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Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog, Recovery

It has been said that miracles come in two forms. The first type is instantaneous, while the second is process-oriented. The miracle of recovery falls into the latter category, as it involves a continual process. There is no need to be disheartened by that thought, however. Life itself is a process, and like life, the…

When you picture a drug addict or alcoholic, what comes to mind? Certainly not your loved ones…right? Perhaps you think of the wino sprawled across a park bench or the jittery crack addict that hangs out on the street corner. While these are stereotypes of what an addict looks like, the reality is that you…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog, Recovery

Addiction is a brutal form of enslavement. Psychology Today’s “Breaking Free from Addiction” describes it this way: “All addictive behaviors have at least these two things in common: (1) They help people cut off painful feelings and (2) They are strongly influenced or controlled by a destructive thought process that both seduces the person into…

The shocking thing about being in an abusive relationship is that the situation often sneaks up on you. While this may sound strange to a person who has never been involved in the cycle of abuse, those who have had the misfortune to be in one understand that statement all too well. Understanding the Cycle…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog, Relapse

Love is complicated. So is addiction recovery. These simple truths are likely the basis for the so-called “one-year rule” in 12-step programs. In essence, the theory is that it takes at least one year of sobriety for a person to be physically, mentally, and emotionally ready to embark on a new romantic relationship. AlcoholRehab.com states:…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog, Recovery

When someone you love is an addict, it is very easy to slip into a habit of enabling destructive behavior. This does not happen on purpose, of course. It is a natural thing to want to help someone you love. The simple truth is, however, that your becoming an enabler does not help the addict….

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog, Psychological

Stephan Baldwin is the Director of Business Development for Assisted Living Center, an online directory of assisted living communities in St. Louis. As seniors age, they face an increasing number of health problems. It’s almost taken for granted when a collection of prescription pill bottles start to accumulate for all their ailments, yet seniors don’t…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog, Recovery

Ann Landers is quoted as saying: “The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you haven’t thought of yet.” When you are talking to a person who is in a drug and alcohol rehab treatment program, it is easy to do just that. Why Talking to a Person in Addiction Rehab Is Tricky…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog, Recovery, Relapse

If addiction recovery is a road that leads to wellness, then relapse is an exit that can steer you off course and land you back where you started. When you are suffering from addiction to alcohol or drugs, relapse is an ever-present possibility. What can you do to stay on the road to recovery and…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog, Brain, Physiological

We all need love. From our first breath to our last, we need to both give and receive love and affection. Sadly, all too often, instead of affection, what is experienced is rejection. Understanding the Pain of Rejection Rejection, the feeling of being pushed away or excluded from a person or group of people you…