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Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog, Psychological, Recovery

There is a cause-and-effect relationship between low self-esteem and addiction. The problem is, sometimes it is hard to tell which is the cause and which is the effect. In some cases, having low self-esteem may be one of the reasons you began to abuse drugs or alcohol in the first place. In other cases, maybe…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog, Brain, Recovery

When you take that all-important first step on your road to recovery, you will find that treatment for substance abuse involves a number of different strategies. Addiction is tough to beat, which means that you will need to use all the tools at your disposal to win your battle against it. One of the tools…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog, Brain, Physiological

What if there were a poison that was so potent, so relentlessly powerful, that just one dose of it could potentially lead to disfigurement and the loss of your peace of mind, your family and friends, your money, and even your life? There is. It’s called meth. Crystal meth, sometimes referred to as ice, crank,…

Addiction destroys relationships, seriously affects one’s mental and physical health, and makes life increasingly difficult for the addict and others. For those who do not struggle with addiction, it is often difficult to understand why an addict chooses to engage in destructive behaviors. For an addict, on the other hand, the disastrous consequences of their…

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog, Physiological, Recovery

People suffering from addiction come from all walks of life. They may come from different social groups, different educational and religious backgrounds, and different family environments. But there is something that 92 percent of all people in chemical dependency treatment programs have in common: smoking. According to information from the New York Office of Alcoholism…

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:…

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