The Stigma Of Addiction: How Do I Break It?

The Stigma Of Addiction: How Do I Break It?

Addiction, Recovery Tips
What is Alcoholism? In 1956, alcoholism was classified as a disease by the American Medical Association. The definition of a disease is “a quality, habit, or disposition regarded as adversely affecting a person or a group of people.” The AMA’s conclusion is fitting to say the least. Today, alcoholism is a part of a much larger epidemic - the disease of addiction. Unlike physical ailments, alcohol addiction has become a serious societal issue, one plagued by stigmas and stereotypes. People often say, “Addicts are weak, they just need to toughen up and quit,” or, “Addicts are liars, burnouts and waste of space,” and “Addicts are bad people and criminals.” All too often these types of judgmental statements are spoken. The purpose of this article is to give the reader a glimpse…
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Gratitude: How to Remain Grateful

Gratitude: How to Remain Grateful

Addiction, Gratitude, Recovery Tips
Gratitude: The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Someone recently messaged us at Pathfinders Recovery Center and asked for a blog on the topic of gratitude. We thought to ourselves, “that is a great idea,” especially considering gratitude is so essential in everyday life and our in level of happiness. It is so easy after some time sober to ‘let the shine wear off’, but here are some tips and tricks we use to better our attitudes daily at Pathfinders Recovery Center that really work! For starters to establish a little credibility let us take a quick look at the research. The results of an 8-year study from The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley indicated that a regular and continuous gratitude…
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The Heroin Effect Of The Mind & Body

The Heroin Effect Of The Mind & Body

Addiction, Heroin Addiction, Opiates
Heroin Use Today Heroin is an opioid, first synthesized and sold in the late 1800’s. Like other opioids, heroin has a calming affect on the body, used as an antidepressant and a painkiller. Opioids have been used for centuries to provide relief from pain beginning in Egypt before making their way to Europe and India. Derived from opium poppy sap, opioids can be found in the form of powder, tablets, pills, syrups and capsules. Heroin is typically sold in a powder that is most commonly injected, but can also be snorted smoked or sniffed. It is one of the most addictive substances on the market, which is why it is the most deadly. It has become one of the most widely used drugs amongst users worldwide with statistics rising everyday.…
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10 Defeating Attitudes in Early Sobriety and How To Combat Them

10 Defeating Attitudes in Early Sobriety and How To Combat Them

Addiction, Recovery Tips
Getting sober is one of, if not the hardest thing that us addicts will ever have to do. The journey to long term recovery is a hard one, often bumpy and filled with difficult personal and emotional challenges. Here are some thoughts and belief systems that commonly come up for us amongst early sobriety to be aware of, watch out for, and discard when they creep in! 1. The Non Sober People Are More Fun Addicts in general, myself included spend our time trying to do WHATEVER we can to “feel good” in the moment.  Sometimes life is not going to feel good and that is when we do not know how to handle it. That being said, the guys and gals that are goofing off, not working on themselves…
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