addictive-drugs

Most Addictive Drugs What are the most addictive drugs? What are the most addictive drugs?  This is quite an interesting question to ask as most addicts will tell you all drugs are highly addictive, but within the medical community; and funny enough conversations among persons whom have never used drugs, this is quite the topic of conversation.  As a former addict I am with the thinking that all drugs are addictive, and every drug provides a chemical hook.  Each chemical hook provides a different release for the person using it and by definition can be the most addictive drug as…

Boredom Life Hacks to stay sober

Beat Boredom with These Sober Life Hacks Quick tips to avoid boredom in Recovery Many addicts in recovery will admit that boredom was definitely a high risk for relapse in early recovery. Many drug fueled nights can be traced back to just simply being bored and needing some excitement.  During the peak of my own addiction, I could not even go one night without being out at some bar and partying all night, all the while making it to school and work the next day.  When I look back at it, it simply came down to being bored, and not…

Drug Rehab: What's it like?

Drug Rehab – What’s it like? How to become a True Survivor. Over the years, I get that question a lot. Psst, Ryan…Drug Rehab – What’s it like? My knee jerk answer, I can’t help myself, is always the same. “It’s fu$%ing awesome, you should try it!” Most people stare back at me all squint eyed and confused, but I’m serious. Now don’t get me wrong, when I did drug rehab, It wasn’t at some of the lush locations you see today. I wasn’t sitting by the pool sipping on virgin margaritas. I wasn’t doing Pilates, or going on nature…

My friends and family are big drinkers

My friends and family are still big drinkers How to Swim with the Sharks you still Love! So, you just got out of rehab; you managed to disconnect from all your old drug buddies, but your close friends and family are still big drinkers, how do you handle this? You made a tremendous amount of change while in treatment, but your close friends and family are still be the same. They haven’t changed. Of course they will know your current situation in life and will be helpful, while also being supportive.  What you will soon face is that there lives…

Is sex addiction a real thing

Sex Addiction Is Sex Addiction a Real Thing? Is sex addiction a real thing?  I’ve been on both sides of the addiction fence for over 20 years, being addicted and being in recovery so I have a solid foundation of what addiction means to me and over the years I could understand some of the more misunderstood addictions like porn addiction or video game addiction but I couldn’t wrap my head around sex addiction really being a clinical and diagnosable problem people are facing?  I had to ask myself this over and over, can this be an actual addiction? And…

cocaine rat experiment

Drug Addiction Making sense of Drug Addiction & What to do about it. There is an endless amount of information available online that tackles drug addiction, what it is, how it starts, why people involve themselves in drug addiction, how to stop it, and what can prevent it. Throughout history information on drug addiction has changed, been modified, and with countless different perspectives, definitions, and terminology given and created in order to understand it, it is quite difficult to come to a final answer.  The bottom line is that drug addiction is; complex! The very term alone; drug addiction, can…

alcoholic-girl

6 Steps to The Truth About Your Relationship With Alcohol. Denial: an assertion that something said, believed, alleged, etc., is false: Am I an Alcoholic? Does it really matter? Do you really need to run the gamut of quizzes, assessments, diagnostics, tests, professional analysis, and multiple checklists in order to help you answer this question? There are plenty of articles written by esteemed addiction professionals that are easily found with a simple Google Search, and most will walk you through a list of questions you need to answer, and if you answer 6 out of 10, presto, you’re an alcoholic. Really? My question is, do you really need that…

pub night clean and sober

How to get your pub on, clean and sober. Blistering hot Buffalo wings and mile-high nachos with oozing cheddar cheese. Yummy! Yes, pub food can be awesome, but meeting up at pubs when you’re sober can prove problematic for many in recovery and if you’re early in recovery, you know the rules, stay away! But that doesn’t mean meeting up at pubs when you’re sober is always going to be off the table. The neighborhood pub or the bar down the street form work can tend to be a common place to meet up among friends and to catch up. …

interview hacks when you are in recovery

5 Tips to Help You Land a Job When You’re in Recovery. When you land a job when you’re in recovery, there can be quite a bit of stress in the preparation for the big day.  Do I know enough about the organization?  Will I be able to answer all of their questions?  Do I have the right qualifications?  What will I wear?  Will I be judged? Those are only handful of questions you may be asking before your interview.  When preparing for the big job interview it is important to not let the stress beat you down. 5 Tips…

Break the chains of crack cocaine

I am a long term crack user; will a drug rehab program work for me? Unfortunately, crack cocaine addiction is one of the most cunning and baffling addictions a drug user can kick. Eight out of Ten crack users will have attended multiple attempts at drug rehab before they beat their addiction and unless the user digs deep during treatment to discover the root cause of their pain, relapse for crack users is extremely common. Because of this, many long term crack users will ask, will a drug rehab program work for me?  Speaking very generally, drug rehabilitation can work for…

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