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How to make friends

"You cuss too much. You have questionable morals. You’re everything I ever wanted in a friend." – From a greeting card by Skel Design Sometimes there’s a wall between you and the rest of the world.  It's hard to meet people, never mind find friends.  People emerging from addiction are no exception.  Isolation can be… Continue reading How to make friends

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Puzzle: 12-step inspiration, oddlike

The following is Handout 87 from the Weird and Wacky Workbook for Recovery. Remember that inner kid, the one who loves life and imagines a brilliant future?  Okay, now imagine that same child in school learning consonants & vowels, and have a go at the following homework. * The Weird and Wacky Workbook for Recovery… Continue reading Puzzle: 12-step inspiration, oddlike

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Cravings aren’t all or nothing

Put cravings into context. Urges aren’t all or nothing.  You might feel like an urge is all-encompassing, but if you stop to think about it, there are a thousand levels of desire between zero and 100.  Put the craving into context.  Do you feel it come in waves?  There will be good days and bad… Continue reading Cravings aren’t all or nothing

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Flying cash registers and you

This was supposed to be a "Frequently asked questions" sheet about our book, Weird and Wacky Workbook for Recovery.  But we got distracted.  You are so very interesting.   So today we answer FAQ's about you, not us. Disclaimer: you realize we're a group of psychiatrists, or course?  Shrinks are good at questions, and we're… Continue reading Flying cash registers and you

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The highs and lows of opioids

“Drugs are a waste of time.  They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem.”  –Kurt Cobain Perhaps you’re here because you’re an addict questioning the safety of your drug, or your have a daughter or neighbor with an opioid addiction and you desperately need to understand the characteristics… Continue reading The highs and lows of opioids

About addiction · Cravings · Uncategorized

Four ways to deal with cravings

You’re trying to escape addiction. That could be food, drugs, alcohol, gambling, smoking, or something else.  One of the biggest challenges you’re dealing with, especially at the beginning of your recovery, are the urges to “feed” the addiction.  You’re bound to have cravings.  It happens to all recovering addicts, and it isn’t easy.  But remember,… Continue reading Four ways to deal with cravings