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Isn’t Sobriety Boring?

By epfaff / February 19, 2019 / Comments Off on Isn’t Sobriety Boring?

One of the scariest and most pervasive thoughts in early recovery is often, “What am I going to do now?”. In our active using and drinking, we generally experience very little enjoyment.  Out life is in shambles.  Whether it be our home life, our self care, our careers, our grades in school…we are generally having…

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What is The Success Rate of Treatment?

By epfaff / February 11, 2019 / Comments Off on What is The Success Rate of Treatment?

A question often frantically asked by those seeking recovery from themselves or a loved one, what is the success rate? I’ve heard relapse is so common and treatment doesn’t mean it’ll get better. Some of the statistics are frightening. So many factors go into these figures that it can be hard to navigate.  What constitutes…

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Is 12 Step Recovery Religious?

By epfaff / February 4, 2019 / Comments Off on Is 12 Step Recovery Religious?

When seeking recovery, most of us who drink and use is trying to get clean…not find god.  Sometimes in meetings, it may seem that the whole program is centered around religion. “God, Him, spirituality” are mentioned throughout numerous recovery readings and even the 12 steps. First, let us look at the beginnings of 12 step…

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The Attitude of Gratitude

By epfaff / January 21, 2019 / Comments Off on The Attitude of Gratitude

The idea of gratitude is a common theme when speaking about sobriety, but why is it important? Gratitude is the quality of being thankful.  As addicts, especially addicts in early recovery, this can be difficult.  By the time we seek help, we have created some substantial hardships in our lives.  We may have relationship issues,…

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Should I Seek Recovery Where I Used?

By epfaff / January 14, 2019 / Comments Off on Should I Seek Recovery Where I Used?

There is conflicting information about this topic in the recovery community. On one hand, we are told we must  “change people/places/things”. It can be very beneficial to an addict/alcoholic to relocate to a strong recovery community.   For those of us able to relocate, this is often the best option.  Many times, the town a…

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Is Total Abstinence The Only Way?

By epfaff / January 7, 2019 / Comments Off on Is Total Abstinence The Only Way?

Ask 100 people how they maintain long term sobriety, and you will likely get 100 different answers. A heated area of debate is in regards to total abstinence.   On a public health level, addiction is often treated with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). The concern is less with a total life change, and more about…

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The Kindling Effect and Alcohol Use Disorder in Durham, NC

By epfaff / December 28, 2018 / Comments Off on The Kindling Effect and Alcohol Use Disorder in Durham, NC

For some reason, some people can drink alcohol and never crave another drink as long as they live. Other people can’t make it through the day without drinking alcohol. There is no rhyme or reason as to why people start drinking alcohol. Science has provided some information on why some people continue to drink. People…

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Tips for Returning to Your Job After Drug Rehab in Fayetteville, North Carolina

By epfaff / December 20, 2018 / Comments Off on Tips for Returning to Your Job After Drug Rehab in Fayetteville, North Carolina

Making the decision to go to inpatient drug rehab in Fayetteville is not something you do lightly. It takes a lot of courage to leave your life behind and seek treatment for your drug addiction. If you have a job or career, you will have to put it on hold while you attend treatment. You…

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Statistics on North Carolina Opioid Deaths

By epfaff / December 14, 2018 / Comments Off on Statistics on North Carolina Opioid Deaths

 The problem dates back to the ‘90s when the pharmaceutical industry introduced us to prescription painkillers. We were reassured by doctors and the medical industry that these were wonder drugs. They would stop our pain and have little to no negative side effects. Doctors knew these drugs were addictive. They just chose not to tell…

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What Can I Do If My Elderly Parent is Addicted to Opioids?

By epfaff / December 10, 2018 / Comments Off on What Can I Do If My Elderly Parent is Addicted to Opioids?

We often read news stories and journal articles about parents dealing with children addicted to opioids. We may talk to people who are trying to get their spouse to get help for their opioid addiction. However, we don’t often hear stories about people whose elderly parents are addicted to opioids. However, consider that people have…

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