohol and substance addictions, sexual addictions, addictive co-dependencies or something else—we all have to deal with things that make us want to re-engage in the self-destructive patterns that brought us into recovery in the […]
What does it really take to get sober and stay sober? If you talk to several people in recovery, you may get several opinions. Some will emphasize the importance of a sponsor or attending a lot of meetings. Others will insist that they couldn’t have gotten sober without the religious undertones of Alcoholics Anonymous.
When I sit in the rooms, I’m sometimes struck by how different we addicts are on the surface. In one of my meetings, there’s a surgeon, a homeless artist and a C-level executive, just to name a few. But we’re all there because of problems with love and relationship addiction (every member of the group […]
Clichés are badly overused. This does not make them invalid, however; in fact it is the indisputable truth behind clichés that leads people to overuse them in the first place.