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Facing Your Truth In Recovery: Sometimes It Hurts, But It Gets Better

Let’s face it. There are many things we all wish we could do over again – including those of us who are in recovery. In fact, it’s not stretching it to say that those in recovery anguish more over what’s happened in the past than most people. This is especially true during the first few …

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Why Total Abstinence in Recovery Is Key to Long-Term Sobriety

Some people like to live on the edge. Always seeking that adrenalin rush that comes with taking risks seems natural to certain individuals. But when you’re in recovery, thinking that you can handle just one drink is more than dancing with temptation. It’s a recipe for relapse – and a chance you shouldn’t take. Total …

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How to Choose From the Good, the Bad, and the In-Between

Anyone who’s in recovery knows that it’s not all good times. Sure, there’s the great feeling you get from knowing that you’ve completed treatment and are on the road to recovey. But that’s just it – it’s an ongoing road, not a destination that you’ll charge towards and then rest at the end. This means …

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Make the Most of Your Sobriety Milestones

“It’s when ordinary people rise above the expectations and seize the opportunity that milestones truly are reached.” – Mike Huckabee, American politician, former Governor of Arkansas and Republican candidate for President of the United States in the 2008 election (born 1955) Yes we are ordinary people. Whether we are rich or poor, highly educated or …

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An Interview with Patricia Womack: Residential Counselor at Promises West Los Angeles

With 23 years in recovery, Patricia (Pat) Womack has a unique way of connecting with her clients. “I’ve been to hell and back,” she said, “so while I may not know exactly how a client is feeling, I can tell them that I’ve been there and that I understand. It’s not just something I read …

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Five Classic Rock Musicians Who Died From Substance Abuse

“Sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll” was once the motto of a generation during a time of great social and economic change.  Back then, drugs were often viewed as mind-expanding and, in some cases, a right of passage.  Drug use is not seen that way today, due, in part, to the many prominent people who …

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Prochlorperazine (Compazine) Abuse

Prochlorperazine is a genetic medication available as  Compro and Procomp and possibly generic alternatives. This medication is often used to control  severe nausea and vomiting, as well as treating the symptoms of schizophrenia. Prochlorperazine is effective for the short-term treatment of generalized non-psychotic anxiety. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved prochlorperazine for …

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Bad Expectations: How a Negative Outlook Can Ruin Your Recovery Chances

You’ve heard of self-fulfilling prophecies, right? Well, when it comes to recovery from addiction, going around with a sour outlook is not only a miserable way to exist, it also can put a serious crimp in your recovery chances. Naturally, you want to do all you can to both jumpstart your sobriety and to ensure …

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What it Means to be of Service to Others in Recovery

If you are among the millions of those in recovery who regularly attend 12-step Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) meetings, you already know that the Twelfth Step work involves sharing the A.A. message with other alcoholics – and that such an endeavor can help keep you sober. But there’s a lot of confusion over how you get …

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