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friends, men, helping, helping hand, hard things
Many things in life are challenging—and sometimes we convince ourselves that something that is hard or challenging is, in fact, impossible.  But most challenges can be overcome if we put our minds to it. Many things that seem all but undoable may, with effort and dedication, turn out to be…well…doable. Here’s an example: Imagine someone...
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arrow, sign, roadblock, recovery
When you think about it, it is kind of amazing how frequently we fail to do something we know we really ought to do, and the roadblocks we face.   You know you should go to bed, so you won’t be exhausted in the morning. But you stay up to binge a few more episodes...
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ladder, help, willpower, Green Lantern
A Ring, an Oath, and a Whole Lot of Willpower Are you familiar with the superhero known as Green Lantern? The most famous version of the DC Comics character is a fellow named Hal Jordan who (and you will just have to take our word for this if you aren’t a comics fan) is given...
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group friends support commitment
When you think about getting treatment for a substance use disorder, you probably think of two key components: detoxification and rehabilitation. Those first two portions of treatment programs are so well known, they go by nicknames—detox and rehab. You probably noticed that we just called them the “first two portions of treatment.” Maybe you are...
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women falling leaves autumn happy sobriety
Looking backwards and forwards — what does it have to do with sobriety?  All of us seem to be predisposed to thinking about the past and worrying about the future. We lose sleep over things we regret and also over things we are worried about. We let past mistakes lower our self-esteem, and we let...
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drug addiction recovery treatment support group
Many people find themselves having a hard time making the decision to get the treatment they need for a substance use disorder. Often, that hesitancy is grounded in fear of—or at least nervousness about—the unknown. That is only natural. Even when we find ourselves in a bad situation, muddling through can seem preferable to taking...
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new path sober drug treatment
When you head off to work each day—whether you drive, walk, bike, take public transportation, or just head down the hall to the home office—odds are pretty good that you take the same path each day.  You might have tried a few different routes when you first got the job, and from time to time...
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two men addiction recovery treatment
In a recent blog post, we took a look at a few terms and phrases that might be described as “recovery jargon.” We covered the process known as urge surfing to fend off cravings. We defined the phrase “dry drunk.” And we took a look at the vagaries of the pink cloud, which can cause...
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recovery support group friends
You need to understand the language of recovery. Have you ever found yourself in a conversation with two people who work in the same field—a field different than your own? At some point, the conversation turns to work and what each of you like, hate, and tolerate about your gigs. Maybe your two companions start...
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words argument two people
Words Really Do Matter Sometimes people don’t think too hard about what they say. And sometimes that can have more serious consequences than one might expect. Think, for example, about the kinds of words that are commonly used to describe a person struggling with a substance use disorder. He’s an addict. She’s a drunk. They...
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