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Addiction Is Not You, It’s Your Cage

For 100 years, the so called “war on drugs” has waged. Thousands and thousands of people have lost their lives, few of that number being actual addicts. Billions have been spent, yet the rates of addiction and drug sales are going nowhere but up—Why? Every day in Utah, another loved one of an addict finds themselves asking that question, “Why?” It is the same question asked by the world renowned author of the book “Chasing the Scream, Johann Hari, when she set out on her eye-opening 30,000 mile journey around the globe to find the answer. What she found was astonishing. Everything that society has been taught, everything that people think they know and everything that is believed about the “war on drugs,” as well as addiction, is wrong.

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How to Rebuild Trust Once It's Been Broken

[ffb_param route="o gen text"]Trust is one of the most important aspects of healthy relationships. When our spouse cheats on us or our best friend throws us under the bus, we’re left with tons of questions and doubts about our relationship. Why would this person we thought we could trust lie to us? Is that the first time they’ve lied, or have they lied about other things? We often wonder if we’ll be able to trust them again or if we’ll always wonder whether they’re really being honest with us. When we’re the ones who have betrayed our loved one’s trust, we might feel as though our relationship is doomed, no matter how sorry we feel for our actions or words.

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5 Things About Addiction That May Surprise You

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is a chronic disease that affects the brain. It causes changes in the neural pathways that remember the pleasures of activities such as eating, sex, alcohol and drug use, gambling, etc. When triggered, these pleasurable memories cause an overwhelming desire to repeat the experience. Without the proper skills to overcome this desire, and without dealing with the root causes of the issues that led to the addictions to begin with, it’s easy to fall into the cycle of addiction. After all, pleasure is a hard thing to resist.

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From Addict to Iron Man: The Transformation of Robert Downey Jr.

When he was just eight years old, Robert Downey Jr.’s father introduced him to drugs. It did not take long for Robert Downey Jr. to become addicted.

Robert Downey Jr. was born in April of 1965. His father, Robert Downey Sr., was an avant-garde film director with a passion for social issues. Downey Senior was also enthusiastic about drugs. In the 1988 book The New Breed, Downey said he grew up in a house where there were a lot of drugs just lying around. Unlike most households of the time where fathers and sons bonded over baseball or cars, the Downey family shared a love of acting and a passion for drugs.

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Money Management Tips for Recovering Addicts

Managing Money and Addiction Recovery

In recovery, you heard a lot about emotions, spirituality, and self-awareness. One thing you probably didn't hear enough about was money management even though it might be one of the most important keys to a successful recovery. Why? Many addicts use up their entire life savings to fund their addiction. As soon as they receive cash, they spend it on drugs until they find their way into homelessness, poverty, and debt. Even those who don't find themselves in financial ruin begin to associate spending money with the rush of getting high. This can turn money into a powerful trigger or lead to spending on other things becoming a replacement addiction. For these reasons, money management is just as important as the "Big Three" — people, places, and things to avoid — and it is critical to understand this fourth threat to sobriety.

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Loving the Skin You're In: Steps to Promote a Positive Body Image

Social media is buzzing over the graceful way that singer Kelly Clarkson handled a woman who engaged in some very unkind, and very public, “fat shaming”, ridiculing Clarkson’s physical size and appearance. Seemingly unaware of the whole incident, when it was explained to Clarkson, she laughed it off and maintained that the critical woman could only say such mean-spirited things because she did not know Clarkson. "I'm awesome! It doesn't bother me.”

Reasons People Fail to Overcome Addiction

Why Addiction Recovery Didn't Work Out… Again

How Frustrated Are You With Addiction Recovery?

Whether you've attempted rehab in the past and were unsuccessful or you are considering rehab for the first time, it's important to understand the challenges that many people just like you face throughout the process. After all, while some people are able to "get clean" after just one attempt at rehab, many people find that it takes several attempts to kick their habits for good.

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Forgiveness and Addiction Recovery

Addictions and other afflictions of the human heart and mind tend to cloud a person's emotional state. When we become an addict or commit a misdeed, we can often find ourselves full of resentment. This resentment can turn to anger, and soon we find ourselves hanging onto a vast repertoire of grudges. Learning how to move away from this anger is a key step in being able to enter into a state of sobriety. The key component to the latter state of being resides in your ability to forgive yourself, as well as the other people in your life.

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The Importance of Nutrition During Addiction Recovery

Nutrition for Addiction Recovery

Those recovering from addiction can be motivated by these insightful words from Carl Bard: “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” Your issues with drugs or alcohol do not have to shed a dark shadow over your entire life. You can bring new light into your life at any moment and that starts with the choice to change. Quitting is an important and necessary step for change, but there are other steps you must take to ensure your success—strengthening yourself both physically and mentally. Why?

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