Drug and alcohol addictions are common. Some people use alcohol or other substances and can stop when they want. For others, the need for the substance becomes compulsive and can result in dangerous behaviors.
The summer, and the “Turn on, tune in, drop out” movement it inspired, may have faded into autumn, but recreational drug use numbers continued to grow. As of the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 130 million Americans have tried illegal drugs in their lifetime, and up to 30 million report usage within the “past month.”
I attended Gulf Breeze Recovery in 2016 after over a decade of failed attempts to get clean at 12-step drug treatment centers. I was an IV drug user, and I thought that if anyone truly understood how powerful my cravings were, then surely they would see why it was impossible for me to stay sober. That’s why one of the most valuable insights I gained during my time in Gulf Breeze was my relationship to cravings.
Dreams for the future are a wonderful part of life. Kids are full of dreams concerning things they are going to do, what they are going to be or where …
Many get sober through 12-step programs. These are self-help programs based on attending meetings that are peer supported and peer lead. Individuals “work” the 12-steps to find sobriety and have a sponsor, someone more advanced in their own recovery, who helps them through the recovery process.
Relapse after substance abuse treatment is common. Unfortunately, some people go to multiple programs investing both time and resources in their quest for sobriety. So often, sobriety, when it is achieved, doesn’t last.
Historically in the United States many items aggressively marketed as “safe” have turned out to be harmful. Cigarette smoking is a great example. Cigarette smoking was once seen as the …