Woman at counter-dependent therapy session

Are You Counter-Dependent?

So much is known and widely discussed when it comes to co-dependency in popular culture, but very little light gets shed on its evil twin, counter-dependency. While co-dependents are weak, needy, and clingy, centering their behavior on what others do, think, and want, counter-dependents are on the flipside of this. Counter-dependency is when someone projects…

Woman looking at bottles surrounding her

Top 10 Myths about Drug and Alcohol Treatment

For alcoholics, drug addicts, and their families, treatment and rehabilitation offer the hope of redemption and healing. But substance abusers and the people who love them are often unsure what exactly to expect from treatment, and their tentative sense of optimism is often tempered by uncertainty and trepidation. Complicating things further, misconceptions about the rehabilitation…

man showing stress during alcoholism recovery with supportive wife

The Impact of Stress on Alcoholism Recovery

Essentially all adults in the modern world are intimately familiar with stress, a reaction in the mind and body that produces effects such as increases in normal blood pressure and heart rate, as well as an increased susceptibility to the distorting influence of anxiety and fear. For several reasons, alcoholics typically have unusually elevated stress…

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Sizzurp and Seizures

Sizzurp, also commonly known as purple drank, is an addictive recreational drug concoction typically made with a prescription-strength cough syrup that contains the antihistamine promethazine and the opioid narcotic codeine. The concoction initially saw limited use in the hip-hop music community, and has since gained significant popularity among some fans of this music and in…

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Agnostics Can March to Their Own 12 Steps

 “…God seems to have a kind of laid-back management style I’m not crazy about.” – David Foster Wallace, from “Infinite Jest” The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released survey results in late 2012 that caused a stir. The results indicated continued growth in the number of Americans who mark “none” on surveys asking…