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10 Dangerous Lies Addiction Tells You

Addiction is a disorder of the mind. It is a deceiver and a manipulator, placing drugs and alcohol above all else in your life. Substance abuse disorders thrive on the lies they tell you, convincing you that they make life better, easier, or more manageable. Recognizing the lies addiction feeds you will help you break the cycle of drug abuse or alcoholism.

10 Dangerous Lies Addiction Tells You

Life without using is worse.

Addiction wants you to believe what lies beyond drugs and alcohol is unbearable misery. It wants you to continue using illicit substances to bury your pain. Addiction doesn’t want you to heal; it doesn’t want you to grow.

You’re fine— you don’t have a problem.

Social attitudes toward substance abuse convince us that it has a specific face. We tell ourselves that we have things under control because we maintain employment or because only drink at night. Don’t fall for the social misconceptions surrounding drug and alcohol abuse. If you have to convince yourself your drinking or drug use isn’t a problem, it probably is.

Nothing bad will happen to you.

The optimism bias, or the belief that nothing bad will happen to you despite obvious dangers is a serious risk when it comes to addiction. Fatal drug overdose is at an all time high, and yet we continue tempting fate under the false belief that we are somehow immune. Even past close calls may not be enough to break the bonds of addiction. The only way to protect yourself from the dangers of overdose is through recovery.

Overdose happens to other people.

This one goes hand in hand with the false sense of invulnerability. Overdose is a real and constant threat for people living in active addiction. Every drink or dose is a game of chance you can’t ensure you’ll always win.

What you do is nobody’s business.

Yeah, okay, maybe you have a problem. But that’s no one else’s business, right? Except substance abuse has a direct impact on the lives of everyone you know and love. Your friends worry, your family suffers; your children are scared and they’re watching you.

Rehab is a scam.

Addiction wants you to think it’s a life sentence. It wants you to believe you’re doomed to spend the rest of your days fighting off withdrawal symptoms and seeking the next buzz or high. Distrust in addiction treatment programs and rehab facilities keeps you from regaining control of your life.

You don’t need help– cold turkey is the way to go.

Addiction recovery is more than just gritting and bearing it through the pains of withdrawal. Because substance abuse is a disease that affects the mind and body, recovery requires more than just quitting, and often attempts to go ‘cold turkey’ fail without the proper support and guidance. Not to mention the inherent danger of attempting to detox without clinical intervention– it could be fatal.

You can slow down any time you want.

Ah, yes, moderation. The lie addiction whispers to you when it feels you slipping from its grasp. It says you can get things back under control without actually having to give up anything. You can cut back from a six pack per night to just one or two beers. You can use less, back off of the harder stuff and be fine. Until the cravings become too much and you give in. The dangers of relapse are greatly increased when desperation overtakes caution. Additionally, your tolerance may decrease, meaning what was once an average dose could easily become fatal.

At least you’re not as bad as ‘that guy.’

Odds are you know ‘that guy.’ Of course you do, watching them spiral makes you feel better about yourself. The problem is that type of comparison is inherently flawed. Someone else’s struggle does not negate the gravity of your own addiction.

We’re all going to die anyway.

This is the most morbid of all the lies addiction tells you. Human mortality doesn’t mean you have to rush to the grave. Living the life you were destined for begins by leaving drugs and alcohol behind.

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When a Loved One is In Recovery: Support is Essential to Healing 06 Feb 2019

BY: Alexandrea Holder

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When a Loved One is In Recovery: Support is Essential to Healing

Recovering from addiction is not an easy journey. When you have a loved one who is working hard reclaim control of their lives, it’s important to learn how to be part of their support network. If you don’t have personal experience with addiction, understanding the challenges of substance abuse disorders can be difficult. While you may not understand what addiction is like from the inside, learning to be a positive influence is your loved one’s recovery journey can help. 

Learn What Enabling Behaviors to Avoid

For many people who don’t have experience with addiction, watching a loved one struggle is difficult. We want to help, but too often attempts to do so only compound the problem. Bailing loved ones out of trouble, making excuses for their behavior, or covering up drug or alcohol abuse only enable addiction to continue reeking havoc on their lives. This creates strained relationships and can lead to more serious legal and personal consequences. Sometimes the best thing you can do for your loved one is tell them no.

Encourage Professional Help

If you discover that a loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, encourage them to seek professional help. Addiction is a complex disorder that affects the mind and body. As such, recovery requires the specialized care and support of clinicians and behavioral health professionals with the knowledge and experience to help one overcome substance abuse. Comprehensive, personalized addiction treatment programs focus on the individual needs and challenges faced by people in recovery, helping them to build a solid foundation for a healthier, brighter future. Many people in recovery build their support network through the friendships forged during treatment, helping to support and encourage each other to remain dedicated to sobriety.

Understand What You Can About Addiction

Stigmas and misconceptions surrounding substance abuse disorders are incredibly harmful to people living with addiction as well as our families and communities. Challenging these harmful stereotypes can help bridge the gap between people in need and life-changing treatment.

Four New Year's Resolutions for People in Recovery 09 Jan 2019

BY: Alexandrea Holder

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Four New Year’s Resolutions for People in Recovery

Each day we wake up with a chance to write our own story. Each year is a new chapter, and the details you fill the pages with will largely depend on you. If you are recovering from a substance abuse disorder, it may seem difficult to write your own story, but it is possible. Since it is January, there is a whole year ahead of you to make strides in your recovery. We have collected a few resolutions that may fit your goals for the upcoming year. 

1. Resolve to Find Help 

Whether you are just starting out on your recovery journey or you are well on the road to sobriety, achieving recovery is difficult without a supportive environment. Reach out for professional help. For you that might be spending time in rehab, or it could be a simple weekly session with a therapist. Finding the right support system is individualized, so don’t be discouraged if the first professional system isn’t a perfect fit. Keep trying. 

2. Actively Participate in Groups 

It can be hard to open up about your struggles, especially when you want to be perceived as in control of your life, but participating in a group setting is an important stepping stone in your recovery journey. Resolve to attend a group regularly, whether that is a therapy session in a rehab setting, an outpatient program or 12-step meetings. Make it a goal to participate at least once during each session, even if it is just to agree with another sharer or offer your support. 

3. Reach out to Friends and Family 

Poor familial relationships are not an uncommon problem for many adults, none more so than those in recovery. Reach out to friends and family in the new year to rebuild broken relationships. Express your commitment to sobriety, and mend bridges were necessary. Remember, not every relationship can or needs to be saved, so pick the relationships that are most important to you and focus on those. Having a support system is important to your recovery. 

4. Work on Maintaining Healthy Relationships 

People living with substance abuse disorders have a difficult time maintaining healthy relationships. As a person in recovery, it is a good idea to make a resolution to maintain healthy relationships (and rid yourself of unhealthy ones). This type of resolution takes a fair amount of introspection, and you will need to examine your relationships, the reason for their health (or lack thereof) and you must be willing to accept blame where it is necessary. 

Finding your footing during the substance abuse recovery journey can feel really difficult. Setting small, manageable goals may make it feel a bit less daunting.

If you are currently on the journey of recovery and need additional resources, contact us today.

Best FREE Sober Holiday Events in Atlanta 19 Dec 2018

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Best FREE Sober Holiday Events in Atlanta

The holidays are a time when friends and families come together to celebrate. An overabundance of food and alcohol seems to be everywhere. For many, it’s one of the hardest times of year to remain sober. Fortunately, there are many family-friendly activities in Atlanta that focus on wholesome fun. Start new traditions this holiday season, and enjoy all the area has to offer– for FREE!

CHRISTKINDL MARKET – presented by the German American Cultural Foundation

Don’t miss the sights, sounds, and smells of the annual Christkindl Market. Stroll the traditional market area featuring endless rows of unique German products. Nutcrackers, glass ornaments, and one-of-a-kind handmade items abound. Local school bands fill the air with Christmas music. Authentic German specialties and sweet treats are available around every turn. Located at Atlantic Station, this FREE outdoor festival runs through December 23, 2018.

ATLANTIC STATION LIGHTS

The Atlantic Station lights up the night sky with over 250,000 lights covering an 8-block radius. Walk through this amazing FREE display as the snow falls from 6 pm to 9 pm nightly. Take pictures around the 50-foot tall Christmas tree and enjoy the surrounding area.

THE BATTERY ATLANTA HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW – presented by the Georgia Lottery

The Battery Atlanta comes alive every night from 6 pm to 9 pm with Celebrate the Season, an immersive sound and light display. Held hourly in the Plaza, the Holiday Light Show is a FREE event that runs through Christmas day.

WINTER SOLSTICE YOGA – presented by Mystic Lotus Yoga and Nirvana Yoga

Winter Solstice Yoga is held on December 21, 2018, at the North Public Grounds of the Oakland Cemetery. Welcome the new winter season with meditation, stretching, breathing, and deep relaxation. This special holiday class is FREE and open to people of all ages, abilities, genders, and faiths. It is a great way to release the stress of the holiday season.

DAHLONEGA CHRISTMAS

Visit the “Perfect Christmas Town” of Dahlonega. FREE holiday events include strolling carolers and festive entertainment. The village sparkles with holiday lights on display through December 31, 2018.

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT THE ROCK RANCH

Country Christmas Lights at The Rock Ranch is a tradition started by S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A. On Christmas night, from 6 pm to 10 pm, the ranch opens its gates. Visitors can drive through more than a mile of twinkling Christmas lights for FREE. Admire the beautifully decorated scenes that light up the farm. 

BASS PRO SHOP

Every Bass Pro Shop in the Atlanta region offers Santa’s Wonderland. Games, holiday crafts, and activities are available throughout the day. Santa will be on hand for FREE photos.

As 2018 comes to an end, enjoy a sober holiday in Atlanta!

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