Category Archives: relapse

Rodney

My friend Rodney died a couple of weeks ago.  I have wanted to write something about him, and just couldn’t; it wouldn’t happen.  But after his memorial service last night, I made a journal entry that I’ll share with you instead. … Continue reading

Posted in 12-Step Programs, addiction, alcoholism, grief, People, relapse | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Handling Cravings

A craving is a feeling that we want to get high — to forget who we are, what’s happening, what happened in the past, things that worry us, family problems and so forth. There are times when we’re unable to … Continue reading

Posted in addiction, addiction education, alcoholism, recovery, relapse | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Quote

“Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.” – Pearl S. Buck

Posted in addiction, Quote, recovery, relapse | Tagged | Leave a comment

Relapse Infographic

Adrienne, over at Clarity Way, has created a great infographic about relapse. Check it out!

Posted in addiction, addiction treatment, alcoholism, Denial, relapse, Treatment | Tagged | Leave a comment

People, Places And Things

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that if you want to stay sober you don’t go into a bar, order a drink, and sit and look at it. There’s a technical term for folks who test themselves … Continue reading

Posted in addiction, alcoholism, Change, family, recovery, relapse | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Old Adage

A doctor who treats himself has a fool for a patient. That applies double to non-doctors — two fools for the price of one.

Posted in addiction, alcoholism, Depression, recovery, relapse | Leave a comment

Denial on the street: “But officer, I slowed way down!”

I answer a couple of dozen emails and blog comments a week, dealing with various aspects of addiction and recovery. Every now and then it becomes clear that someone wants me to cosign a desire to experiment with using again. … Continue reading

Posted in alcohol abuse, Denial, Drug Abuse, Enabling, Marijuana/Cannabis, relapse | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Relapse Triggers — People, Places and Things

Addicts in early recovery often think they can overcome the effects of relapse triggers, despite having spent a long time proving otherwise. http://sunrisedetox.com/blog/2013/02/28/relapse-triggers-people-places-things/

Posted in addiction, addiction education, alcoholism, family, relapse | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Recovery Romance? Ah — Maybe Not

Valentine’s Day is one of our oldest Western holidays, dating back to the 5th Century. Valentine was executed for performing the wrong marriages, subsequently declared a saint, and ever since we have associated his feast day with love, marriage and … Continue reading

Posted in 12-Step Programs, addiction, alcoholism, relapse, Relationships | Leave a comment

Looking Ahead To A Sober New Year

Now that we’ve had a Merry Christmas, let’s look ahead to the start of a sober New Year: the last day of this year and the first few hours of 2013.  Back in The Day, we used to call New … Continue reading

Posted in 12-Step Programs, addiction, alcoholism, Entertainment, recovery, relapse | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Newly Sober? PAWS Still Has You In Its Claws!

More from the Sunrise Detox Blog: We all know that most relapses occur in the first few months after we get clean and sober.  Many of them are related to Post-acute Withdrawal Syndrome.  We talked about PAWS in a previous … Continue reading

Posted in addiction, addiction education, alcoholism, PAWS, relapse | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

$100,000 and a Dream: One Gambler’s Lotto Meltdown

Glamorous tales abound of high-rollers losing millions in a night, but the sad truth is most gambling addicts go bankrupt one scratch card at a time. http://www.thefix.com/content/scratch-card-gambling-addiction7901

Posted in addiction, recovery, Psychology, Gambling, 12-Step Programs, relapse | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Romancing the Relapse: Relationships in early recovery

One of the first things we hear in recovery, both in treatment and around the rooms of the support groups, is “No new relationships in the first year.”  If it’s not one of the first things we hear, it’s certainly … Continue reading

Posted in 12-Step Programs, addiction, alcoholism, relapse, Relationships, Teens | Tagged , | 1 Comment

When AA Alone Isn’t Working — The Fix

Some addicts believe that the 12 steps can solve all their problems. But they’re designed to treat addiction—not depression, anxiety, and the like. So how do you know when you need a therapist, and what kind do you need? Read … Continue reading

Posted in 12-Step Programs, addiction, addiction education, addiction treatment, alcoholism, codependency, Depression, family, Mental Health, Psychology, recovery, relapse, Relationships, Treatment | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Start Preparing Now to Avoid the Effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder

For many people (especially those of us in the northern hemisphere) September is the beginning of fall, and with the fall months come the winter blues, or worse, Seasonal Affective Disorder. The time to start prepping for those dark and … Continue reading

Posted in Depression, health, living, Mental Health, recovery, relapse | Tagged , , | Leave a comment