Meth Related Deaths Soared in San Diego County Last Year

All over San Diego County, the rates of meth-related deaths and recreational use has continued to cause a lot more than alarm in the region. What sounds like something out of the show Breaking Bad, what was once localized to at home meth kitchens has now exploded into overflowing shipments coming in from Mexico. How did this happen? A little over ten years ago, there was a giant methamphetamine explosion


Are you Being Manipulated by an Addict?

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Loving an addict is hard. It is frustrating, confusing, and can often feel like a whole bunch of dead-end roads in your life. Possibly even more frustrating is being manipulated by an addict, despite how much love you send them. Are you being manipulated by an addict? If you have an addict in your life, the answer is probably yes. However, there are many different forms of manipulation that addicts


Reasons Why You Keep Relapsing

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Do you feel like one of those people that is “never going to get sober”? It is a pretty common thing, we call it “chronic relapsing” in the rooms, but that doesn’t mean it has to be true for you. I’m sure by now you have probably given yourself and everyone else every excuse in the book as to why you went out that last time, or the time before,


What is a Daily Reprieve and How You Can Get Started

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Reprieve: a cancellation or postponement of a punishment.   “All We Have is a Daily Reprieve, Contingent Upon the Maintenance of our Spiritual Condition” I went to a meeting this morning about emotional sobriety. An old-timer raised her hand and shared the quote above. How perfect. We put down the booze and pills and powders, and we are left with ourselves, which can sometimes seem like a weird form of


Everything You Need To Know About Dual Diagnosis

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Did you know that over 80% of people who suffer from addiction also struggle with a mental disorder? This matrimony is called a co-occurring disorder, and up until the last decade or so, it has been largely unrecognized, and untreated. However, with the explosion of substance abuse and overdose rates, many people are starting to pay attention. This is why dual diagnosis treatment plans and facilities have started to play


The Benefits of Finding Your Own Higher Power

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If you are like me, and millions of other recovering alcoholics and addicts, you are of the variety that struggled with finding a Higher Power. We hear that the only way to stay sober is to have one, but what the heck is it? According to any 12-step program, those of us who suffer from an addiction of any kind, are not actually victims of the substance we use. In


Signs You May Be Self-Medicating

As your speeding down the road of life, it’s important to treat it like we actually went to driving school for such. There will be times where we increase or lower our speed. There will be unforeseen accidents that turn into metaphorical 18 car pile ups. There will be bumpy and smooth paths at times. Despite wherever you may roam, you will be following GPS of destiny. However, this life


6 Hilarious Comedians in Sobriety

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After the death of famous comedian and actor Robin Williams (God bless his beautiful, wonderful soul), there has been an increased understanding about the issue of mental health among actors and comedians. Also, over the last decade or so, it seems that many famous celebrities have become more open in discussing their issues with drug addiction and alcoholism. It is somewhat comforting to know that these people, whom we often


New Study Shows Unmet Treatment Needs for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

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With the uprising of the opioid epidemic over the last few years, the need for substance abuse treatment has increased a hundredfold. Despite the urgent need for mental health and substance abuse treatment, many people are not receiving the adequate care needed. It turns out, after a study published by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, that some 7.7 million Americans suffer from a co-occurring mental health and substance abuse


What to Look for in a Good Halfway House

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We are on the verge of 2018 and what a time to be alive. Most of us are jaded to the fact that we live in a Jetson’s resemblant world where any and everything is possible. We have the power to answer any question in the world just by pulling a little piece of plastic from our pockets and mashing a few buttons with the tips of our fingers. Medicine