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IS AA/NA THE ONLY WAY TO RECOVER?aa-chip

There seems to be an ongoing debate as to whether or not and individual can truly recover from addiction without following the 12 steps and the AA/NA program?

Let me begin by saying this, AA/NA has worked for millions of people for many many years, and it will continue to do so for years to come. The guidelines and principals taught in these programs can be very helpful in recovery, so I do believe the foundation of AA/NA is amazing.

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Founder Warrior Foundation.

But, yes there is a but, I very firmly believe in what works for one person may not necessarily work for the next. We as individuals are all made differently in so many ways. So it’s safe to say one program is not gonna work for everybody.

In today’s society it is becoming more and more often you hear of these amazing stories of recovery from individuals who work their own program their own way and are doing an amazing job.
There is no right or wrong way to recover. Long as you are moving forward,and are getting better in life then keep doing what you are doing.

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Don’t ever let anybody tell you that you are doing it wrong cause there is no right or wrong way. Recovery is simply about living life on life’s terms and we each lead a different life.I will end with this! This should not even be a debate. We should all encourage and lift up each other no matter what program works for us. We are in this together and we will win, cause we do recover.

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Detox Fear
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Going to Rehab: Overcoming the Fear of Detox

By: Steve Castleman

At long last, after more angry refusals than you care to recall, you’re willing to entertain the idea you might need rehab. What’s stopping you? If you’re like I was, it comes down to fear.

Detox Fear

The biggest immediate obstacle is the deep dread of detox.  Unfortunately, that fear makes sense. Withdrawal ranges from uncomfortable to monumentally miserable. Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards wrote in his memoir, Life, about heroin detox, “It is fucking awful. On the scale of things, it’s better than having your leg blown off in the trenches. It’s better than starving to death. But you don’t want to go there. The whole body just sort of turns itself inside out and rejects itself for three days.”

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Compounding the fear of detox is the alarm that accompanies having to quit for good, not just for a while. It’s the terror of living without your only reliable coping mechanism, of having to make a change so huge it’s almost unimaginable.

Those fears are real. But it’s important to remember that they’re also often exaggerated.

Doctors, for example, classify withdrawal as “relatively manageable.” It’s rarely life threatening and doesn’t involve surgery, chemotherapy, or other radical medical interventions.

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Of course, everyone in detox disagrees. There’s no way to sugar-coat it. Detox sucks.

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Attitude matters, so here are three reminders to give you a better perspective:
  • Most addicts have detoxed on their own many times before making it to rehab. As Richards put it, “I’ve been through more cold turkeys than there are freezers.” Reminding yourself (constantly) “if I did it before I can do it again,” can make the fear of detox more manageable.
  • Many in detox start to feel better after a couple days, so there’s light at the end of the tunnel fairly quickly. Keeping in mind that the very worst misery of detox will last only a couple days and after that you’ll start to feel human for the first time in a long time can make it easier to endure the rigors of early detox.
  • While most detox alone, rehab withdrawal is done with help. Staff and the other patients take care of you, listen to you, commiserate with you, and help you through the rough moments. Supportive care makes detox much easier to bear than cold-turkey detox on your own. There are likely to be others in worse shape than you, giving you better perspective. And fellow patients who’ve just come through detox can offer encouragement that you’ll start feeling better a little at a time, just as they did.

If you can keep your fears in perspective, you’re more likely to translate a moment of willingness to get help into a moment of action. And that just might save your life.

 

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Are you having trouble finding a detox center in NJ?

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New Jersey, believe it or not is a beautiful state. Many who reside there are very happy with “The Garden State”.

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However, in recent years’ New jersey has seen a big influx of heroin addiction and overdoses. Many people who are addicted to opiate pain killers or heroin are seeking detox for withdrawal symptoms from heroin or pain killers.

There are quite a few detox’s and treatment programs within the state. Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming influx of addicts seeking treatment for heroin addiction there are not many beds available. This proposes a big question for the state funded programs; What can we do to help more?

There doesn’t seem to be a solution that can come quick enough to solve the problem. Detox Centers in New Jersey number in 30’s excluding actual hospitals. These issues don’t even account for the regular treatment visits for alcoholism and other addictions.

What and where are these Detox Centers in New Jersey?

Below are the four inpatient detox centers in new jersey that offer inpatient medical detox treatment using FDA approved detox medications. However, try calling them and seeing if there are beds available. Let me know how that works out for you.

  • New Hope Foundation Inc Marlboro, NJ 07746
  • Maryville Inc 1903 Grant Avenue Williamstown, NJ 08094
  • Evergreen Treatment Center 230 East Ridgewood Avenue Paramus, NJ 07652
  • Sunrise Detox II 1272 Long Hill Road Stirling, NJ 07980

What are the primary reasons people seek detox for in New Jersey?

According to NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Overdoses and treatment admissions have skyrocketed in the New Jersey since 2007. In some cases, they have gone up 100% or more. This raises some big issues and questions as far as affordable healthcare and healthcare policy pertaining to addiction treatment in New Jersey.

What about Medicare or Medicaid Accepting Detox’s

What about them? There are tons of Outpatient clinics in New Jersey that accept these insurance plans. However, many of them do a methadone maintenance or suboxone maintenance protocol and isn’t very effective to stop abuse dead in its tracks. You’re still dependent on a substance which leaves things just as complicated, but manageable.

My summary:

My only hope in writing this is to create awareness to those in my home state. Many aren’t aware that the drug addicts in their back yard do want help and don’t want to live that way. They have lost hope in trying to find treatment because they can’t get in. It’s important to get the addict into a detox treatment program as soon as possible after they become willing.

 

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What is an Intensive Outpatient Program?

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IOP this means: Substance abuse intensive outpatient programs are services for individuals with substance use problems who do not meet diagnostic requirements for inpatient or residential substance abuse therapy. Mostly for those who are discharged from 24 hour care in an inpatient medication center and continue to need more support than the weekly or even  per week sessions provide in customary outpatient care.

IOP service provide a minimum of nine hours of service per week in 3, 3 hours sessions; but, some programs provide more sessions per week and much longer sessions per day, and many programs become less intense over time .Because services are offered in outpatient background, the duration can be more than that required for inpatient services.  Allow individuals to stay in their own homes and communities, which could increase their adjustment to community life.

What does an IOP Program Do and How does it work?

Intensive Outpatient Programs treat individuals with substance use disorders or co-occurring psychological and substance use disorders who do not require medical detoxification or 24 hour guidance. They offer a particular number of hours weekly of structured group, individual, and family treatment plus psycho education about substance use and mental disorders.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine  defines 5 levels of care to support professionals in choosing the right intensity for treating alcohol and drug use disorders beginning treatment services, Level I outpatient Level, services II intense outpatient services, Level III residential and inpatient services, and Level IV medically controlled intense inpatient services. Thus, IOPs represent a much higher level of care than normal outpatient services and a reduced level of care than residential and inpatient services.

The Substance Abuse and psychological healthiness Services Administration defines a set of core services for inclusion in IOPs, like a specified number of hours of organized programming per week; individual, group, and/or family members treatment; and psycho education about substance use and psychological disorders

IOP objectives help the individual study early stage relapse management and dealing strategies, make sure the person has psycho-social help, and address individual disorders and needs. But, wide variation across programs in regards to service delivery for example. systems for testing and examination, treatment planning and planning, crisis control, discharge planning, together with intensity and duration of care limit tries to assess the effectiveness and quality of care across IOPs.

Moreover, IOP services vary by establishing: community, hospitals behavioral health centers, or perhaps day treatment programs. The ASAM criteria note that the duration of treatment varies aided by the severity associated with the person’s illness and his/her response to the medication intervention. So, progress in a particular level of care, instead of a determined length of stay, determines a person’s movement through the treatment continuum.

Conclusions:

In general, the present research shows that a number of service intensities may be effective for people with drug use disorders. There’s a high level of proof because of the caveats we’ve noted that IOPs are equally reliable when compared with inpatient and residential treatments.

Intensive Outpatient Programs have emerged as an important facet of twenty-first century addiction treatment plan for individuals who need a more intensive level of service than normal outpatient treatment, as well as allow participants to avoid or step down effectively from inpatient services. That is a most important thought for policy makers, suppliers, and individuals involved in substance abuse treatment services once determining which level of care is most suitable for specified medical circumstances.

 

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Substance Abuse Treatment Reform in New Jersey

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Many heroin addicts seeking treatment in New Jersey and other states who’re covered with Medicaid or Medicare insurance are having bum luck. We discussed this in a prior rant. SEE HERE

 

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However, I have done some research in the policies issued by Medicare and Medicaid and the findings are interesting. It seems while everyone in New Jersey is focused Bridge Gate and Governor Chris Christy they avoided considering the policies written by Medicaid and Medicare insurance providers pertaining to substance abuse and alcoholism. Many of these plans were written in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Most only cert for alcoholism.

This raises a big question pertaining to heroin addiction treatment?

Most insured citizens in New Jersey have Medicare and Medicaid insurance policies. If heroin addiction rehab centers can’t cert a patient for heroin addiction with either of those insurance carriers where does that leave the addict?

Many people are blaming the affordable care act, but I feel it’s a start in the way of progress. What I feel needs to happen is an update on insurance reform from within the insurance companies.

Please see https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/Downloads/SE1604.pdf

When you Google: Medicare substance abuse coverage Google explains that there isn’t much coverage for substance abuse treatment by Medicare. Many other findings say that it must be deemed medically necessary. In many cases, it’s turned down by the insurance companies and addicts are left without hope.

What is the solution for drug rehab centers in New Jersey?

I think the state of New Jersey needs to form an alliance among treatment providers. They need to ask for more accommodations by insurance companies to treat addiction. If treatment providers don’t come together to push for insurance reform, nothing with be done.

Many admissions counselors who run verification of benefits for any of the treatment centers in New Jersey give up once they find that Medicare or Medicaid won’t cover the insured. However, if they were to have a doctor call in to say it was medically necessary they may be approved, but even then who knows?

The bottom line is we need to work together to find a solution to the heroin epidemic and start treating people with long term heroin addiction treatment. The days of people just maintaining their addiction to survive must be stopped. There is an easier softer way, but we need to come together as a community to stop this!

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According to Bright Futures Blog:

Alprazolam, marketed under the brand name Xanax, is a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Similar to the effects of alcohol, alprazolam works by depressing brain functions. Abuse of this drug can be dangerous and can lead quickly to an all-consuming addiction to the substance.

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I was about 13 or 14 when I first took Xanax or alprazolam (the generic version). It wasn’t prescribed for me, but I was an extremely overreactive kid. I would throw fits that left holes in walls and doors knocked off hinges. I was a fully functional Asperger’s syndrome having maniac. My mother didn’t know what to do with me, so she used to give me .2 mgs of Xanax to get me to calm down.

Fast Forward to adulthood…

After many years of unruly behavior, I found myself a full-fledged addict. I was 21 and heavily addicted to narcotic pain killers to the point where they didn’t get me high enough so I needed to supplement the narcotic painkillers with Xanax to get a high. It worked great most of the day I’d spend on the couch nodding in and out of consciousness and drooling on myself. Great way to live ay? Yeah right?

What was it like to withdrawal from benzodiazepine’s?

Most treatment centers won’t take you if you’re on benzodiazepine’s because you are at high risk of seizure and they can’t do anything for it. The only way to come off is to slowly taper off the drug. However, when I got clean in 2009 I was combating a 50 pill a day (Roxicodone) habit and a daily intake of 4 mgs of Xanax a day. To give you an idea that is two Xanax bars a day.

What are the withdrawal symptoms like to deal with?

Once I had come to Florida for treatment it took me about 4-6 months to fully withdrawal from the Xanax and Roxicodone. Some of the symptoms from the withdrawal were watery eyes, muscle aches, restlessness and other symptoms.

I can tell you this, I would never in my life want to be addicted to Benzo’s again ever…

The worst is the first few weeks and then it gets bearable, but also keep in mind I didn’t taper off. I just discontinued use and detoxed cold turkey.

If I were to suggest anything DO NOT take the stuff unless medically necessary because the detox is horrible.

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Heroin Addiction and Treatment

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Heroin is a highly addictive drug produced by morphine that is obtained from the opium poppy. Opiates and Heroin is one of the most severe substances abused in the whole world. In addition to health conditions caused by the drug itself, there are numerous of other risks connected with heroin addiction which is not much of an issue with other drugs. Heroin is used in a variety of ways, determined by user preference plus the purity of the drug.

 

Heroin can be injected right into a muscle, mixed in a marijuana joint or regular cigarette, injected into a vein, smoked in the water pipe or standard pipe,  inhaled as smoke by using a straw, or snorted as powder through the nose.

 

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 2002 and 2013, the speed of heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled in the Heroin Addiction And TreatmentUSA, and  8,200 people died in 2013.  The CDC cites heroin as one “illegal, highly addictive opioid drug.” Its overdose may result in slow and shallow breathing, coma or death.

It is a common practice with folks to use heroin along with drugs or alcohol. This is often a dangerous proposition since it increases the probability of an overdose manifold. Usually, heroin is injected, but people also smoke or snort it on occasion.

Individuals who inject heroin are at risk of severe, long-term viral infections WHICH includes HIV, Hepatitis C, and Hepatitis B, and also bacterial infections in the skin, bloodstream, and heart.

Not only in renowned rehabs just like the drug rehab centers, but heroin addicts undoubtedly are a regular feature among patients in hospitals even in a remote borough. Heroin use has skyrocketed in rural parts of the United States in the past years, triggered due to the widespread availability of inexpensive forms of the drug — in many cases cheaper than black-market prescription painkillers.

Who is at risk?

Heroin abuse has reached a dismal level which necessitates drastic measures to counter the harmful effects. The CDC identifies the following at a greater risk of getting addicted to  heroin:

  • Individuals who are dependent on cocaine
  • Persons who are addicted to prescription opioid painkillers
  • Individuals who are not insured or opted in for Medicaid
  • Non-Hispanic whites
  • Male and female from 18-25 years old
  • Individuals who are dependent on marijuana and alcohol
  • People living in a vast metropolitan area

Heroin Addiction Treatment

Heroin addiction treatment centers put up a unique plan for every heroin addict based on the previous discussion with the addicts, members of the family and addiction level of the person involved.  These centers provide residential and outpatient care on the addicts. The treatment centers provide a high amount of facilities and medication therapy programs for the addicts. These specialized facilities help heroin addicts to encounter a relaxed atmosphere knowing that it leads to personal reflection and healing for adults and young addicts.

Heroin use is directly related to HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, together with the problem of the heart and brain. To solve this problem, heroin drug rehabs are the most effective options for complete drug treatment.  Heroin rehabs design various types of programs for short term and long term care.  Inpatient drug treatment facilities are one of the best choices available for people seeking to recover from drug addiction.

Some drug addicts are managed by experienced drug treatment specialists who end up an accomplishing heroin recovery case. These drug rehab centers have a specialized team of professionals for every result oriented drug rehabilitation program, and experts from the industry provide many types of these programs. The staff of these drug rehabs is skilled with numerous experience in working with many drug addicts.

The treatment therapy is depending upon the average person addiction level. Most of the following methods are best drug recovery treatments that will help heroin addicts get over addictions

Detoxification

It withdraws the symptoms of heroin and gives a drug-free life to the addicts. It can be a long-term treatment that uses residential and outpatient treatment programs. The amount of this treatment is at least three to six months. During the treatment, drug rehabs use medications as part of the treatment.

Methadone programs

It’s is a secure and efficient program to treat addicted peoples before the last thirty years. The medication therapy is used in this program for 24 to 36 hours. Patients can come out of their mental and emotional reactions. Methadone eliminates the craving that affects on our relapse. Methadone dosages should be carefully monitored in patients who’re taking antiviral therapy for HIV infection.

Behavioral therapies

These combine residential and outpatient approaches. An important task would be to match the most effective treatment method to meet the particular needs of the addict. Cognitive-behavioral approach is built to modify the patient’s thinking and expectations.

LAAM and other medications

LAAM is like methadone used to take care of the heroin addiction. Methadone prevents the effects of heroin as much as seventy-two hours with little side effects. Its long duration of action permits dosing three times weekly. Another medication to take care of heroin addiction is Buprenorphine. It produces a lower level physical reliance.

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How do you know if you need treatment or rehab?

Dani La Barrie,LCSW,QS,CAP

SFYB Senior Author Dani LaBarrie 

In my last blog topic, I discussed questions to ask when choosing a substance abuse treatment center. But how do you know if you even need treatment? It’s tricky with addiction because it can be difficult to objectively look at the situation. If you are concerned about yours or a loved one’s drug use, below are common signs to be aware of.

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According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), if you or a loved one has two or more of these signs or symptoms, you should consider looking into substance abuse treatment centers:
  • Consuming more than intended or taking the drug for a longer period of time than intended.
  • Failed attempts to cut back or quit substance use.
  • Placing a great emphasis on finding the drug, using the drug, and recovering from its negative effects.
  • Intense cravings for the abused substance.
  • Inability to fulfill responsibilities at school, work, or home.
  • Ongoing substance use despite negative social or interpersonal consequences.
  • Abandoning hobbies and recreational activities for drug use.
  • Persistent substance use in dangerous and harmful situations (for example, driving a car)
  • Awareness of a physical or a mental condition brought on or worsened by drug use, yet choosing to use the drug anyway.
  • Tolerance – requiring more of the substance to feel the same effect and experiencing less of the desirable effects when taking the same amount.
  • Withdrawal: experiencing withdrawal symptoms characteristic of that particular drug and taking the drug to avoid or alleviate withdrawal symptoms.
As with any sort of medical advice, it is recommended to seek professional help to further assess and evaluate you or your loved one.

 

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When I was 15 years old and my Grandfather passed away of cancer. @StopFryBrain

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Friends and family brought over casseroles, pies, and lasagnas.

Warm cookies left on the porch and neighborly visits of talks and coffee. My mom needed that support. She was able to work through some of her grief without having to worry about making dinners and going grocery shopping. It was my first experience with a community coming together to help another one, who was going through a very hard time. Years later, my own friends and I would do very similar things for those struggling with something….a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer was dropped off food on the doorstep, another friend who had lost her father had food delivered to the funeral home. “If there is anything I can ever do to help….” Were words spoken and truly meant. When someone experiences grief and trauma, we come together to bring comfort food. It’s a beautiful thing.

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(1) My Daughter the Addict-A Suburban Mom’s Nightmare
(2) Families Against Narcotics Announces Run Drugs out of Town Event
(3) No One Brings you Casseroles when you Child is an Addict
(4) Katie Donovan Named Executive Vice President of Families Against Narcotics

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But not when your child is an addict.
  • Opioid addiction is considered a chronic, relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive drug-seeking behavior and drug use despite harmful consequences.
  • Any opioid with agonist properties can trigger chronic addiction brain disease.
  • Opioid addiction disease occurs in every state, county, socio-economic and ethnic group.
  • Opioid addiction is federally described as a progressive, treatable brain disease.

What is the common theme here? BRAIN DISEASE. But yet, as a society, there is such an enormous stigma attached to addiction, that we don’t treat it as such. People tend to shy away from something that is so taboo. It’s the WHISPERED disease. If we do talk about it, its behind closed doors.

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It’s one of the main reasons why families who are going thru it, stay quiet.

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I remember when my daughter Brittany went to treatment in California. She left right before Labor Day weekend, when our family goes up to our cottage for the annual Turtle Races. It’s a big event and the entire extended family attends. How could I explain her absence? I was scared of them knowing. Scared of the possible judgement, the uncomfortable look in their eyes, answering questions that I didn’t have answers to. I also wanted to protect her. What if she came out OK? I was paralyzed in fear of her being scarred.

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John and I felt very alone. It’s an isolating feeling, when you are going through something of such enormity. I could barely function. Getting out of bed was a chore in itself, let alone making dinners, grocery shopping, trying to live NORMAL. Hours upon hours were spent on the phone with insurance. Sleepless nights not knowing where Brittany was, my heart gripped with fear every time the phone rang, or a siren was heard.

At the age of 19, Brittany went into her first treatment center. I couldn’t breathe. I was beyond distraught. THIS CANT BE HAPPENING!!! I could barely drive the 1 ½ hours home. I had to pull over a few times, my vision blurred with tears. When I came home, I collapsed into bed. Overcome with emotion, exhausted from the previous days of convincing her to go.

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No casseroles were brought.

At the age of 20, she was admitted into a psychiatric facility and diagnosed with bipolar. I spent days at the hospital, eating Cheez Its out of a vending machine, while my family at home lived on peanut butter and jelly.

No tin foil pans of lasagna were on the porch.

For 7 years, as a family, we fought to save Brittany. Putting out fire after fire, dealing with one crisis after another. Flying all over the country to find the best facilities, the best doctors, researching and arming ourselves with education.

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Certain types of pain can feel invisible or hidden by families— mental health and alcoholism, miscarriage and infertility, job loss, a parent’s slow decline. The need for communication, support and comfort of a homemade meal isn’t as apparent, or may not even be known.

I didn’t write this as a criticism of my loved ones -they didn’t know! I didn’t communicate how our family was crumbling. Because I was SCARED. I am BEYOND blessed to have an incredible support system, once I FINALLY talked about it.

Different kinds of crisis and grieving are more difficult for those who love us to understand and to comfort. It can be uncomfortable and we tend to shy away from topics, events, or things that are out of our comfort zone.

If you know someone who is struggling, a few warm cookies on the porch may just be what they need to feel accepted, loved and understood. Offers of coffee, cake and a chat could be what saves their sanity. We all just want to be loved and accepted, no matter what we are going through.

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Vulnerability Is Powerful and Beautiful

There is something about tearing down all those walls it took years to build and kicking fears ass. It takes a great amount of courage to be vulnerable, to take the mask off and show the truest version of yourself to the world. That courage takes you to a whole new level of living a life on purpose. The beauty of vulnerability is that we are changing ourselves and the lives of others. By being vulnerable we are not only showing the world we accept and love ourselves as we are but that we accept and love each other. Vulnerability radiates compassion and that alone brings in and gives a tremendous amount of support.

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You Are Not Your Past

You have started over and it’s time to grab a hold of the NOW. Your past does not define you, nor does your addiction. Everything is fresh and new and it’s time to step out of the shadows of the past. Who you are is a culmination of all things beautiful and tragic leading up to what you are made of and who you are. You will forever continue to grow emotionally through life experiences if you put the work into recovery.

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Who you are will change every day because each moment adds to the nature of our being, not just one event. You are seeing the world, people, places and events and most importantly yourself through a new set of eyes. There is nothing, absolutely nothing that you can do to change the past, it’s over and done with. Nothing good will ever come out of going back time and time again with the “I wish I would have done this”, or “I wish I wouldn’t have done that”. You are here, right here in this very moment and you have all the power within you to appreciate the tolerable, if not beautiful moments now.

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You Have the Ability to Control Your Thoughts

More than likely you have had thousands and thousands of negative thoughts about yourself and your life. Stop! There is no need to sabotage the love for yourself, your family, or life for that matter any longer. Believe it or not, we are not here to live in misery although many of us have been through some very difficult life lessons. You have the ability to control how much energy you put into the negative and into the positive thoughts that come to your mind.

The truth is no one is positive 100% of the time; life makes that impossible because of the events we must go through that are out of our control but necessary for human growth. Of course you can’t help it when something triggers and a thought that is painful, unpleasant or downright unbearable; but you have the ability to take that negative thought and focus on something positive and positivity trumps negativity every time! It is imperative you do this for the way we think is the way we live, the way we learn to love ourselves again.

Doing this opens up the allowance of receiving positive things back into your life. If you put practice into this, and I mean on every thought you have, the more pleasant your thoughts become and when you get really good at it, it will start coming to you naturally. We think becomes what we attract. If you want a life filled with an abundance of love, laughter, friends, better jobs, closer relationships start focusing on controlling your thoughts now! When you start to have a better outlook on life and you shift that energy from negative to positive your whole world changes. You have paid your dues, you deserve to live a happy life regardless of your past.

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Even Without Anything You Are Everything

Through your life of addiction you may have lost family members, relationships, homes, friendships, jobs, your driving privileges or custody of your children and you may have lost it all at the same time like I did. Although there is a deep level of pain that comes with losing it all, there is a tremendous blessing in it. You may have been stripped of everything that gave you an identity, all things you were attached to; but the beauty comes from being alone and without attachments, so that you are forced to look at yourself and find who your truly are. You have been humbled, the ego has been deflated or completely removed. With this come a great amount of clarity and a perfect time to find out who you are and you need look where you may have never looked before.

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The opportunity is here now to dig beyond who you thought you were and discover the nature of your being, who you truly are deep down in your soul and you will be surprised at just how much beauty you will find when you allow yourself and dedicate yourself to digging down deep enough. You now have the ability to be present and start appreciating what you have and not what you don’t. This takes patience, guidance and discipline. We are told “To seek through prayer and meditation”, meditation is often overlooked because we are so accustomed to asking through prayer for what we need. When you meditate you find what you already have everything you need. You don’t have to be a Yogi to do this, you don’t have to climb mountains or travel the world! You can do this wherever and whenever you like. Through proper guidance and discipline you will find that everything you ever needed is in you already; faith, love, beauty, courage, compassion, companionship, will, acceptance, passion, authenticity, and forgiveness. It is when you find that, there is nothing that will hold the value that you once gave it and you will never feel alone.

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You Can Be the Person You Want To Be

You are free! You surrendered to the addiction and you are a Warrior! You are a bad ass! You have done one of the hardest things in life. You are taking control back over your life and you no longer are the person alcohol made you think that you were. You are unstoppable now. So go back to a time when you had big dreams, go back to a time when you had a passion for something that you didn’t pursue because the addiction or fear may have held you back. If that passion is still running deep, make your dreams a reality my friend for you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. It is time to be who you were meant to be from the very beginning of your existence; YOU!

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