Recovery Blog

Anxiety

What came first, anxiety or addiction? Irony dictates that anxiety leads to addiction and addiction leads to anxiety. Self-medicating anxiety with drugs and alcohol increase tolerance that eventually require more drugs and alcohol. Anxiety is only relieved for a short period of time, until the underlying reasons for the anxiety and consequently the circumstance for… Continue Reading
Aug 11 2016

The Price of Pleasure

Years ago, doctors and scholars suggested moral failure or lack of willpower to the sick and suffering addict. Today, we understand that addiction is a chronic disease that changes both the brain’s function and structure. The metamorphosis begins with the manipulation of our pleasure center. Scientifically speaking, the release of neurotransmitter dopamine lying under the… Continue Reading
Jul 25 2016

Children

Over 30 million Americans are inflicted by the disease of addiction. Broken homes, child abuse, neglect, and abandonment have become an unfortunate norm. Mental illness and substance abuse affect our children pre-natally. An unborn child suffers in the presence of a chemical imbalance or negative emotional state. Secrets, shame, guilt, fear, resentment, and despair are… Continue Reading
Jul 12 2016

Independence

Independence Independence is defined as FREEDOM from the influence, control, or guidance from someone or something.  Is it possible to achieve independence without first being imprisoned? Imprisonment doesn’t always mean jail or prison. Enslavement can exist in relationships, addiction, mental illness, isolation. Addiction, trauma, loss, abuse, abandonment, and alienation can leave us scarred beyond all recognition…. Continue Reading
Jun 30 2016
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Does Sexual Abuse Promote Substance Abuse?

Does Sexual Abuse Promote Substance Abuse? The argument over nature vs nurture is a question for the ages. Genetic predisposition and post-traumatic stress disorder pave the way for similar addictive tendencies resulting in a deadly disease. Treatment programs and 12 step communities are flooded with trauma survivors. There is a pronounced correlation between sexual abuse… Continue Reading
Jun 27 2016