Recovery takes many forms and has many causes, but the common denominator is realizing the need for change. It's the most powerful and human ability -- the ability to be aware, to choose, to change, to recover (and repeat). It's essentially the will to grow every day.
I had been caretaking for so long that it was habitual and addictive. However, once I realized that it was controlling rather than loving, I became determined to heal this addiction. I'm happy to say that loving myself and sharing my love with others is what I do most of the time now, and it brings me great joy!
It is our hope that we have offered a substantial and useful foundation to the Buddhist recovery movement.
A little over a year ago, at 20 years old, I took my last sip of alcohol. That's right -- I've never even had a legal drink. Instead I've had lessons -- some of them obvious, others blessings in disguise.
By the time I started high school, I realized there was something I didn't know about my dad. He spent hours in the basement, took long bathroom trips and would abruptly leave conversations. I watched him and I began to follow him, culminating in my discovery.
To me, he was dad -- he could do no wrong. But to her, he was the man she fell in love with. A man who, no matter how wonderful of a person or incredible of a father he was (and he certainly was both of those things), would always be too sick to be a husband.
Most couples don't go through such a dramatic severance and reunification as Brandon and Suzanne, but nearly all endure some version of the death and rebirth cycle. Sometimes the coldest winter can precipitate the most joyful springtime renewal.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that a spa holiday was all about fluffy white robes and whale music. But these days, people are taking it one step further and are opting to use their vacation time for personal development or a complete body-mind detox.
I'm worried that we may be expecting more from naloxone than it can deliver. As far as public-health interventions to address the opioid-addiction epidemic go, naloxone distribution is about as downstream as it gets.
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Despite the minimal protections for victims of drug use and the Islamic Republic's typical manner of glossing over their domestic problems, Iran spends approximately one billion dollars per year on anti-drug operations.
Just two weeks ago, Orange County was making headlines for filing a lawsuit that blamed major pharmaceutical companies for unethically pushing sales of painkillers and other dangerous prescription drugs. Now, Chicago is filing an almost identical lawsuit against some of the same companies.
"We found all the cough medicine bottles in your desk," she said, flatly. "Either you drink as much water as you can until you throw up, or I'll be forced to take you to the hospital." Terrified of my secret getting more exposed, I opted for water. They fired me the next morning.
Being busy isn't a bad thing as long as it's purposeful, but too many people go from busy, to addicted to busy, to burned out.
I respect and admire those who choose AA as their path. But I'm happily, for now, on the other side. Life after AA is indeed a mixed bag and I cannot handle it alone -- but I have learned how to find my own kind of fellowship.
For a few years now, some states have armed their local police officers and EMT's with Narcan, a drug that has the potential to reverse the effects of a heroin (and other opioid) overdose.