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Addiction and Pregnancy: Know the Risks

Addiction and pregnancy don’t go hand in hand. Far from it. They’re as opposed as two concepts can possibly be. Even so, as we’ll see, the sad reality is that some women go into pregnancy while struggling with a drug addiction. Abusing any substance while pregnant can have serious ramifications for the unborn child. In…

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Addiction in the LGBTQ Community

The LGBTQ community faces many challenges, but one of the most dangerous challenges is the relationship between the LGBTQ community and addiction. A harrowing statistic put forward by the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, “adults defined as “sexual minority” (in this survey, meaning lesbian, gay, or bisexual) were more than twice as…

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7 Reasons To Conquer Addiction

Can you recover from addiction? Are there any good reasons to put in the work required to do so? In this concise post, we tackle these questions, with a focus on solid, concrete reasons to break the addiction cycle. We’re talking real, tangible benefits of recovering from addiction in this post, not philosophical reasons to…

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Does Trauma Contribute to Addiction?

What is trauma anyway, and does it contribute to addiction? In this post, we’ll be tackling that complicated question. We’ll start by looking into what causes addiction in the first place, and then we’ll take a deep dive into trauma. Along the way, you’ll learn how unresolved trauma can contribute to the development of addiction.…

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Addiction Recovery and Forgiveness

According to Greater Good Magazine, “psychologists generally define forgiveness as a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness.” Forgiveness is a way of letting yourself release negative feelings in order to move forward in a…

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Vaping & Addiction: What You Need To Know

Insider reports that “people have been coming up with inventive ways to get high on nicotine for [nearly] a hundred years.” The most recent way that people have begun to ingest nicotine is with e-cigarettes, commonly called “e-cigs,” “mods,” and “vapes” that they use for vaping. Simply put, an electronic cigarette is “a handheld battery-powered…

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Sobriety and Starting Over

Starting your life over after treatment for addiction can be difficult. Once you’ve left the sober confines of a rehabilitation center or treatment program, you have to tackle daily life without substances while still facing triggers. The first 90 days of your recovery are absolutely crucial to your sobriety. This is the time when relapse…

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Relapse: Recognition & Toolkit

As a recovering addict, recognizing that you’re potentially relapsing is one of the most important skills you can develop. Relapse can happen suddenly, as in the case of the dreaded slip, or it can come on over a long period of time. It can feel like an inevitable force. It can even feel like a…