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What's a "Trunk Party" Have to do with Treatment?

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What's a "Trunk Party" Have to do with Treatment?

Should I Go to Treatment? Treatment programs such as Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous (AA/NA/12 STEPS) are not for everybody. Not everyone responds well to sharing their story with others or listening to others talk about their stories. Sometimes, being with a group of people caught in the grips of addictions isn't a good idea. Especially if many of them are only going to AA or NA because they're ordered to by a judge or some other official. Trunk Parties Have you ever been to an AA meeting where there were trunk parties afterward? What is a trunk party, you ask? A...

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The "Recovery Is Everyone" Campaign

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The "Recovery Is Everyone" Campaign

RECOVERY IS EVERYONECAMPAIGN How to: 1. Find, collect, or take up to three photos of a person, item, idea, book, song, band, or concept (etc.) that has aided you or a loved one in recovery, and encouraged you to join the movement. 2. Put in the caption why this has aided in your or someone else's recovery--whatever recovery type it is. 3. Hashtag #RecoveryIsForEveryone and Tag @SubstanceForYou on any social media platform What to Expect: 1. We will repost up to three of your photos on our Substance For You pages, as well as affiliate pages to prove that recovery...

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Why I Say "Sober" More Than "Clean"

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Why I Say "Sober" More Than "Clean"

I started my cling to materialistic resolution at the age of eleven when I was taken to an adolescent psychiatry and psychology doctor at one of the most prestigious institutes in the world. I'd complained about depression and asked my mother to end it, but I didn't know something much worse would start from this. I didn't want it to end in this way... After evaluating me, and seeing many resident doctors, I couldn't establish a solid relationship with anyone; so it was a new diagnosis every time. Inherently it was a new medication every time, too. Because if one...

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This Isn't Happy Mother's Day! It's Something Else...

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This Isn't Happy Mother's Day! It's Something Else...

Dear Momma, I know that I may not have given you the life you wanted, from the son you wanted, either. Heck, there were a lot of hard times, and I know that this may be one of the first Mother’s Day that I’m fully healthy for, too. But I don’t want to blow this day out of proportion because it’s another trademark Hallmark holiday. That would be pitiful. Why? Because we’ve been through way too much to settle for anything less than it being Mother’s Day, every single day, just for you. You made that time and effort to...

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Buddhism In Your Recovery!

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Buddhism In Your Recovery!

To start, emptiness is not complete nothingness. Emptiness in Buddhism does not also mean that nothing exists. Many people are said to say that if you understand the concept of nothingness the wrong way in Buddhism it can be counterproductive. Just like in recovery, we are not just about complete abstinences from drugs or alcohol. We are searching for a greater purpose of lifestyle and way to live without the pain of what life brings us. So, to understand the concept of emptiness we must first understand why the Buddha was so set on achieving this with Nirvana to relate...

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