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How Your Brain Chemistry Craves Alcohol

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During my years as a drinker, I was around many people who were slaves to liquor.  I don’t really know how many of them thought of themselves as having a problem.  But I do know that a lot of people emphasize the fun they’re having when drinking and their desire to drink. Heavy drinkers find […]

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We Have to Remember the Children of Alcoholics

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I don’t have any children. Instead, I have a story.  I had a friend once, who I no longer keep in touch with, who probably will never see this. We’ll call her Erica.  She had two children, one who lived with her (the child’s) father, and one who lived with Erica. Erica’s daughter, I’ll call […]

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Vice Says Rehab Doesn’t Work, Alcoholism Isn’t a Disease

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I had to be away from the blog for a period of time, and while I was, I saw something I really wanted to respond to. The libertarian news site Vice ran an interview with the neuroscientist Marc Lewis, who went through rehab for alcoholism himself and applied his experiences to his science know-how (or […]

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Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms

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Cocaine withdrawal is painful and gut-wrenching.  However, there are actually many natural remedies that will cut down on withdrawal.  That will be the focus of this article, which can change the life of anyone you know who’s suffering from such horrible withdrawal. Before we get into the details, let’s look at how big a problem […]

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15 Celebrities Who Have Been to Rehab

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Put things in context!  If you’re struggling with drink, you’re probably beating yourself up.  If you’re in the middle of recovery, you may still be suffering low self-esteem or related issues.  That kind of bad head space, with some isolation it may entail, just isn’t good. It may be a bit helpful to realize you’re […]

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5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Drinking Now

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Here we are again, friends.  Let me take this opportunity to thank you for being here and reading my blog, but also to say that I hope the blog is inspiring you and helping you. But also, there are new readers and this post very well may be for you.  Today we’re going to get […]

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25 Tips For Staying Sober

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This post will give you a nice handy reference to many tips for not just getting sober, but for staying sober. This distills the wealth of information on this blog—not all of it—but some of the basic ideas having to do with remaining sober for the long haul. 1. Motivate yourself every day It’s hard […]

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Tips For Dealing with Withdrawal

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My personal tips for dealing with withdrawal In 2002, a friend of mine called me telling me he’d slept about a half an hour the last two nights.  He’d had to leave his job on a landscaping crew two days in a row.  He found that he was confused, that it seemed slightly dark in […]

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How Long Is Withdrawal For Opiates?

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The key is to seek medication. The most common opiate is heroin.  Others include dilaudid, morphine, and codeine.  There’s also the infamous Oxycontin.  Oxycontin is a heavy-duty pain killer that works for 24-hours.  It’s available only by prescription, is a narcotic, and is often sold or given to someone who does not have the prescription.  […]

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Advice on Forgiveness for Recovered Alcoholics

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Forgiving without excusing. Being a recovered addict—of any kind—means more than just laying off the substance in question.  That’s kind of unfair, because doing just that is extremely hard.  But living as a recovered addict means keeping the rest of your house in order.  You have to get into harmony emotionally—it’s your entire emotional life […]