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Positive Psychology Uses Strengths to Security Sobriety

Posted on July 31, 2014 in Addiction Recovery

Positive Psychology Uses Strengths to Security Sobriety

Although the small upstate New York cities that line the Hudson River were late to the party, so to speak, crack cocaine use had reached epidemic proportions by the late 1990s. Add in the increasing heroin use and the chronic alcohol and marijuana issues that the communities faced and it was not all that surprising that I found my first job after grad school in just such a city, working as a therapist in an outpatient rehab facility.

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Tips for Staying Safe, Sober on July 4

Posted on June 30, 2014 in Addiction Recovery

Tips for Staying Safe, Sober on July 4

How do you celebrate July 4? The traditional ways in which we mark Independence Day are a minefield not only for those in recovery, but also for those on the roadways.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on traffic accidents and fatalities on July 4, 2012, show just how many lives are turned upside down or destroyed on the holiday due to drunken revelers getting behind the wheel.

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drug relapse prevention

Posted on April 26, 2013 in Addiction Recovery

Relapse Protection: Ten Ways to Prevent a Slip – Part 2

Continued from Relapse Protection: Ten Ways to Prevent a Slip – Part 1.

If you desire lifelong sobriety, follow these tips to prevent relapse:

6. Work the Steps—all of them. It seems obvious, given that it is called the Twelve Step program, but it’s easy to get lazy, start to cut corners, and begin asking if it is really necessary to work all of the Steps. The format works if you work it. Initially we go through the Steps to combat addiction. Later, life will present new challenges and opportunities to employ and apply the Steps anew. Continued effort in working the Steps solidifies sobriety. We will continue to use them for the rest of our lives.

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Posted on February 5, 2013 in Addiction Recovery

Can I Ever Have Fun Again?

How The Right Step Helps Turn Sobriety Into a Satisfying, Lasting Way of Life

George Joseph is Chief Operating Office of the 20-plus The Right Step drug and alcohol treatment centers and one of the nation’s foremost experts on beating substance abuse. He has a captivating and insightful series of blogs on the website www.doctoroz.com.

Joseph’s five-part series, “Characteristics of Sobriety,” explores all that it takes to attain – and maintain – a sober life, including one concept that isn’t generally associated with the process: Fun.

“When people think about getting sober, one of their biggest fears is: Can I ever have fun again?,” Joseph writes. “Most people think sobriety is boring.”

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Posted on January 13, 2012 in 12 Step, Addiction Recovery, adolescent addiction treatment, alcohol and drug addiction, Alcohol and Drug News, Alcohol and Drug Treatment, Alcoholics Anonymous, Teen Drinking, Teen Drug Addiction

Texas Man Wages Personal and Professional War on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

When it comes to dealing with drug and alcohol addiction, the ongoing support of friends and family is every bit as important as identifying the problem and signing up for treatment.

That’s the sentiment of James Patterson, executive director of The Right Step Conroe – an intensive outpatient treatment facility that is part of the nationally accredited, 20-location The Right Step “live life sober” network.

“There are a lot of supervised programs that offer medical, psychological and emotional support,” Patterson said. “But outpatient treatment is where the rubber meets the road. At some point, an addict needs to learn how to live in the real world.”

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Posted on October 21, 2011 in Psychology

Emotional Sobriety

You can conquer others with power, but it takes true strength to conquer yourself.
– Lao Tzu,  Philosopher

 

I asked Dr. Jason Powers, our Chief Medical Officer  to help me write on this topic and here is what we came up with:

There are actually two types of sobriety: physical and emotional.  Physical sobriety is the easy part.  Anyone can quit a thousand times, but only the fortunate can stay quit.  Emotional sobriety is not automatically rendered with physical sobriety.   Emotional sobriety can be defined as resiliency, wisdom and balance.  It is a metaphor of sorts for addicts who develop emotional intelligence over the course of their journeys in recovery.

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