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Footprints in Recovery’s 6 Year Anniversary

We are excited about celebrating our 6th anniversary on May 17, 2014!

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Co-Occurring Disorders…They Are Not Meant to Co-Exist in our Lives

Co-Occurring Disorders…They Are Not Meant to Co-Exist in our Lives

Dealing with one condition is tough on its own, but what if one is the cause of another or the other way around? Confused? Lets try to break co-occurring disorders down for you as easily as possible…

Co-occurring disorders are typically conditions where a person suffers from both a mental and substance problem. According to SAMSHA, approximately 8.9 million adults have co-occurring disorders; that is they have both a mental and substance use disorder. Only 7.4 percent of individuals receive ...

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Drinking Problems and Why Alcoholism is more common than you think

Drinking Problems and Why Alcoholism is more common than you think

Nobody wants to admit that they have a drinking problem…

Society in fact makes drinking look appealing. Happy hours, Caribbean vacation with frozen cocktails, college parties, etc. About one out of every five movies, TV shows and songs have alcohol or drinking involved.

What does this promote to kids? That drinking is acceptable and “cool”. And it shows, as according to SAMHSA, 26.6% of Americans under the legal age for alcohol consumption are drinking. It may not seem like a high percentage, but ...

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Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription Drug Addiction

Medication Abuse – The Silent Deadly Epidemic

Ever since we were young, when we felt bad or under the weather, our physician was who we trusted to make everything better. We knew when we received a prescription for a drug with the handwriting we couldn’t translate that in just a few short hours or days that we would be good as new!

As our generations have evolved, our society has become too dependent on the medications available to us and the pharmaceutical ...

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Is Teenage Alcohol Use A Natural Defense Mechanism

Is Teenage Alcohol Use A Natural Defense Mechanism

I began drinking alcohol at the age of thirteen and gave it up in my fifty sixth year; it was like going straight from puberty to a mid-life crisis. –George Montgomery

Cuddling a newborn is the same as holding a bundle of pure potential–a human destiny embodied in flesh.  Most parents, when envisioning their child’s journey through adulthood, cling to the vision of a happy future; they optimistically tackle the challenges of parenthood by making endless sacrifices to ensure that opportunities ...

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Evolution of the Functional Alcoholic

Human beings aren’t destined to become alcohol users or abusers–or so it might seem–but the annals of human history are punctuated with stories of man’s struggle with the substance.  Our ancestors, ancient hominids, discovered that imbibing water containing rotten fruit produced an intoxicating effect and subsequently taught themselves how to control alcohol production by intentionally catalyzing fermentation.  Anthropologists can only speculate as to why primitive man would promote the production and ...

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Natural Cures for Addiction

Addiction, in its simplest form, is a term used to describe any habitual, psychological and physiological dependence on any substance beyond one’s voluntary control. It can turn us into drugs addicts, neurotics, alcoholics and workaholics, just to name a few. There are many complementary therapies that may be used in conjunction with traditional medical treatment to relieve symptoms of addiction withdrawal. Massage is one of these therapies. Please read on for more information.

How Does Massage Treat an addiction?

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Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect

“I consider my journey in recovery to be one of the greatest gifts of my life.” ~ Brené Brown

By Brené Brown, Special to CNN

Article Taken from http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/11/01/give.up.perfection/index.html?hpt=C2

Editor’s note: Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent 10 years studying vulnerability, shame, authenticity and ...

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The Journey to Recovery

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice-
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles
“Mend my life!”
Each voice cried
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though ...

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Part II– Footprints In Recovery

“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first fifty-five minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I knew the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.” ~ Albert Einstein

Footprints In Recovery
The Imperatives for Residents

1) Be Responsible:
You are, or are becoming, physically free of mind-altering chemicals and chemical dependency. The first imperative in recovery is Abstinence. You don’t drink ...

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