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Five Things to do when you've inherited addiction If you have a family history of addiction, here's how to break the cycle. [Read this US News and World Report]

The perfect getaway  Often, what the alcoholic and addict needs help getting away from is our own thoughts and feelings that slowly erode the sense of emotional sobriety. A trip to a sunny, tropical beach or a verdant, quiet forest may do the trick for some but, for others, spending time with other recovering people in a safe and secure environment is what's needed. In other words, everywhere we go, there we are — and that's the problem. [Read this article from Hazelden]

The Secret Life of Other Addictions By Brenda Iliff All addictions have a physical component (once we start, we can't stop) and a mental component (which leads to can't quit or stay quit.) These components lead us to the "gift of desperation" and a willingness to find the miracle that many have found in the Twelve Step rooms. [Read this article from Hazelden]

Rebranding Recovery By Bringing A New Message To People Struggling With Addiction "People are losing their lives because they're afraid and ashamed. They don't want to ask for help." This stigma-perpetuated deterrent is causing roughly 89% of people to shy away from asking for help – only 11% of the nearly 23 million struggling with addiction receive help every year. [Read this article]

Relationships with medications Video - Following the death of singer Whitney Houston, Hazelden's William C. Moyers was interviewed by CNN about the use of prescription drugs in recovery. [Watch it]

My Story to Yours Reflecting on one's life story or telling it to others is intertwined with each of the Twelve
Steps. Putting that story in your own words, to share with others or for your own personal growth, is often a helpful exercise. In this excerpt from My Story to Yours, author Karen Casey tells part of her story and offers suggestions for telling your own. [Read excerpt]

Using the AA Slogans to Deal with Holiday Stress I took my last drink and used my last drug on December 27, 1997. Right smack in the middle of the holidays. As you can imagine, Thanksgiving and Christmas were not so good for either me or my family that year. New Year's was a little better, but not by much. Since then, I have experienced 17 consecutive holiday seasons without using drugs or alcohol. But even with 17 years of practice under my belt, the holidays can still be stressful if I'm not careful. [Read this article]

Cognitive Improvement and Alcohol Recovery from Butler Center for Research [Learn more]

Six Ways Laughter Improves Your Life in Recovery By Misti B., author of "If You Leave Me, Can I Come with You: Daily Meditations for Codependents and Al-Anons... with a Sense of Humor" [Read Misti's thoughts]

Do's and Don'ts in Psychotherapy for People Who Have Addictions: Posted July 27, 2015 in Living with Addiction by Lance Dodes [Read on]

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.—Sigmund Freud The truth is our friend. It is a rough and humble kind of friend - but a friend nonetheless.[Read the thought for today from Hazelden]

Family Recovery Means Children, Too! In the United States alone, one out of every four kids comes from a family hurt by alcoholism. [Read this article from Hazelden's Recovery Matters]

How Mindfulness is Working Its Way Into My Life... and Into Addiction Treatment
Posted May 18, 2015 in Addiction Treatment Methods, Living with Addiction by Anne Fletcher [Learn more] 

Let's Talk About SEX –ADDICTION...Is it real? Is it fake? Is it an excuse? Is it an overactive libido? Or could it actually be an addiction?As someone who suffered for nearly 12 years with sex addiction, I can confirm that it is definitely real. By A.D. Burks. [Read his story]

Finding Spirituality
The topic of spirituality is a broad one. In early recovery, it occurred to me that it would be necessary to sift through the religious beliefs I'd received throughout life and come to know my true beliefs. It was a process that required time and effort; to separate my concept of God from a religious concept to a spiritual one. The greatest tool in this endeavor has been the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. [Learn more]

Mindfulness and Recovery
A growing body of research indicates that mindfulness meditation can not only help relieve the kind of stress that triggers an urge to use, but can also relieve underlying depression and anxiety as well.[Read on]

Risk and Resiliency in Recovery
Delia Jurek, renewal specialist at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center, is a teacher, artist, and actor with more than 25 years at Hazelden. She sees the Big Book as a source of wisdom for daily living and teaches the simple, practical use of this manual for recovery. She relapsed repeatedly for 20 years and is now able to sustain sobriety.
[Read her story] 

Rein In Your Brain: From Impulsivity to Thoughtful Living in Recovery
Have you ever wondered why you choose your particular partner? There are positive and healthy reasons to be attracted to and develop a relationship with someone, and there are less healthy reasons for doing so. [Read the excerpt from Rein In Your Brain, by Cynthia Moreno Tuohy] 

Recovery Includes Medical Treatment
To optimize the use of medications to assist recovery, consumers/peers, families, and providers need to be fully informed, engaged, and involved. [Read on]

Finding the Meaning and Purpose in Sobriety
I had an old sponsor who imparted a great many pearls of wisdom to me during my early, formative years in recovery. One of the gems he shared had to do with my questioning him as to whether or not we alcoholics and addicts are "spiritually" different in some ways from all the other people running around our planet? He explained it to me saying, "We're really no different at all from 'the earth people'– except for maybe one little thing: if the earth people fail to learn life's spiritual lessons they'll slowly rust out - but if we fail to learn those very same lessons, we flame out in a hurry." [Read on]

Painkillers, Heroin, and the Road to Sanity:
Real Solutions for Long-Term Recovery from Opiate Addiction
In an excerpt from her book, nurse and suburban mom Joani Gammill describes her years-long secret addiction to multiple forms of opiates and amphetamine. Through a life-changing intervention staged by Dr. Phil, she not only committed to getting help, she went on to become a professional interventionist herself, helping thousands of others in distress. [Learn more]

Returning to school after treatment
Transitions in any adolescent's life can lead to stress and anxiety. Returning to school after a stay in an addiction treatment facility is a major transition for youth that can lead to even greater adjustment difficulties. This tip sheet, contributed by the National Association for School Psychologists, offers suggestions for parents and community providers working to help students make a smooth transition back to school.[Learn more]

Not Every Family Becomes healed Right Away
Typical recovery stories are those of families being reunited and healed when the addict/alcoholic gets sober. Many of my peers and those whom I strove to follow on this path had restored their relationships with their families of origin, as well as developed or restored marriages and relationships with children and grandchildren, etc. This is not my story at all! [Read on]

Finding Happiness in Recovery
I tended to focus on the future and wanted everything to be "fixed" and "perfect" immediately as a result of being sober. [Learn More] 

Living with Co-occurring Addiction and Mental Health Disorders
Dealing with an addiction or a mental health disorder is hard enough, but living with both is a struggle with unique complications. In this excerpt from Living with Co-occurring Addiction and Mental Health Disorders, drawn from an evidence-based program developed at Dartmouth Medical School, author Mark McGovern, Ph.D., lays out the common obstacles faced in seeking treatment.[Read Excerpt]

When we desire something--cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, sex, or sweets--to the exclusion of almost anything else, we call it a craving. We know it's bad for us, that it will damage our health or relationships, so why do we give in? And how can we make it stop? In this excerpt from Craving: Why We Can't Seem to Get Enough, Omar Manejwala, MD, explains the relationship between spiritual practices and the use of substances, and why many find solace from their cravings in spiritual beliefs and practices.
 [Read the excerpt] 

Family Recovery Program Helps Break the Cycle of Addiction
Approximately one in four children in the US is exposed to alcoholism or drug addiction in the family. Without intervention, these children are more likely to have mental and physical health problems and four times more likely than others to develop addiction. [Read this interesting article by Rosemary Tisch, M.A., Director Prevention Partnership International]

Running and Recovery
From winning marathons to surviving car accidents and becoming addicted to painkillers, Dan Anderson Renewal Center presenter Dick Beardsley shares his journey[Read on]

Can Man's Best Friend Aid in Addiction Recovery?
We know the importance of a social support system in early recovery. But who says this support has to come solely from other humans?[Check this out]

Hazelden Mobile Applications
With Hazelden's mobile applications, you'll find the instant motivation you need to strengthen your recovery and inspire personal growth no matter where you are. From apps based on our best-selling books that feature special enhancements like texts and video messages from the authors to those based on our best-selling meditation books, Hazelden mobile applications are there when you need them most, at the touch of your fingertips.[How to get]

Online Recovery Support
There are growing online resources for people in or seeking recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.[Here are a few of them.]

Volunteering: a cornerstone of recovery
Community service can be a valued element of a recovery lifestyle. [Read how this can work for you] 

Survey Finds Many Positive Aspects to Recovery
There are many positive aspects to being in recovery, suggests a new survey of people who are experiencing recovery from alcohol or drug problems. [Read the survey]  

Many pathways to recovery have beneficial outcomes
A SAMHSA research report based on interviews of those in recovery,Pathways to Healing and Recovery: Perspectives from Individuals with Histories of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems, conveys a deeper understanding of the recovery process. The study reveals that many and varied pathways to recovery work. "One of the most important lessons to emerge during the discussion of pathways is the importance of finding the right pathway or pathways for the individual. Many discussed trying multiple methods to address their addiction, and failing, often several times, before they found the pathway that worked for them. " [Read the report]

Gay Men and Substance Abuse
This Hazelden article outlines some of the unique challenges faced by gay men struggling with substance abuse and addiction in Gay Men and Substance Abuse. [Read more]

SAMHSA Military Families Initiative
The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) supports America's service men and women—Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, and Veteran—together with their families and communities by leading efforts to ensure that needed behavioral health services are accessible and that outcomes are positive. [Read more]

Medication in Recovery
According to a recent Harvard Mental Health Letter article, nearly two million Americans are dependent on or abusing opioid pain relievers—nearly twice as many as are addicted to cocaine. Because opioid painkillers target the same brain receptors as heroin, causing euphoria, they carry the risk of addiction, the article states.

You have a cold, you can't sleep, your back hurts. What medications are safe for those who are recovering from alcohol or other drug addiction? [Learn more]

If you're in recovery, is it OK to take pain medication? Dr. Marv Seppala, Hazelden's chief medical officer, answers eight common questions. [Learn more]