Is addiction progressive?

For those who suffer from addiction, the power of choice ends after the initial substance use. Explaining addiction to a non-addict may be difficult when non-addicts can sometimes judge a person by their initial actions. Further, willpower can actually push any underlying trauma down, which can make it even more difficult to overcome being an addict. When someone is fighting addiction, it is not enough to rely on willpower.  Once […]

Tolerance: Why did drugs and alcohol stop working?

Tolerance occurs when the initial dose of a substance loses its effectiveness over time and a person needs more drugs to produce the desired effect. There is evidence that structures in the brain change and are damaged by abuse that makes addiction possible. Neurochemicals in the body adjust to substance abuse beyond just tolerance.  With tolerance, it takes more and more to get that high, when a person is addicted, […]

Do I have to do AA or any twelve step program if I work with a sober coach?

Twelve step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are possibly the oldest and most well-established of the aftercare services in recovery. Twelve step groups frequently host fellowship events which are fun activities within a sober environment. Technique, and participants report success in using the Twelve Steps to conquer ills such as drug addiction, compulsive eating, and gambling obsessions.  Twelve step programs that see addiction as a disease tend to […]

Is alcoholism a disease?

Alcoholism emerges from alcohol abuse, when there’s a pattern of drinking despite negative consequences, in which no one test that can medically diagnose. The severity of the disorder lies on a spectrum, ranging from mild to severe dependence.  It is a diverse and complicated disease, and there are many factors that can make one person more vulnerable than another to suffer from it. The majority of time, the diagnoses of […]

How long will I need to have a Sober Companion / Recovery Coach?

The primary purpose of a Sober Companion or Recovery Coach is to help individuals gain access to needed resources, services, or supports that will help them achieve recovery from their substance use disorder or mental health challenges.   Recovery Coaches can also help individuals transition through addiction treatment. Recovery coaches support the client in achieving and maintaining a solid foundation in recovery; building upon recovery to achieve other life goals [...]

What do Sober Companions do for addicts in treatment or recovery?

Sober Companions are hired to provide assistance for patients in treatment and recovery, and are uniquely adept in relapse prevention methods, coping skills and crisis prevention.  They help the client make lifestyle changes in order to experience a better quality of life in the first crucial days after discharge from a treatment center.  Basically, a Sober Companion can help you get started in your new independent life. Usually, Sober Companions […]

Judging and the Need to Protect Yourself

Where does this intense self-judgment come from?  People try to protect themselves from things they have no control over (everything).  Sometimes our judgments are hereditary.  Ideas get passed down from the generations before and worn like an old overcoat.  It’s a powerful urge - the urge to protect yourself.  We judge things, people, situations ... in order not to feel the fear of being judged ourselves.  The loneliness and harsh [...]

6 Simple (not easy) Ways to Peace of Mind

I’ve been thinking recently that I value peace of mind in my life more than most other things.  It can completely determine my state of mind for the day and my level of optimism for the future. Here are some guidelines to achieve peace of mind. TELL THE TRUTH. That means don’t exaggerate, embellish, or flat out make something up.  The effort it takes to spin it around in your [...]

What is the Basis of All Addiction? King Baby

King Baby … (egomaniacs with low self-esteem) … many of us are familiar with that term, King Baby. What it means is - on the one hand - THINKING we deserve to have EVERYTHING GOOD and to be on top of the heap ... and - at the same time - not being willing to do the work to get there, or FEELING deep down that we really don’t deserve [...]

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