Author:AToN Center

How Can I Get the Most Out of My Recovery?

Along with the stigma of substance use comes the media-glorified tradition of the intervention. When someone has a problem with substance use, family and friends conspire to talk them into or even force them into getting help. Being an unwitting and unwilling victim of other...

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Breaking the Cycle of Addiction

Your memories of your family are always intertwined with substances. Mom always kept a bottle hidden and would drink when she was sad, and also when she thought no one was looking. When dad was drunk, he would be very, very angry. Even grandpa always...

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Can I Use My Creativity in Healing?

Art, music, and creativity, in general, have historically come from human suffering. Specifically, many of the greatest artists in history have suffered from substance abuse or mental illness or both. Tragically, however, too many of the greatest artists have had their artistic contributions cut short...

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Changing the Fear Factor

Whoever coined the phrase “There’s nothing to fear but fear itself” clearly never faced the paralyzing decision to seek treatment for addiction. On the one hand, we are often faced with this decision when we feel like we have absolutely nothing to lose. But there...

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How Do I Know if I am Addicted to Marijuana?

Because marijuana is now legal in California and so many other states, people do not talk as much about dependence or addiction. Even if marijuana is less addictive than many other substances, it doesn’t mean that marijuana addiction does not ruin lives just like other...

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The Value of a Good Night’s Sleep

There is a reason that sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture. Or why parents of young babies constantly look like zombies. Sleep is crucial to our health, both mental and physical. Try to imagine, then, after using substances for however long, how...

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Are There Gender Differences in Recovery?

The human experience of recovery impacts us all on every level, regardless of gender. However, there are actually differences in the way that males and females experience recovery that is more commonly attributed to gender. Being aware of the differences and shared experiences helps all...

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The Slippery Slope of Opioid Addiction

It always starts with the concept of healing. Healing from often intense pain. Not emotional pain or childhood trauma, but rather pain from an injury, surgery, or illness that greatly impacts your quality of life. The first time you take a prescription pain medication can...

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Why is Family So Crucial?

Treatment for substance use is finite, but families are infinite. We attend treatment and learn the skills to move forward in our lives, and then we return to our families. If we do not include our families in our treatment and recovery, we are missing...

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Rediscovering Me

When substance use takes over our lives, a lot of things get lost in the shuffle. Probably the most important thing that gets lost is ourselves. We forget who we are, what we want, and the things we love to do. Often, our very personalities...

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