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Making Amends – Moving Through AA Steps 8 and 9

You have come so far in your recovery. Through diligent work, you have made steady progress in admission, accountability and surrender of the power addiction once held over you.  There is much for you to be proud of as you approach the three-quarter mark of your recovery steps, but these can feel like precarious steps.…

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Get to Know the Dangers of Mixing Substances Before It’s Too Late

Prescription drugs seem safe to many people because they have been legally prescribed by a physician. However, if you take your prescription medication in ways not intended, you can become seriously ill. Combining medications, even those prescribed to you, can have lifelong repercussions. Some dangers of mixing substances can even be fatal. If you routinely combine medications…

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What Are the Warning Signs of Relapse for Drug Users?

A substantial number of people who go into a drug center program in Texas will relapse back into active substance use at least once before they establish lasting sobriety. A drug abuse relapse does not generally appear out of the blue. In fact, several emotional and psychological warning signs typically appear before actual substance intake…

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The Signs of Substance Use Disorder

Public health specialists, doctors, and experts divide addictive substances into two broad categories when discussing the signs of substance use disorder. These categories include drugs (including prescription medications) and alcohol. The core signs of addiction for all of these substances are essentially the same. They define the presence of a diagnosable condition called substance use…