The Stigma of Addiction

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There is still a powerful stigma associated with addiction. Because of current societal perceptions of addiction, those who are addicted to alcohol and drugs are often considered “bad” or “weak” people, rather than sick people. Addicts are often harshly judged and condemned for their substance abuse problem rather than receiving empathy and support. Why is this? Common Reasons why Addicts …

Addiction is a Disease vs. Addiction is a Choice

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There has been an ongoing debate in the United States and around the world as to the nature of the phenomenon of addiction. While experts and medical professionals agree that addiction is a disease, many people believe it has nothing to do with illness. Instead, they argue that addiction is a choice or a moral deficiency. Indeed, the country is …

Inpatient Treatment vs. Intensive Outpatient Treatment

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If you’ve been struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, you might be considering getting professional help for your problem. If you are, this is great news! It’s important to know you have options. Addiction is a life-threatening disease that causes health problems, difficulties at work, legal issues, and destruction of the family unit. Admitting you have a problem and …

How to Create a Addiction Recovery Tool Box

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Making the decision go into recovery also means tossing aside the old coping mechanisms. This also means creating a new, healthier set of tools to help you navigate this new journey. We call this set of tools an Addiction Recovery Tool Box and here is everything you need to know on how to build one. In addiction, we use drugs …

I was finally diagnosed with ADHD at 26 – A Personal Story from the Alpine Centers Family

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“Whatcha doing?” “Oh, just confirming something I’ve known for a long time.” I’m sure that’s not what my coworker was expecting to hear as he was making conversation, but I couldn’t really think of anything other than the webpage I was staring at: An ADHD Symptom Checklist for Women I felt my heart in the pit of my stomach because …

15 Ways to Start 2018 Out Right in Recovery

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Don’t Make Resolutions – Make Habits! It’s A New Year and Getting a Fresh Start Is in Full Effect. With the ringing in of the new year, it’s the perfect time to begin implementing some new, positive habits. This is called the fresh start effect. According to the fresh-start effect, people are more likely to take action towards accomplishing a …

Resources for Recovery in Utah

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If you are considering recovery or already have some sobriety time under your belt, we’ve put a list together of our personal favorite resources for recovery in Utah. Everything suggested in our list either promotes entering recovery or things to do while in active recovery. Quite often, people with addiction or people in recovery want to get help or support …

10 Amazing Books on Recovery and Addiction

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There’s something special about reading a book. Sure, watching movies and binge-watching television shows on Netflix are nice, but nothing beats the experience of reading a good old-fashioned page-turning book. Furthermore, if you are a recovering alcoholic or addict, nothing can replace the experience of reading someone else’s story about their descent into the madness of addiction. It will help …

The Truth about Alcohol – Alcohol Withdrawal Explained

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Because alcohol is sold at ballgames, restaurants, and the local corner store, most people are under the mistaken belief that alcohol is safe and relatively harmless. Nothing could be further from the truth. Alcohol is a highly addictive and very dangerous substance. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been drinking beer, liquor, or wine, if you’ve been consuming alcohol on a …