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Addiction

Real Stories Guide Your Journey Through Addiction

Addiction is not a lifestyle. It is an experience that shapes the internal story you tell about yourself. It can define your self-understanding. From inside this perspective of addiction, we tell ourselves that the physical challenge of quitting keeps us trapped. But it is more than that. Addiction is defining. Who would you be without addiction? Who would you be, stripped of this way of understanding yourself?

Tom, Dan, Mike and Arjun* started their recovery journeys...
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Addiction

What Comes First, Depression or Addiction?

How well do you know the Wizard of Oz? Chances are you remember that Dorothy is accompanied by the Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow, but do you remember which one she meets first? Does the Lion help to bring the Tin Man to life? Was it the Scarecrow who tempted the Lion from the forest? Sequence is essential to the story.

Similarly, our life stories develop around causes and effects. You could probably guess that risky...
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Posttraumatic Growth: Addiction as an Opportunity for Positive Change

You know the challenges of addiction. You’ve seen it in yourself or someone you love. However, increasing evidence also points to the experience of substance abuse as an opportunity for self-growth. Not that anyone wants to become an addict, but if you can, why not turn lemons into lemonade? After an addiction you will never be the person you were, and studies show that struggling to make peace with this trauma, and perhaps with the...
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“Addict” or “Recovering Addict”: Identity and Connection Influence Relapse Rates


The band, The Who tell the story of a man who spends “Eleven hours in the Tin Pan” before deciding “there’s got to be another way.” And then the chorus asks the question “Who are you?” You know the song. And unfortunately, many of us know exactly what it’s like to be in the Tin Pan. We know what it’s like to look out at the world and wonder if there’s another way; we...
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