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Archives for April, 2012


The Dance Of Perfectionism And Addiction: Why ‘Good Enough’ Is The Gold Standard in Recovery

What does an addict who has lost everything in their pursuit of drugs and alcohol have in common with the person who has it all – a great job, a loving family and an immaculate home? Although they may appear to come from opposite worlds, perfectionism can be at the root of both great successes and great struggles.

Although paradoxical, where there is addiction there is often perfectionism. Underneath the addiction may...
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Addictive Drugs

7 Deadliest Drug Combinations

Despite warning labels on prescription pill bottles and frequent news reports of celebrity overdoses, people are not taking the risks of fatal drug combinations seriously. Prescription drugs and alcohol are legal, so they must be safe, right? Few people even consider them “drugs,” yet together they are responsible for thousands of preventable deaths each year.

While alcohol and prescription drugs are among the most common and dangerous, other types of interactions also...
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Lifting The Cloud Of Early Recovery: How To Stop Being Confused And Start Thinking Straight

Early recovery is a confusing time, not only because returning to “normal” life outside rehab can be jarring but also because the brain takes time to heal from the cognitive impairments caused by prolonged drug use. With the aid of neuroimaging, we can see the physical changes that take place in the brain as a result of addiction, and we know that in most cases, it can repair itself over time.

Many recovering...
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Alcohol Abuse

Borderline Boozers: The Heavy Drinker Risks A Lot

Alcoholics aren’t the only ones who need to be concerned about their drinking habits. We all know someone who drinks more than they should, but justifies their habit by arguing, “At least I’m not an alcoholic” or “It’s just wine – wine is good for you!”

Even though they are not necessarily alcoholics, heavy drinkers risk a lot. Excessive alcohol consumption has been associated with...
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Why Do Recovering Addicts Stop Going To Meetings?

One year, five years, 10-plus years into recovery, it is not unusual to hear of someone relapsing. What happens? There are endless possibilities but a common explanation is, “I quit going to meetings.” So why do people stop going to meetings (whether AA/NA, SMART Recovery, LifeRing or some other form of group support)? And are they destined for relapse as a result?

Here are some of the most common reasons people give up on...
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